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Oprah Puts Breonna Taylor On Cover Of O Magazine, Demands Justice

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By Ryan Naumann

Oprah is putting Breonna Taylor on the cover of her magazine to raise awareness of the situation and to demand justice.

The mogul shared the September cover of O Magazine on her Instagram. The front features Breonna wearing her Louisville EMT shirt. A quote from Oprah reads, “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become accomplice to it.”

Oprah wrote, “Breonna Taylor. 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. I think about Breonna Taylor often. 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.”

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She continued, “We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of @oprahmagazine. The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon. Head to OprahMag.com for more—and thank you to @alexis_art, a 24-year-old digital artist, who captured the essence of Breonna. The issue will be available wherever you buy or download magazines on 8/11.”

On March 13, 2020, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by the Louisville Metro Police Department. Three plain-clothed officers executed a no-knock search warrant on her apartment in Kentucky.

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As the officers broke into her apartment, Breonna’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker exchanged gunfire with officers believing they were intruders.

The police officers fired over twenty shots and eight hit Breonna. The warrant was in relation to an investigation into two men, Jamarcus Glover and Adrian Walker, suspected of selling drugs. Jamarcus was an ex-boyfriend of Breonna.

The three officers involved, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove, have yet to be fired or face any consequences.

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