Say Their Names!

Walter Wallace Jr.’s death has brought me to great pause. Again, bringing the reminders of the real victims of the American institution, the non-white American. So, we say their names:

  • Walter Wallace Jr., 27, Philadelphia, PA (2020)- shot 14-times and murdered by police in front of his mother, who called for help to deescalate her mentally ill son.
  • Rayshard Brooks, 27, Atlanta, GA (2020)- “He fell asleep in his car, blocking the drive-through lane at a fast-food restaurant.” -Al Jazeera,
  • Daniel Prude, 41, Rochester, NY (2020)- “he had run onto the street, naked, while experiencing a ‘mental health episode’.” -Al Jazeera,
  • George Floyd, 46, Minneapolis, MN (2020)- “Allegedly tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Breonna Taylor, 26, Louisville, KY (2020)- “Asleep at home.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Atatiana Jefferson, 28, Miami, FL (2019)- “at home.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Stephon Clark, 22, Sacramento, CA (2018)- “Standing in his grandmother’s back yard.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Botham Jean, 26, Dallas, TX (2018)- “Seated on his sofa at home, eating ice cream.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Philando Castille, 32, Falcon Heights, MN (2016)- “Pulled over for a traffic stop.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Alton Sterling, 37, Baton Rouge, LA (2016)- “Selling CDs and DVDs.” – Al Jazeera,
  • Michelle Cusseaux, 50, Phoenix, AZ (2015)- “At home.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Freddie Gray, 25, Baltimore, MD (2015)- “In a police van.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Janisha Fonville, 20, Charolette, NC (2015)- “At home.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Aura Rosser, 40, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2014)- “At home.”- Al Jazeera
  • Eric Garner, 43, Staten Island, NY (2014)- “Allegedly selling loose cigarettes.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Akai Gurley, 28, Brooklyn, NY (2014)- “Walking down the stairs in the building where he lived.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Gabriella Nevarez, 22, Sacramento, CA (2014)- “Driving.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Tamir Rice, 12, Cleveland, OH (2014)- “Playing with a toy gun in a park.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Michael Brown, 18, Ferguson, MO (2014)- “Walking with a friend.”- Al Jazeera,
  • Tanisha Anderson, 37, Cleveland, OH (2014)- “Family called 911 for her because Tanisha, who was bipolar, was restless and trying to leave the house.”- Al Jazeera,

“There are just a few of the Black Americans killed by police. There are many many more.” – Al Jazeera,

See Page 3 to Keep Living!

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