Congresswoman-Elect Cori Bush was mistaken for Breonna Taylor by her GOP colleagues

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Photo Credit: BET.com/Cori Bush/Democratic Representative-Elect for Missouri’s 1st congressional district

Imagine it’s your first day at your dream job as a public servant.

You’ve worked hard, you’ve studied, you’ve honed your craft, and now you are being recognized for your dedication. Your new employer has awarded you the opportunity to put your talent and skills to good use to create a better, more equitable society.

When you walk into your office, a small smile plays around your lips as you realize how often you’ve envisioned this moment in your wildest daydreams. You fight the urge to pinch yourself because everything you’ve wished for has finally become your reality. …


You are WORTHY, you are PHENOMENAL, and you are PRICELESS.

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Photo provided by author/Jeanette and Maariyah Espinoza — 1993

You were once a beautiful, smart, and curious little girl who grew into an amazingly PHENOMENAL woman. You now stand proudly on the shoulders of your remarkable ancestors whose bloodline you share and who paved the way for your greatness. Your ability to capture every dream your heart desires has already been solidified and promised to you.

No matter what society dictates, never attempt to define your worth based on your physical appearance or your ability to attract the opposite sex. That creates conditional self-love and puts your precious self-esteem in the hands of others. …


Your presence on earth gives credence to miracles and magic.

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If you feel insignificant, you better think again. Better wake up because you’re part of something way bigger. You’ll never lose we are WINNERS. — Beyonce, Lyrics from “Bigger.”

Black woman, you are a Queen because you were born into royalty. Honor and respect are your birthrights.

Black woman, you are descendants of the most powerful, intelligent, tenacious, resourceful, fearless, unstoppable, and remarkable women who ever walked the face of this earth.

You are the mother of civilization because all human life originated from YOUR womb.

Without you, there would be no others.

I want you to reclaim your power, step into your greatness, take your rightful seat upon your throne, and continue loving yourselves with the most unapologetic and unconditional love that you are able to give. …


Five more thoughts from the heart of a Black woman

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It’s been a little while since we’ve chatted, but I thought now would be a good time as we await the results of this important election.

If you are one of the “suburban women” that Trump promised to protect from the “big bad Black people” who are coming to your neighborhoods in droves to pillage your homes, this one’s for you.

If you are one of the women who believe Black people are wrong or misguided for their distrust of law enforcement, this one’s for you.

If you are one of the women who haven’t thought much about the racial tension in this country because “you don’t know many Black people anyway,” this one’s for you. …


Some have made it clear that speaking out against racism and oppression is not something they can support

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I never believed racism had different levels of offensiveness. For me, either you’re racist or you’re not and any derogatory comment or action is equally problematic. A Klansman burning a cross on a Black person’s lawn carries the same weight as a co-worker telling a racist joke.

This is one area of my life where I have never allowed a grey area.

Over the past few months, it’s become clear that a few White people in my life do not share these views. …


We cannot fully achieve the liberation of Black people without addressing the destruction caused by the sickness in our own communities.

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If you ask a woman from any ethnic group to define racism, it’s likely she will effortlessly provide her own definition. A woman of color may even add a personal account of her experience with this injustice for context. But asking a woman about colorism often garners a quite different response.

During my own journey to understand how other Black women feel about the validity of colorism grievances, I found that it often became an uncomfortable conversation. …


Why white women should look inward before chastising Mayor Fischer’s lack of action for Breonna Taylor

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“It’s about getting more white women, in this case, to say I do care about what’s happening, and I want the mayor to do something about it, and we need him to listen to Black women who are some of the most impacted when it comes to the Breonna Taylor case.” — Carla F. Wallace, co-founder of Showing Up for Racial Justice.

The “Listen To Black Women” letter was written to Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, KY, in response to his lack of action in bringing the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor to justice. Wallace, along with five other organizers of the project, garnered over 2,000 signatures for their letter from White women across the country who support their message. Unfortunately, we now know how this investigation concluded and sadly, there was not much shock or disbelief from Black women because we have seen this before. …


What is the obsession with putting Black women “in their place?”

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Writing has always been my solace, my peace, and my escape. I’ve been writing since first grade and don’t see myself stopping until the lights go out.

Finding Medium was like the Mothership welcoming me home. Finally, a place where I could write freely about racism and injustice and connect with brilliant and engaging writers that inspire me to be better and learn more. It enabled me to remain on the front lines of the literary world in the fight to secure our liberation.

But none of us live in a utopian society where only like-minded people co-exist, and this platform is certainly no exception. I understand there will always be individuals who have different points of view and that’s actually what makes Medium and the world at large so rich and interesting. The problem I have is when people who don’t agree with my thought process assume they have the authority to change it. …


No one should be shocked by his debate performance. It’s time to call a spade a spade.

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The presidential election is in 34 days.

We don’t have time to be politically correct or to weigh the options between telling the truth or looking the other way when we see egregious acts committed.

We cannot expect Trump’s die-hard supporters to suddenly spout empathy for every American and make an about-face with their rhetoric simply because their fearless leader made a complete ass of himself on the debate stage.

We cannot count on the “undecided” to vote with their conscience because frankly, I am at a complete loss of how anyone is undecided at this point.

The only person’s actions that we have total dominion over are our OWN. It’s past time for those of us who truly have concern for humanity to get into some good trouble. …


The lack of charges for the officers in Breonna Taylor’s case is yet another slap in the face to Black Women in America.

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I prayed for a different outcome this time.

We have seen Black bodies swept under rugs, their families paid off as if our lives have price tags, and the media switching to new stories when the sensationalism of the the moment wears off.

Still, a part of me deep down hoped this time it would be different. The shooting of this young and innocent woman in the safety of her home during a botched “no-knock warrant” rightfully elicited outrage in the Black community, but that outrage should have extended to every community and throughout the government on a bi-partisan basis. …

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Jeanette C. Espinoza

Mom of 2 amazing humans | Author of 3 books | Speaker | Activist | Creator of Jeanette’s Jewels www.jeanettecespinoza.com

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