As the Visual Voice of the Devalued, Jakiera's Eye focuses on 5 groups and one being that of Women. On September 29, 2018 it was my mission to bring a visual voice to those Women of the Greater Globe. Especially doing a time like now when midterm elections are coming up, racism is working hard in the White House, sexism is hard at work in America, and privilege is working hard in the court of law.
On this day there was no other place I'd rather have been, wanted to be, needed to be, or could've been other than at the March for Black Women. As a black women, I feel my job is to display leadership, accept my role as head of this country, and take my position.
Our job on this day was not only to rein-form white men of America what our TRUE status is in this country but to also unite, lock arms with, and remind our sisters that regardless of how much men try to berate and degrade, we are STILL the goddess that we were created as. We must continue to treat each other as such, respect ourselves as such, and demand to be treated as such. The future is women and it's time that we all acknowledge and act on that.
"When I'm with white people I have to ask why are you so racism
When I'm with heterosexuals I have to ask why are you so homophobic
When I'm with men I have to ask why are you so sexist
Two very similar incidents regarding protesters voicing their opinions that turned into rioting. Yet they didn't end with very similar outcomes. Hundreds were arrested and charged for crimes of breaking the windows of public property and setting vehicles on fire at the Freddie Gray protests. Less than a hundred were arrested and charged for the same crimes at the Inauguration riots.
The Freddie Gray rioters were held responsible for their crimes and found guilty. According to the Baltimore Sun, some of the rioters who were arrested for burglary was held at higher bails than the officers charged for Freddie Gray's death. And one defendants alone took five years for a first-degree burglary. I can't help but to feel like this is modern day slavery.
Businesses such as those seen in the photograph above, were vandalized in the same fashion by rioters of the 2017 Inauguration. Yet, I'm struggling to find an article that says rioters were held responsible for their actions in the same manner. So while the crimes were the same and the timing was within a few years of one another and the intentions were the same, I can't help but notice that the complexion of the rioters were different and so were their verdicts.
Protesters turned rioters should choose their race wisely before committing a crime out of rage towards an unjust. system. Inequality is well and alive. America, president, government, leaders you MUST do better. No justice? No equality? It's 2017.
If I had one gift, one purpose, then I'd like to believe that one was to contribute to society providing unity and love through the art of photography.