Today is day 6 of the national month-long writing campaign for men on the issue of domestic violence and in support of Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother of three who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband. Launched by the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Women, Emotional Justice Unplugged, and the Free Marisa Now Mobilization Campaign, EBONY.com is the official media partner of this critical act of 'emotional justice' in action.
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Today's letter is from a brother, a scholar, an author, a daddy—Mark Anthony Neal. Mark writes his letter with the understanding that Marissa is a black woman who has an intimate relationship with injustice and whose defense of herself, of her Black woman's body, is greeted with suspicion and more injustice.
"Dear Marissa" by Mark Anthony Neal
"You stood your ground…You simply wanted to protect your babies and for that, you’ve have gotten to know the criminal justice in ways, that I imagine, you never thought you would, for simply wanting to have a safe space in your own home."
"…. there are people who care about you; people who feel the sharpness of misdirected justice; people who pray and advocate on your behalf. I am one of those many people."
Read this brother's complete letter here.
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