Response to the Murder of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile
Yet again, we are faced with the reality of multiple murders at the hands of those allegedly called to “protect and serve”. As we grapple with the lack of humanity shown to our brothers and sisters, we, as always, consider the youth who witness these injustices – in person, through the media and in their own encounters with law enforcement and other authority figures. Whether it is the 4 year old girl who consoled her mother after Philando Castile was murdered in front of them, or the 15 year old boy who cried out for his father after seeing in graphic detail that Alton Sterling will never return home, these youth join a long list of others who must suffer the consequences of depraved actions and questionable legal responses.
The reality is that it is difficult to create an immediate or short-term solution for us to attack back with. But, we at The Black Swan Academy remain dedicated to empowering black youth to advocate for themselves, their families and their neighborhoods. We accept the charge of uplifting and emboldening young people to use their voice, understand their power and feel protected by a community that loves them for exactly who they are.
As you mourn, as you take care of your spirit that may feel heavy, and as you ponder ways to contribute, be sure to engage our youth – in healing spaces, in meaningful conversations and around decision making tables.
They did not give us our pride, purpose, or power; nor can they extinguish it. Remind yourself of that and be sure to share the same with your loved ones.
Yours In Love, Light & Power,
The Black Swan Academy