It's been over 4 months since Breonna Taylor was shot dead while asleep in bed, and as people continue to demand justice, Oprah has taken a stand of her own...
Orpah has just unveiled her latest cover for her O Magazine.
via: Getty ImagesBut this month, it looked a little different.
For the first time in 2 decades...
via: Getty ImagesOprah isn't on the cover.
Breonna Taylor would have been twenty-seven last month.
via: Getty ImagesBut her life was savagely cut short on March 13th by 3 police officers who shot her 8 times in her own home.
Breonna was just like any one of us.
But there's one thing that made her stand out from us.
via: Getty ImagesShe was a Black woman. In America, being a Black woman means you only earn half the respect of your white female counterpart, and only a quarter when confronted with a white male.
In the most bittersweet form, she only received the love she deserved after her death.
Maybe the police officers would have thought twice about it if they could see her badge.
via: Getty ImagesBut all they saw was Black. And that's all it took for them to fire more than twenty rounds, 8 of them tearing through Breonna's flesh.
It all started in the early hours of March 13th.
But he was woken up by what he thought was a violent break-in.
via: Getty ImagesThe officers had allegedly received a tip-off that they were going to be involved in a drug raid, so executed a "no-knock" search warrant which involved breaking into their home.
Without announcing their arrival, Walker believed a home invasion was taking place.
And if things couldn't get any worse, Walker was later accused of attempted murder.
via: Getty ImagesHowever, the charges were dropped after further investigation conveyed negligence on behalf of the police officers.
The officers even claimed that they did announce their arrival.
Then it was brushed under the carpet like an innocent woman wasn't killed in the crossfire.
via: Getty ImagesRather than opening an investigation into the fatal incident, the Louisville Police Department disregarded the case as nothing but a mistake, and none of the officers faced any sort of consequences for their reckless actions.
The only question to ask at this point was "why?"
This careless behavior has been happening for decades.
via: Getty ImagesYou can't wear a hoodie while you're black (Trayvon Martin). You can't jog while you're black (Ahmaud Arbery). You can't fall asleep in a parking lot if you're black (Rayshard Brooks). You can't be peacefully pulled over if you're black (Sandra Bland). You can't play with a toy gun if you're black (Tamir Rice). You can't even beg for your life while you're black (George Floyd).
Two months after her death, Breonna's family filed a lawsuit.
The state also banned the "no-knock" warrant search.
via: Getty ImagesLouisville's city council voted unanimously, 26-0, in favor of banning the controversial law and re-named it in honor of Breonna. Her mother said it would "help save lives" the way her daughter intended to do as she was studying to be a qualified nurse.
Meanwhile, the police officers responsible for her death continued their daily lives.
Or maybe it's because they knew they would get away with it.
via: Getty ImagesBlack men and women are being targeted every single day, whether they "look suspicious" or whether they "posed a threat" or not. It's so deeply rooted in American history that it has become a callous tradition. And if you can't see it. It's because you choose not to.
Just over 100 days after she was killed, one of the officers, Hankison, was officially fired from his position.
This is not about your political stance.
via: Getty ImagesThis is about basic human rights. Black people should not have to fear death from just walking down the street. Their lives should have never been politicized, that's where we went wrong because now we have people debating whether or not black people essentially have the right to live. What kind of bull**** is that?
This week, Oprah Winfrey has been demanding justice for Taylor.
via: Getty ImagesAnd this week, the host has placed an image of Breonna Taylor on the cover of her popular O Magazine.
Oprah unveiled the cover in an emotional Instagram post.
via: Getty Images“Breonna Taylor. She was just like you," she said in an announcement.
via: Getty Images"And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. "I think about Breonna Taylor often. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem."
"What I know for sure: We can’t be silent."
via: Getty Images"We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of @oprahmagazine. The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon."