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Jaden Violet, I got your response when I was in a very dark place. My mental health has been poor for a few weeks because I haven’t been able to take care of myself, and I hit a tipping point with bad policing in Minnesota (the failure of the POST board to name the training fund after Philando Castile was the straw that broke the camel’s back). I felt a physical, visceral panic with no outlet. I wanted to stick my head back in the sand (a luxury afforded to white women) but knew I couldn’t — and in a bout of insomnia, I had no idea how to take the next breath.

Thank you SO much for speaking up. It’s a great reminder that we never know when our words are EXACTLY what someone needs to hear.

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