WE WALK TALL
Immediately following the results of the November 8th, 2016, the United States presidential election, the country that I was born and raised in, began experiencing dramatic social upheaval. Threats to women’s rights and an onslaught of hate crimes left me, a woman of color, scared and uneasy about living in this country.
Over the next seven days: a conversation regarding these concerns with a friend who is also a women of color, a timely radio airing of “Walk Tall” by Cannonball Adderley featuring Jesse Jackson, and a dinner party with friends who took solace in the fact that “at least (they) were white” made me realize that I must not let fear keep me silent. Women of color need to be seen, heard, and not shy away in these turbulent times.