Oprah Celebrates Breonna Taylor's Birthday after CNN's Don Lemon Called Her out for Doing Nothing
Oprah posts a lengthy tribute to Breonna Taylor on what would have been her 27th birthday. This comes after Don Lemon called her out for "doing nothing" amid the protests happening around America.
Oprah Winfrey shared a portrait of Breonna Taylor, reminding her followers that it would have been her 27th birthday. She added that while she would have celebrated it with her loved ones, she is no longer on Earth to do that because of an encounter with police.
On March 13, Louisville police officers entered her apartment unannounced after a confrontation with her boyfriend. While they were there, she was shot eight times.
REMEMBERING BREONNA TAYLOR
Breonna was an award-winning EMT and was planning to pursue becoming a nurse on top of buying a house and starting a family. After the murder, none of the officers responsible for her death were fired nor charged.
For almost two weeks now, protests have been happening around America and the world against racial injustice and police brutality.
REMEMBERING WOMEN VICTIMS
Oprah highlighted the fact that while the fight for Black Lives Matter was sparked by the death of George Floyd, there are also women victims that need to be remembered. That is why on what would've been Taylor's 27th birthday, she asked her followers to say her name.
"In our fight to remind the world that Black Lives Matter, we need to remember those Black lives also include Black women."
CALLING OUT THEIR SILENCE
Previously, Don Lemon of CNN called out the influential celebrities that have yet to use their platform for good surrounding the protests and demonstrations happening around America. While they've been using social media, Lemon claims this is not enough.
Lemon asked why powerful leaders and stars are not supporting those risking their lives at the protests the same way Beyonce has used her platform. He particularly called out the likes of Oprah, Tyler Perry, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Ellen DeGeneres for not doing the same.
Don Lemon at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics for a program titled "Race, Media and Politics" on February 22, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
BEGINNING OF A MOVEMENT
For almost two weeks now, protests have been happening around America and the world against racial injustice and police brutality. It began with the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed while out on a grocery run for allegedly writing a bad check.
Although he didn't actually do so, police tackled him to the ground and had a knee to his neck which ultimately caused him to suffocate. After videos of the incident went viral, people took it to the streets hoping to end racism and police brutality once and for all.
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