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by Shatoyia Jones, Founder and CEO; Personal/Professional development mentor at First Ladies of Poverty Foundation
You are at home, making dinner, handling business on a phone call.
You get a phone call from a friend.
"I am so sorry this happened. What can I do?"
You stand, perplexed.
"What do you mean? What happened?"
***Silence on the other end ***
"Hello? Can you hear me?"
***Small moment of silence***
"Your son has been shot...I thought you knew..."
Your heart starts pounding, you go into panic mode, not really processing the words...
You ask more questions, rush outside, get in the car, turn on the radio...
and the story is being told about your son who was going for a jog, being chased by a truck by two male figures of European descent. He was trying to jog around the car, ignore it and was shot.
You know this is the every reality for a person of African descent, but you never expected it to happen to YOUR son. Not your son. He's a great kid, has his head on straight, doesn't really bother anyone. All he was doing was trying to go for a jog. How? Why?
And as you desire to demand justice. You start thinking about...
1) containing your hurt and rage out of not being taking seriously or being arrested
2) containing your hurt and anger so as not to be dubbed "insert stereotypical social conception here"
3) unsure of whether it even matters to say anything because this is the "norm"...
For any parents out there or folks who know folks with children...
Here is what I have learned from the Ahmaud Arbery case:
I would suggest to you to not wait until it is your son or daughter who is on their deathbed before you start actively speaking out and getting involved.
How You Can Get Involved
What have you learned from the Ahmaud Arbery case? Do you have any similar stories or hashtags (#IrunwithAhmaud) to share?
a hello from the desk of our Founder and CEO, Shatoyia Jones
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