Every story like this breaks my heart. I’m glad you included a call to subscribe to the Safety Pin Box — I’ve never heard of it but I have already completed the questionnaire and I intend to subscribe.
I am a white woman, but I was raised in an integrated Philadelphia neighborhood and I have friends of all races. I don’t want to live in a homogenized society — I appreciate culture in its many forms and strive to learn about the experiences of people from many backgrounds.
I am also a feminist and mother of two (a girl and a boy), and I care deeply about the progress of women in our society. Right now, women outnumber men in the U.S. (biologically speaking) and still, women are underpaid, underrepresented in workforce leadership, in congress, in professional sports, and even more. Why. Why. Why.
Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us, and I feel deeply for Charleena Lyles and her family. I also wonder about the stories we have not heard — those that are not broadcast by the news media. She is only one of hundreds and perhaps thousands of people whose names are lost to “American” history. We should all be heartbroken about the violence and death and ignorance that permeates our society. I know I am.
That being said, I think the #SayHerName movement is brilliant and I will continue to follow it on social media to perhaps take part in an upcoming event.
Please keep going. There are many of us who would willingly participate in an advocacy event, if we knew about them.