Breonna Taylor source: Breonna Taylor’s Instagram

White People: When Will Black Lives Matter to Us?

Karen Fleshman

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Today is two years since Breonna Taylor died while sleeping in her bed in a hail of bullets shot by the Louisville Police Department.

Breonna Taylor, beloved daughter, sister, cousin, niece, girlfriend, friend dedicated her life to coming to the aid of her community as an Emergency Medical Technician and was training to become a nurse. Other people’s lives mattered greatly to her.

Her life didn’t matter to her coworkers, Louisville police, who entered her apartment on an illegally obtained no-knock warrant searching for her ex-boyfriend who was already in police custody at the time of the raid.

George Floyd’s life mattered to Darnella Frazier. Thanks to her courage and foresight, the entire world witnessed Derek Chauvin execute George Floyd, motivating people in all fifty states and around the world to demonstrate in support of Black Lives.

What has happened since then?

Very little change, as with past pushes for police reform.

Joe Biden made a campaign pledge to create a police reform commission in his first 100 days in office. In April 2021, the administration declared a commission unnecessary, and instead called for the swift passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, passed by the House of Representatives last year.

The Movement for Black Lives opposed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act because it “fails to meet the moment. For this reason, we …demand new, comprehensive, forward-thinking legislation that truly meets our needs.” M4BL called for the BREATHE Act, divesting funds from policing and investing in communities. While the most progressive Representatives support the BREATHE Act, it has not been introduced to Congress.

The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act is going nowhere, because Senate Republicans oppose it.

This month, at his first State of the Union address, President Biden declared “We should all agree: The answer is not to defund the police. It’s to fund the police,” as congresspeople applauded thunderously and some stood. “Fund them. Fund them. Fund

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Karen Fleshman

Founder, Racy Conversations Inspiring the antiracist generation.