The only thing missing from ‘Star Wars’ star John Boyega’s fiery Black Lives Matter speech

published 04.06.2020 09:40


Boyega reminded the crowd that they’re a physical representation for the black men and women who have been killed because of police brutality including George Floyd, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, and Mark Duggan.

Black men: We need to take care of our black women.

I can’t help but to think of Malcolm X’s famous speech from 1962 where he said, “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman.

However, I’d like to put a finer point on what Boyega said: Black women, cis and trans, need to be protected and honored in the community—and also within the scope of the larger movement.

It’s a hard-to-ignore fact: The death of cis black men tends to garner more media coverage and attention on social media than the deaths of cis, and especially trans, black women and men.