It wasn’t a happy birthday when Honestie Hodges was diagnosed with COVID-19. She went to the hospital, was sent home, then was rushed to the hospital AGAIN where she ended up in the ICU. She was fighting for her life – and though she was only a teen, this wasn’t the first time.
The first time Honestie’s name made headlines was when police in Grand Rapids, Michigan were looking for an adult suspect and came across her. Officers handcuffed the terrified child, held her at gunpoint, and it made national news. Now things have gotten even worse.
Honestie’s story reminds us that anti-Black racism crosses our path everyday at home, the hospital, with police, at school, and more. Black girls like her are vulnerable in many ways and deserve protection. Her legacy doesn’t end here.