The resilience of Black people never ceases to amaze. After suffering such tragic events at the hands of the police, the family of Botham Jean decided to make a donation to Atatiana Jefferson’s family in the wake of her murder, CNN reports. By establishing the Botham Jean Foundation, the family seeks to assist families who are impacted by police brutality.
It’s disturbing that there’s even a need for such a cause, however, as stated on the foundation’s website, “As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest.” In an open letter to Atatiana’s family, Jean’s sister, Allisa Findley, stated, “Having a loved one taken in this horrific manner is one far more traumatic and a pain no family should have to bear. Unfortunately, too many families have had to suffer at the hands of those paid to serve and protect us.”
It’s admirable that after suffering their own loss, the Jean family has sprung into action and servitude to provide aide to another family in their time of mourning.
Thankfully, Botham’s murderer Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison, providing some sense of justice that is rarely seen in matters of police brutality against black people. Atatiana’s murderer, Aaron Dean, has since resigned from the police force and faces murder charges for her senseless death. As the story continues to progress, one can only hope that justice will prevail, leaving Dean to serve significant jail time for his actions. If convicted, it would send a hopeful message to the police force and the black community as a whole that it will no longer be tolerated and supported by law to murder innocent black men and women without consequence.