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In perhaps one of the most heartbreaking stories to emerge from this period of uprising, 19-year-old Florida-based activist, Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, was found dead after being reported missing for nine days. On the afternoon of June 6, Salau tweeted that she had been molested by a Black man at 5:30 a.m. that morning. According to the tweet, the encounter happened when the unidentified man offered her a ride so that she could rest and recollect her belongings after seeking refuge at a local church. Her body, along with the body of 75-year-old Victoria Sims, was found off the road in southeast Tallahassee. The suspect in question for both deaths is 49-year-old Aaron Glee Jr.
Salau was a spirited advocate for justice on behalf of Black lives that were lost at the hands of state sanctioned violence. “I don’t want their names gone in vain,” Salau said at one of the final demonstrations she was a part of in front of a Tallahassee police department building, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Her death is one of profound sadness and twisted fate. She spent her remaining days lobbying for justice of Black men like George Floyd and Tony McDade, only to lose her young life at the hands of another Black man.
Rest well, sister.
After four years, hundreds of NFL quarters, scores of Black folks killed at the hands of law enforcement and a nation burning in uprising, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has finally extended open arms to exiled quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Per ESPN, Goodell said that he encourages teams to consider signing Kaepernick during an interview with Mike Greenberg for ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special.
Goodell went on to say that if Kap was no longer interested in suiting up for a team, the league would be interested in “welcoming him to the table” to help the league “make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities”.
Interesting that after four NFL seasons, hundreds of players joining in some form of protest, negotiating an “Inspire Change” joint venture with Jay-Z and a slew of modern day American lynchings, Goodell now sees not only the error of the league’s ways in stifling player protests, but in its specific and intentional blackballing of Colin Kaepernick.
And all it took was a gotdamn revolution.
Legendary singer Barbra Streisand, recently made Gianna Floyd, the six-year-old daughter of George Floyd, a shareholder in the Disney company. This latest outpouring of generosity to young Gianna comes on the heels of a Kanye West-generated college trust fund and an offering of a full scholarship from Texas Southern University whenever she becomes of age.
Streisand’s gift allows Gianna the inheritance of some semblance of wealth that evaded her working class father. There is no monetary offering that can ever atone for the tragic loss of her father, however Streisand has provided a stellar utilization of privilege and access that can change a family’s trajectory for future generations.
Gianna said her dad’s death changed the world. That declaration continues to manifest itself in a variety of ways.
Television and podcast personality Crissle is always good for a matter-of-fact hot take to her 200,000+ followers, and this truth bomb does not require many words to elicit an ‘amen’ from me. When the social influencer tweeted “this year doesn’t even feel like real life,” she basically summarized in eight words what could very well be a global consensus.
The majority of the planet earth has spent about three-quarters of the year trying to avoid a virus that has killed millions of people. In the U.S., we are in a period of nearly record-setting unemployment rates along with uprisings from coast to coast and abysmal federal leadership.
Did I mention that a small, but growing number of Black people, have been found hanging from trees in the past couple weeks?
2020 is the epitome of the wrong side of history. Like the whole ass calendar year. But, we’re only at the midway point of the year, so there’s still room for the axis of the earth to shift toward brighter days, just as there’s still time for shit to get gloomier.
It’s been wild.