The mothers of Sandra Bland, Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin and more victims of racially charged violence took the stage at last night’s Democratic National Convention to stand in solidarity with one another, as well as express their support for Hillary Clinton.
The Mothers of the Movement’s Geneva Reed-Veal (Sandra Bland’s mother), Lucy McBath (Jordan Davis’ mother) and Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin’s mother) reflected on the deaths of their children. “I watched as my daughter, Sandra Bland, was lowered into the ground in a coffin. She was my fourth of five daughters and she was gone,” Reed-Veal said. “No, no. Not on administrative leave, but on permanent leave from this earth.”
“I lived in fear that my son would die like this,” McBath said of son Jordan Davis. “I even warned him that because he was young Black man, he would meet people that didn’t value him or his life.”
Fulton said that her participation in speaking as part of the Mothers of the Movement wasn’t voluntary, but she made sure she was there for her son, Trayvon Martin, “who is in heaven.” All three ladies gave reasons why they’re voting for Clinton, and Reed-Veal’s was especially powerful.
“[Hillary Clinton] is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names,” Reed-Veal said. “She knows that when a young Black life is cut short, it’s not just a loss. It’s a personal loss, it’s a national loss, it’s a loss that diminishes all of us. What a blessing tonight to be standing here so that Sandy can still speak through her mama.”
The Mothers’ moment became a poignant and memorable one. By telling their children’s stories at the DNC, these strong Black women brought the focus of what has become a ridiculous campaign back to what should be the heart of it all: the protection of the American people, no matter their race.
Watch people of all races make a powerful statement about their interactions with the police in the video below.