A Black Lives Matter sign held during a protest against police brutality.
A Black Lives Matter sign held during a protest against police brutality.
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Black Lives Matter.

It’s a whisper, a scream, a plea, a prayer. A mantra. It is a statement borne out of anguish, pain, fear, anger, exhaustion. It is a declaration. An epiphany. A truth.

Black Lives Matter.

It is, in one breath, a sentence, an affirmation — yes, Black Lives do matter — and it needs to be said, it needs to be heard, it needs to be understood, because in so many ways — implicit and explicit — we are told they don’t. We are shown that Black lives, that Black life, is worthless, meaningless, lesser.

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Angela Bronner Helm

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