Last week, 18-year-old Nia Wilson was brutally murdered at the MacArthur Oakland BART station. A recent graduate of Oakland High School, she was a beautiful girl with so much promise. Why do Black citizens continue to be killed for no reason? What can we do to stop the hate and the prejudice?
I recently read An American Marriage by Tayari Jones which tells the story of a young Black man wrongfully accused of rape and the impact of his imprisonment on his marriage. This book gave me all the feels. I have been recommending it to anyone who will listen. The Audible version was amazing. Please add this to your list. I can’t recommend it enough. Download it now. You will thank me.
I’m currently listening to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and it’s also good. It’s Audible’s 2017 Audiobook of the Year. It’s about a Black teenager who witnesses a police officer fatally shoot her unarmed friend.
While these books are fiction, they provide accounts of the discrimination and social injustice that Blacks face and fear every day.
I also wanted to add a link to journalist Shaun King’s spot-on commentary following Nia’s murder.
Final recommendation: The movie Blindspotting, set in Oakland, is on my watch list and getting rave reviews. It’s in theaters now.
Stay informed. Be kind. Reach out.
Open to suggestions on actions we can take to promote social justice. Feel free to comment below.