When 2020 hit people thought I was crazy when I spoke about a paradigm shift that was taking place. I felt a very spiritual and energetic shift happening for the higher good, but I never would have guessed life would unfold the way it has over the past six months…
2020 will be the year no one ever forgets!
Now that we have survived halfway through the year, let’s reflect on what we have experienced as a collective:
January hit hard as the world mourned the sudden loss of Kobe and Gigi Bryant. Kobe was a legendary basketball player, and his daughter Gigi was following in his footsteps. They died together, tragically, in a helicopter crash. On January 26, the whole world stood still and everyone I know was grieving- sports fan or not. Our generation idolized Kobe Bryant like the generation before us looked up to Michael Jordan. He may be gone in the flesh, but his legacy will never die. #MambaForever
On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was chased down and shot to death by two armed white men in a South Georgia neighborhood while he was jogging. Ahmaud Arbery was a 25 year old black male. Four months passed after his death and no arrests were made. But then the entire nation found out about it, which sparked an outrage. After increased attention from lawmakers and activists, video releases of the deadly struggle, and further investigation by the Georgia Bureau, the men who killed Ahmaud were finally charged and arrested. #AhmaudArbery
In March, we went on lockdown as the novel coronavirus swept through our country. Life hasn’t been the same since. The new norm is to wear a mask, wash your hands often, and practice social distancing. The current COVID 19 death toll exceeds 110,000 in America. We have had the most COVID deaths across the globe. And if that isn’t devastating enough, March brought even more madness. On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor was shot 8 times in her home by the police after they forced entry with a no knock warrant. Breonna was a 26 year old black woman and EMT from Louisville, KY. She was murdered while sleeping. She was innocent. Almost two months passed before her case was fully investigated, and the police officers who killed her still have not been fired and charged with manslaughter. The city of Louisville has been gathering and peacefully protesting for nearly two weeks- day and night- demanding justice for Breonna. People all across the world have been saying her name! Her birthday was this past weekend, and the whole city came together in a way I have never seen before to pay tribute to her life. She would have been 27 this year. Breonna’s case literally hit home for me because I identify with her both as a black woman and as a Louisville resident. What happened to her could have easily happened to me. #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor
April was a blur….so let’s skip to May because that’s when the BLM movement really gained momentum. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed slowly in Minneapolis, MN by a police officer who kneeled on his neck for over 8 minutes causing strangulation and asphyxiation. The entire scene was captured on camera, as Floyd repeatedly cried out for help, begging for his life, saying “I Can’t Breathe.” This triggered black America in an unexplainable way, because those were also the last words of Eric Garner who was killed by the police in 2014. The 4 police officers involved in Floyd’s murder have been arrested and charged, which is a small victory. #ICan’tBreathe
Other small wins include the removal of Confederate symbols, memorials, and statues in various states, including KY. Many companies have also been donating generously to fight racial injustice this past week. But the fight against police brutality continues until we completely dismantle America’s corrupt system, change the laws/policies that protect police, and implement drastic changes for police accountability. The police should not be above the law and they will not continue to get away with murder. Racists are some of the most hateful, wicked people in America and many of them wear a badge. And yes, I understand not all cops are bad cops- that is NOT the point. Three of the officers who were involved in the George Floyd case literally turned their backs while he was being killed. They did nothing to stop Officer Chauvin. And that is part of the problem. If you choose to be silent in matters of injustice, you choose the side of the oppressor.
Being black in America is a traumatic experience because we are suffocated by white supremacy so much that some of us have forgotten how powerful and divine we truly are. It’s time to tap back into that power fully. Black representation in Congress is power. Voting is power, and primary elections are even more important than presidential elections because it is state and local officials who govern us directly. Black media is power. Black economics is power (Blackout Day is July 7th, 2020). Black ownership of land, property, and business is power. Black wealth is power. Black unity is power. #BlackPower
Something different happened this year for Black America. Our voices are being heard and amplified by our allies. All 50 states have protested for Black Lives and so have several other countries. We have the attention of the entire world and it’s important that we remain consistent with the message even after protesting ends. This is only the beginning of a historical revolution, and believe me when I say a beautiful change is coming. I just hate that so many lives have and will be lost in the process. #SayTheirNames