We Have So Much Room to Grow

TALISHA NEAL

Protesting is like a job. I’m serious about the changes we need. Not only for my child, for myself, for my family, our family, those who are affected. The children that my child plays with — it’s about their future, their well-being, not just me and mine. I’m for the progress of all people. Black people in particular, but all people.

 

It really literally could have been me. I lived on the exact same street, just a few blocks up, a few apartments (from Breonna Taylor). So hearing about that woman and what she gave to the community and how her life was just taken like that. And then to have no regard for her life, like she deserved what she had gotten. I still take it personal, and I still demand justice for her death, even though the protests have died down.

 

 

I’m a full-time student. I work full time, full-time mom. I’m consistently going, but the thing is, I always get through it.

 

Considering our new normal in this world, my child is always asking me questions. And then he always has a positive response. If he asks me about police brutality, he’s like, ‘Mom, why are police bad?’ I’m like, ‘They’re all not bad, but some are.’ And he’s like, ‘OK, so they won’t mess with us.’ He gives me that hope.”

This is one of 26 interviews with Black women that ran in our 2020 No. 6 print issue.
Photos by Charlee Black.

 

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