The second day of the Democratic National Convention took an emotional turn when a group of black women, whose children’s lives were lost long before their time, stepped on the stage and began to tell their heartbreaking stories and say emphatically: Black Lives Matter.
The room hushed as Mothers of the Movement told of their children and the violent ways they had left this earth. Geneva Reed-Veal (mother of Sandra Bland), Lucia Bath (Jordan Davis) and Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin) explained to the crowd of delegates why they were standing there in front of them, somewhere they never expected to be. Their stories brought the DNC to tears.
“You don’t stop being a parent when your child dies. I am still Jordan Davis’s mother. His life ended the day he was shot and killed for playing loud music. But my job as his mother didn’t,” Bath said.
“I lived in fear my son would die like this. I even warned him that because he was a young, black man, he would meet people who didn’t value his life,” she said. “That is a conversation no parent should ever have to have.”
So naturally, right-wing racists came out in droves.
— Mauricio (@Shelby14_02) July 27, 2016
— Donald Bateman (@NationalismRise) July 27, 2016
LMAOOOO, they have Mothers of the Movement on stage. AKA, women who raised their sons to beat, fight with, shoot, or aim at police & ppl.
— Dav (@DavosFox118) July 27, 2016
Mothers of the movement or should I say Mothers of the Racist Hate Group Black Lives Matter
— Trever Talley (@trever_talley) July 27, 2016
— DNC IS CORRUPT (@PCiscancerous) July 27, 2016
Mother of victims of police violence? they must not have done a great job raising them… Mothers of the Movement #DemConvention
— rewrite omitted#7089 (@JohnFict) July 27, 2016
Despite the reactions of bigots, the stories of these grieving mothers are as powerful as they are heartwrenching. The inclusion Mothers of the Movement at the DNC is proof that the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton do believe Black Lives Matter.
You can watch these mothers give their moving speech here: