That's My Girl
It’s important that we highlight the black women that are out here stepping out and taking a stand. Whether it’s being on the front lines or just simply speaking their minds, it’s important that we give them the proper recognition.
This past weekend, the town of Charlottesville, Va., was rocked by a group of Neo-Nazi’s and KKK followers who decided to march in protest of a Confederate memorial being taken down. They descended on the campus of the University of Virginia (UVA) with lit tiki torches (can’t even display your hate correctly) and khaki pants Friday evening causing panic and commotion. As if that wasn’t enough, there was a huge rally planned the next day in Downtown Charlottesville that was being advertised as peaceful. But, we all know that anything concerning racism and white supremacy is never peaceful.
The march was met with an unexpected number of counter-protestors and an uproar that I don’t think most people anticipated. The white supremacists were accompanied by an unauthorized militia carrying shields and weapons, and later, a terrorist rammed his car into a crowd of innocent people that tragically killed a counter-protester named Heather Heyer. The rally-turned-march ended in violence and assaults that left dozens of people injured.
All because monuments that honor a group of racist anti-American rebels still need to be taken down.
Needless to say there has been an outcry from all over the world and a call to remove all Confederate statues from cities across the U.S. That outcry lead to a call-to-action in the city of Durham, N.C. where one woman by the name of Takiya Thompson decided to climb a statue dedicated to Confederate soldiers and with the aid of a few others, tore it down as a crowd of people celebrated. This reminds me of another hero by the name of Bree Newsome who climbed a flagpole in Columbia, S.C. and took down the Confederate flag. Again, here we go just being the heroes we’ve always been.
Thompson did what should have been done a long time ago by our government and took down symbols that represent hate and division. She decided to be the one to step up regardless of the repercussions and send a message that hate will not be tolerated. Thompson was identified and arrested by police, along with three others, on two misdemeanor and two felony charges. Honestly, I’m just looking for a reliable GoFundMe link so I can donate because she deserves a clap, clap bravo.
When you first arrive on our website, you’ll probably notice the “Screw it. We’ll do it,” slogan front and center, and it couldn’t be more true. Black women are leading this movement once again with no prompts or advice. We are just doing it per usual.
Thank you Takiya, for once again, being the example of what “we aren’t going to stand for it” looks like.