An Open Letter To Those Who Passed The Torch

An open letter to those who made it possible for us to march today, let us continue to do the work 

Toree Weaver

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 9th, 2020 2:30pm pst

Maria Menounos
Keven Undergaro
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Series: Open Letter

Have you ever wanted to write a letter to someone who’s impacted your life? Just express your true feelings on paper? Well, Afterbuzz TV has a new series called, “Open Letter” to give staff writers the chance to communicate those feelings. Here’s an open letter from our staff writer Toree Weaver enclosed to all of the parents and grandparents who get to see the next generation of protesters.  

Toree Weaver 

Washington, D.C 

June 8, 2020 

Dear Black parents and grandparents, 

This probably feels like a weird moment of déjà vu. After centuries of oppression and inhuman treatment, we are still fighting the same beast. You have spent years of your life fighting and praying that we wouldn’t have to endure the same things that made life unbearable for you. Yet, here we are. 

Recently, I had the privilege of attending a #BlackLivesMatter protest with my grandparents. While it warmed my heart having my loved ones see that they raised a fearless black woman, it also made me stop and reflect. With pre-existing health conditions that are serious enough to make them stay inside, the urge to stand for something found them on Black Lives Matter Plaza in the middle of a pandemic. The day consisted of us marching to DuPont Circle, The White House, The Washington Monument, and occasionally stopping to make sure they were ok. The words “the greatest joy you can experience is watching the next generation or the children of your next generation become activists right here, right now,” left my grandmother’s lips, and it hit me. We are doing it for them too. 

The quote “We are not our ancestors,” has been circulating social media to imply that we aren’t as patient, forgiving, or peaceful as the people who came before us. It has bothered me for some time but marching with my elders made it impossible to accept. We are our ancestors. They have been facing brutality and oppression for years, and were just as strong, resilient, and disruptive today as they were. Their efforts got us where we are, and it is our job to push for more. I am an extension of a group of people who moved mountains, and still aren’t done. 

It’s unfortunate that we are still chanting the same words and demanding basic human rights. It’s even more unfortunate that we have made path makers feel like their fight wasn’t good enough. As my grandparents joked that my legs were built for protesting, I made it my mission to assure them of their importance. Because I am my ancestors, I was made for the movement. Their prayers are my shield and their pain is my motivation. 

As many have made it clear that what we are doing now will be felt by generations to come, it is for our parents and grandparents as well. For the ones who were chased by dogs, lynched in their own communities, bombed in their church homes, and whose stories were left out of textbooks.  

Thank you for standing for us; it is time we stand for you. 

With respect, 

Toree A. Weaver 

About The Author:

Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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