January was the month we all set resolutions. It is a starting ground for a year’s worth of work to be made – for an end goal to be completed. Resolutions come about as we realize areas in our lives must change. In 2015, Black mother’s aren’t just setting resolutions for themselves – but for their country as well. We are kicking off our Black History Month talking to the mothers in the movement.
In 2014, we witnessed what many refer to as “open season” on Black and Brown bodies due to police brutality and racial profiling. We vividly remember watching Ferguson erupt from multiple live feeds, the pain on their faces. Recall the face of Michael Brown’s mother, Leslie McSpadden, as the “no indictment” decision came – the gripping hurt and tears. It grabbed us here at MommyNoire. It always does, and frankly, we are tired.
After participating in multiple Black Lives Matter protests across New York City over the past few weeks – from the NYPD head courters to marching miles between Harlem to midtown Manhattan – we talked to minority mothers asking them what their No.1 New Year’s Resolution for America would be. The responses were real, heart-felt and every mother’s main concern was a means to an end.
As we set to close out January, let us remind the country that we have not and will not forgot. Another mother should not have to live through the pain of burying her son due to racial injustices and never see real justice served. Our children should not be subjected to a country they have to fear just for the color of their skin… in 2015.
“We will not remain silent, while police remain violent,” is one of the many chants heard across the city and one that still rings true.
Watch and to see what mothers are asking of America and who they believe the leaders should be.
We are asking mother’s to join us in the conversation – to declare #NotAnotherMother by going on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram telling us your request for America in 2015.
How will you get with the resolution?