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The United States has the seventh highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. As schools begin to settle into their new routines with remote learning and we surrender to the fact that we cannot leave home without a mask, we exist within the belly of social unrest, distrust and cultural intricacies that can create anxiety, frustration and anger deep within the mildest of souls.

We as a people do not know how much more we can take until it is put upon us. The presidential election and the trauma of the lack of accountability for the murder of Breonna Taylor are just two of our country’s ongoing debates and conversations. The hip hop world is working to wrap its head around the shooting of the Black woman rapper Megan Thee Stallion as her alleged shooter is not only free but just released an album that is confrontational and extremely questionable with regards to the egotistical musical content he has produced.

Hip-hop journalist and culture scribe, Andre Gee writes:

“At a time when people, specifically Black women, are still hurt that the Louisville grand jury didn’t feel like cops killing Breonna Taylor was a crime, Tory Lanez released a 17-track tirade exploiting Megan’s pain, all in hopes to salvage his career and win favor from men who are just as fragile as him.”

Black women are forced to view gun violence and injustice towards Black women in our communities and in our creative culture. We must constantly readjust and balance the time we have to evaluate the true level of our safety when we walk out of our front doors with the challenges of our everyday professional lives, careers and status of the health of our country at large—if we think too hard about it, if we pontificate and try to make amends with that is going on—it makes very little sense.

Why are we not protected? How is it that with all the rampant rhetoric about our country being the greatest, we are unable to receive the bare minimum of fairness and truth?

One way to support Black women is for non-Black women to take the time and put themselves in our shoes. Is creating provocative music a reason for us to be shot? Is sleeping in our bed a just cause for our murders? It is true that these questions have been raised many times and I am not taking on the cloak to be the leading voice, but in my experience as a Black woman, I would like for the desensitization, fragility, and exuberant disregard for the health and safety of all Black women to be dislodged from our culture’s painful and abusive history.

Our president would like for schools to erase the documentation of the events of 1619 and begin our country’s story in 1776. This means he wants nothing to do with the reality of the Black experience, which lends itself to the fact that the consciousness of the powers that be has no connection to the shooting and murder of Black women, whether they are sexualized, civil servants and everything in between.

Support Black women by humanizing our existence and connecting to the beauty and necessity of our presence not only in the United States but on this vast planet. It can take one moment to change your mind or simply acknowledge that we deserve fair and swift justice along with safety and genuine protection.

Suggested reading: “The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers” by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Jr. Gates