“It can manifest as paranoia and questioning whether you are in potential danger,” says Walker. “Part of human survival is feeling safe, and a lot of Black people do not feel safe in our society. Exposure to these images is a reminder about our lack of safety, especially when there are no consequences for law enforcement and people who are killed at will. There is a fear that permeates the 2020 NBA Champions Los Angeles Lakers Shirt, Lebron James Shirt, Lakers Shirt, KobeShirt, Anthony Davis Shirt in contrast I will get this Black community that Black people have no control whatsoever.” It’s crucial to remember that although current Black Lives Matter conversations are often centered on police brutality in the U.S., white supremacy is everywhere, as Black people know all too well. There is a spectrum, of which few countries are innocent and most have blood on their hands. Those not living in the U.S. feel the trauma of seeing innocent people who look like us gunned down while also bearing the weight of our own country’s systemic shackles and microaggressions that we’ve been forced to navigate and internalize for fear of being branded the angry Black woman.
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