Oprah Winfrey has penned a powerful column demanding justice for Breonna Taylor and honoring her memory in the September edition of O, the Oprah Magazine, which features Taylor on the cover.
On Thursday, O published Winfrey’s essay explaining the decision not to feature Winfrey on the cover of her magazine for the first time in 20 years. The moving piece also quotes Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, as she continues to seek consequences for the police officers involved in her daughter’s shooting.
“I think about Breonna Taylor often,” Winfrey wrote. “She was the same age as the two daughter-girls from my school in South Africa who’ve been quarantining with Stedman and me since March. In all their conversations I feel the promise of possibilities.
“Their whole lives shine with the light of hopefulness. That was taken away from Breonna in such a horrifying manner.”
Winfrey is one of several entertainment luminaries — including Beyoncé, Solange, Gabrielle Union, Lena Waithe, Kerry Washington and many more — who have used their elevated platforms to call for action after Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment by officers using a “no-knock” search warrant.
No-knock warrants have since been banned in Taylor’s hometown of Louisville, Ky., but the officers involved in her shooting — Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove — have not been arrested.
Source: LA Times