|A Letter to Rachel Jeantel - An Apology on Behalf of the Whole World
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Powerful, beautiful, heart-wrenching blog by Khadijah Costley White
I want to write you an apology for this whole world, even if itís not my place to apologize. Iím so sorry that youíre sitting on the stand right now, being interrogated like a criminal instead of another victim. Iím so sorry that people are judging you, fixated more on your beautiful brown skin, your carefully applied make-up, your body, your being, than your trauma and your pain. Iím sorry that you were born into a country where a man can pursue and kill a black boy, your friend, and go home the same night with the blessings of law enforcement officers. Iím sorry that youíve been retraumatized, stigmatized, defamed, and attacked just because you were unlucky enough to love a black boy, to share time with him, to be the last one he ever called.
Iím so sorry for your loss.
This letter, I know, doesnít make up for any of it. Not for the unimaginable grief and pain youíve suffered in the last year. Not for the guilt or shame youíve probably felt, which no doubt has affected your health and will continue to affect your life, your dreams, your faith. I canít even fix the extreme likelihood that you and your children might soon find it impossible to vote in your home state. Or that you were never taught to read cursive, or that the school you grew up attending was probably more like a prison than a place of learning. I canít promise that you, or another loved one (or mine) wonít, yet again, die too soon, too young, too black.