Published: July 31, 2020 1:20:11 pm
For the first time in 20 years, Oprah Winfrey is not on the cover of her eponymous magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine. Instead, it features Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old African-American aspiring nurse who was fatally shot on March 13, 2020 after Louisville police barged into her apartment as a part of a narcotics raid. However, no drugs were found on Taylor and she was pronounced dead on spot.
Not only does Winfrey dedicate her cover to Taylor, she has also penned down a powerful essay writing at length about the unfairness of it all.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) July 30, 2020
“She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter,” she writes. “I think about Breonna Taylor often. She was the same age as the two daughter-girls from my school in South Africa who’ve been quarantining with Stedman and me since March. In all their conversations I feel the promise of possibilities,” she adds.
She concludes with, “Their whole lives shine with the light of hopefulness. That was taken away from Breonna in such a horrifying manner. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. I cry for justice in her name.”