Trigger Warning for written work after artwork: Murder, death, sexual assault
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These quotes are from this video of Oluwatoyin's last speech at a BLM protest:
“BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER! Tony McDade was a black trans man. We do’in this for him. We do’in this for our brothers and sisters who got shot, but we do’in this for every black person.”
“Because at the end of the day, I cannot take my f*cking skin color off. I cannot mask this sh*t, okay? Everywhere I f*cking go I am profiled whether I like it or not. I am looked at whether I like it or not.”
"I want white people to realize they’re f*cking privileged. No one can look at you and tell anything about you, unless you give them that information. Wherever the f*ck I go, I’m profiled. Look at my f*cking hair. Look at my skin, bruh. I can’t take this sh*t off. So guess what? Im’a die bout it.”
“You cannot take my blackness away from me, my blackness is not for your f*cking consumption.”
Y’all need to know who the f*cking enemy is. Sometimes I get mad. But, I’m not trying to divide nobody. Y’all need to remember who the f*cking enemy is.
“The same energy we have walking the streets, keep that energy with you at all f*cking time.”
“Don’t let nobody take away your blackness from you. Your blackness is not supposed to be subdued at all.”
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PROTECT BLACK GIRLS AND WOMEN
Trigger Warning for: Murder, death, sexual assault
I woke up Monday morning and went against my "Do not open Instagram until 11am" rule, and opened it anyway to checked the first story posted on my timeline. It was her face with a "SayHerName" hashtag and a screenshot of tweets of the recent news.
My immediate thought was: "This is the price Black women are paying for the fight for our rights and the rights of all Black people?"
Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau was (I hate how I have to say was and not is) a black 19-year-old, young woman, and activist. Girl, really. Considering she's younger than my younger sister, and how much life she had left in her until she was reported dead this week in Tallahassee, Florida. Although these past weeks have been a blur, I saw the tweets from her friends and fellow activists about her going missing after she sent out a series of tweets about her sexual assault at the hands of a man after the protests took place.
She spoke passionately and proudly at a Black Lives Matter Protest, using her powerful voice to draw attention to the murder of the transgender man, Tony McDade, whose life was taken by the police on May 27th, 2020. I listened to her speech and was speechless myself. She had such love and passion for every Black person.
I created this art work in honor of her and to call attention to how she impacted me, and how at every corner, Black woman are in danger even without police brutality.
There is more I could say and I'll never stop saying her name, but for now, I think I'll let my art speak for me.
Rest In Power, Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau