These days, having hope as a Black woman can be hard. But history shows progress is possible


Saturday, October 3, 2020

On 24 September, a Kentucky grand jury delivered an unsurprising verdict: Breonna Taylor’s killers would walk free. The frequency of Black killings at the hands of police does not lessen the severity of the pain, it deepens the wound.

I thought that justice – some form of “justice”, however flawed – might be possible. After the global outcry and collective organizing this summer, I felt hope. People marched in the streets risking their health to declare that Black lives – Breonna’s life – mattered. I thought it might be possible to change this system. So, when the grand jury pretty much decided that yet another Black woman’s life doesn’t deserve justice, I wondered: was I wrong to have had hope?

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