—James Baldwin, "An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis," Nov. 1970
As I look at what I've done
The type of life that I've lived
How many things I pray the father will forgive…
One situation… involved a young man
He was the ocean… and I was the sand
Tears streamed down her face as she openly shared her frustration and grief about the back-to-back killings that had taken place one week ago.
And even though the authenticity of her emotions clearly displayed her social consciousness, my heart was unsettled.
Before me was something that I did not often see, but an act that I felt needed to happen more often: A white woman not only openly condemning police brutality against African Americans in America but genuinely and unapologetically speaking the truths of the lack of value placed on black lives.
Black men, women and children are humans.
Our lives have value, and she understood that.