White Apologies & Black Funerals

COVID-19 is not the only thing killing the black community during this pandemic.

Posted May 27, 2020

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tye Anders, Christian Cooper, and George Floyd are all names we have familiarized ourselves with during this pandemic. As the world is in shambles and everything is on pause, one thing that remains the same is how black lives are viewed. “Here we go with another racial post” might be what crosses your mind especially for those who “don’t see color” but I hope your ego allows you to see this.

In every name I listed above there is some connection to the police. By societal standards, the equation for blacks plus police always equals criminal and/or death. There really is no in-between. Every time a new life is taken or threatened, I remember how fast life altering situations can happen in the matter of seconds.

If you pulled up my resume you would see a profound woman with two degrees, extensive history working with at-risk youth and communities, a former member of prominent national organizations such as the NAACP and National Alliance of Black Social Workers. She traveled to Armenia and did qualitative research on Syrian refugees. If you pulled up my social media, you would see a woman dedicated to her business as an artist, blogger, and graphic designer. Always traveling. She loves her family, boyfriend, and friends who would all describe her as down to earth, caring, and upbeat. Even if you called my professional references, they would acknowledge my accountability as a valuable team member.

However, if you pulled up my criminal background in 2016 you would have found an arrest history with a criminal charge for 2nd degree assault. For those who are not aware, in the state of Maryland a 2nd degree assault is considered a misdemeanor w