I could have written my thoughts about police brutality and Black Lives Matter after Trayvon Martin. I didn’t. After reading the news, scrolling through social media, and listening to hot takes, I felt like everything that I would have said had already been said.
I could have written my thoughts after Michael Brown. I didn’t. I felt like everything had already been said.
After Eric Garner. I didn’t.
After Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Jonathan Ferrell, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, and Freddie Gray. I didn’t.
And now we have Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. I almost didn’t again.
What more could I add to what’s already been said?
Nothing original. What I think about saying has already been said in more eloquent terms.
But that’s okay. Feeling sad and angry about black people losing their lives due to police actions isn’t an original thought, but it is an authentic one.
And authentic thoughts are enough.