I’ve been searching for something to say; my sister has said most of it.
Too many things I don’t have the ability to write about. Really just two. Really just one. How long will black women have to live in the world before we are seen as valuable, before we are no longer reviled, ridiculed, devalued, dehumanized, dismissed?
I can’t write about Chibok’s kidnapped daughters because my impotence chokes me. I can’t find any way to talk through my horror and sadness, my spitting, explosive anger, my inability to do anything. Anything.
Which you’ve heard from me before. When Sean Bell’s killerswereacquitted.* When Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted. When Abeer Qassim al-Janabi’s killer got life instead of a death sentence. Because that is always the problem for me. These horror stories so demoralize and enrage me with their ability to show me a) just how little room there is for me in this world and b) just how little I…
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