Today's inspiration was from Anna J. Small Roseboro, who shared Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem "We Wear the Mask." She encouraged us to write about masks in some way, perhaps including a line from his poem, thinking about our own observations about masks this year.
I simply couldn't shake the image of Darnella Frazier from my mind, the young woman who filmed the murder of George Floyd. I keep thinking about her doing this ordinary thing, walking to her local store with her nine-year-old cousin, and then coming across this horror.
I use and repeat one line from the Dunbar poem - "Beneath our feet, and long the mile." I also quote a line from her testimony during the trial this week regarding her fear for Black men in her life being treated this way by police - "That could've been one of them."
a poem about the bravery of Darnella Frazier