Oprah Winfrey Demands Justice For Breonna Taylor With 26 Billboards
Oprah Winfrey is putting up 26 billboards displaying the portrait of Breona Taylor across the city of Louisville, Kentucky, United States.
Each of the billboards stands for every year of Taylor’s life, the 26-year-old who was killed by police in her own home on March 16th, 2020.
This is coming a week after Oprah announced that Taylor would be featured on the cover of September’s issue of O Magazine. The billboards urge residents to “demand that the police involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged.”
The billboards, funded by the magazine, showcase the cover dedicated to Taylor, the Courier Journal reported. Also displayed is a quote from Winfrey: “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”
Also included is a link to UntilFreedom.com, a social justice advocacy group that has focused efforts on Taylor’s case. According to local CBS affiliate WLKY, the billboards began going up on Thursday, and will all be erected by Monday.
Taylor, an emergency medical tech studying to become a nurse, was shot multiple times March 13 when police officers burst into her Louisville apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. The warrant to search her home was in connection with a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found, Time reports.
Breona Taylor’s death have inspired millions of Americans including a number of celebrities to demand for justice and the arrest of the officers involved.
Insider reported that Kanye West offered to pay the legal fees for Taylor’s family for their case against the Louisville police, and John Legend penned an opinion essay in Entertainment Weekly calling for government officials to arrest and charge the officers with second-degree murder. Cardi B shared a photo of Taylor and said that “the fight ain’t over till you get justice.”
In an open letter Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Beyoncé said Taylor’s family has “not been able to take time to process and grieve” because of what the singer described as foot-dragging by Kentucky authorities in their investigation into the fatal police shooting, New York Post reports.