She’s in the hospital. Her pain is great. It can be likened unto death. Yet, she suffers in order to give birth to new life. When the baby is out of the womb, the pain is worth it as she holds the newborn in her arms and smiles gently. The pain is already forgotten because adversity accompanies everything of value.
But, the woman that once felt great joy in holding a newborn baby now has to endure intense pain when those who are supposed to be protectors of the community shoot down her child without any consequences. Mamie Till, the mother of Emmett Till, found herself in this predicament. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, Leslie McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, and Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir rice all found themselves in this circumstance. And they all stood up for the cause of justice.
On October 10, 2015 during the ‘Justice or Else’ program, Dr. Ava Muhammad said that the woman is the natural protector of what her womb produces. It is because of the interconnectedness between a mother and her child that some mothers have been found to lift up cars in order to save their children. The intense love of a mother transcends death when her child is murdered. She does all that she can to ensure her child gets justice and to ensure that the murderer is locked up.
Perhaps this is why women are leading movements around the world. The dissatisfied element in women has been sparked because enough has become enough. When enough becomes enough, it’s time to take action and put your life on the line so that the next generation will not have to suffer what the previous generation suffered. Mothers have already suffered a pain likened unto death when giving birth, so they are not afraid to suffer once again to get justice.
A woman scorned might be dangerous, but a mother who lost her child to those who are supposed to serve as protectors is even more dangerous. She not only fights for her child, but she fights on behalf of all of those who feel the pain that she feels. Women like Mamie Till are honorable because through their struggles and examples, the next generation is inspired to stand up for the cause of justice.
Peace & Blessings,
Sister Anisah Muhammad