This Thanksgiving as we gather with family and loved ones to give thanks for the blessings of life, health, perseverance and hope, I personally want to express my resolute thankfulness for your (young black men's) unwavering resilience in this environment that fumes evil, hatred, and lack of compassion for you; still you remain ever strong, ever alive, and ever fighting.
Where is the outrage for the taken lives of these women? Where are the marches and protests in resistance of male violence against women? This issue should headline every Sunday news show; talks of the prevalence of IPV should be on the front page of local and national newspapers tomorrow morning (and every morning).
We all face the challenge of truly seeing beyond our own entry point the travails of our sisters who make up roughly 13 percent of the female population in the United States, but who remain largely on the margins in the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens -- and often in their own communities.
As the Black Lives Matter movement sweeps the nation, we would be remiss to not use this time as a moment to discuss not just the death, but the preservation and physical conditions of black bodies. Conversations can't end at violence and injury -- instead, we must also acknowledge that health, wellness and the security of quality health care are important aspects of a life well-lived.