T. Miller has a small request. A desperate plea for you to just hear her story, and the stories of so many you have never even known existed. Just hit play and hear her out.
NSFW: She describes a violent crime and the awful words that came with it at 1:30.
T. Miller has a lot of experience with the struggle of being black, gay, a woman, and dominant in Detroit. She’s lost many friends whose only crime was existing outside the comfort zone of people who don’t bother to learn that people who are different from them exist in the world. And the stories of people just like her often get buried by our complacent media.
More people should know about those who have died. You should know the name Britney Cosby. You should learn more about Sakia Gunn. I would tell you more about what they were like, but nothing exists beyond a news story of their death. And there are countless other women out there, afraid not only of being murdered, but of no one ever knowing they existed. Because people never talk about them.
More people should acknowledge the humanity that is inherent in each of us. More people should learn what their indifference can do. Most importantly, more people could share this if they think these women’s names should be heard. I hope you do. It’s not that big of an ask, and the biggest struggle right now is making sure someone, anyone, knows that Sakia Gunn, Britney Cosby, and the many others you’ve never heard of existed.
And I hope you learn more of T’s compelling stories by Liking her Facebook page.