Shaela Worsley asked a crowd gathered at Union Church in Berea if they’ve ever spoken from their heart when their heart is hurting.
Worsley, a guest speaker at Berea’s March for Solidarity with Black Lives Matter, said her heart is hurting for Breonna Taylor’s parents “because they are still trying to get justice for their child.”
Taylor was killed on March 13 by Louisville police officers who served a no-knock warrant at her home. Those officers have not been arrested for killing Taylor.
“We are out here fighting while they are enjoying vacation,” Worsley said. “What is this world really coming to?
“Why do we have to fight 10 times harder just so they can hear us … just so they can see our humanity?”
Kimberly Moore, who helped organize the event Saturday afternoon, also spoke briefly.
“Where do we go from here?” she asked.
Her answer was making demands to demilitarize and defund police. She also encouraged banning for-profit prisons.
Instead, she hopes for non-threatening alternatives, such as using social workers when people are calling for help.
Another guest speaker, Jessica Klanderud, added to what Worsley and Moore said.
“I’m a firm believer you can’t move forward without knowing where you came from,” she said.
Klanderud explained police “came out of a system designed to protect private property.”
“Slave patrols were there to catch runaways … making sure that property wasn’t lost to the rightful slave owner,” she said.
For a period of time in history, it was monetarily beneficial to criminalize Black people, she said.
“And we are done with that,” she added.
“In remember those who died to unjust brutality … we are making very good progress,” she said.
But there’s still work to be done.
She called Taylor’s death state sponsored, adding that her death creates potential for the gentrification of where she lived.
“This is something we absolutely have to wrestle with,” she added.
Klanderud also pointed out the recent lynchings of Black people around the country when talking about how unfairly Black people are treated.
And the only way to fight a system that still treats Black people as property, she said, is to be organized.
“You cannot fight a system with your own feelings,” Klanderud said. “This is what is needed to bring about justice.”
Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott of Louisville added that the way to be organized is reach out to legislators.
“You don’t have to be in Louisville to say wrong is wrong and enough is enough,” she said. “People are talking about Kentucky … and other places that are standing up for Black lives.”
People everywhere in Kentucky are demanding justice for Taylor, she explained.
“We are demanding that the officers who murdered Breonna are fired, arrested and charged. We will accept nothing less,” she said.
Scott also brought up Breonna’s Law, which was passed in Louisville to end no-knock warrants. She said it needs to be the first law to be passed in Kentucky legislative session.
Scott added it doesn’t matter if you agree with local representatives. They still need to hear what the people want, she explained.
“That’s when you can get legislation to end no-knock warrants without exceptions, and that is when you can end qualified immunity for police officers,” Scott said.
“I know another Kentucky is possible, and we are building her.”
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