Sexual abuse activist Tarana Burke says Harvey Weinstein being jailed this year was "astonishing" but far from the end of the Me Too movement. Tarana began using the phrase "Me Too" in 2006 to raise awareness of women who had been abused. Eleven years later, the movement found global recognition after a viral tweet by actress Alyssa Milano. Milano was one of the women who accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. Investigations led to his imprisonment earlier this year, but how has that affected the wider Me Too movement?
The invitation to participate in a COVID-19 antibody study arrived in Jacquelyn Temple's inbox early last month. Initially, the 72-year-old Leimert Park resident felt hope. She wondered whether the study and accompanying blood test could answer why she had been experiencing months of respiratory problems, even through her coronavirus test had come back negative. Maybe, she thought, the test would reveal that she had been exposed and recovered. Then she was hit with what she calls "a Tuskegee moment."
When Dr. Nadine Burke Harris received her COVID-19 vaccine in Oakland last month, she internally rejoiced. As California's surgeon general, the state's top physician, she was glad to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to show others it was safe. But one of the most critical parts of the pandemic's vaccine rollout -- reassuring Black and brown communities that the vaccines available are safe -- is an ongoing task. "I think that I myself probably didn't realize how ... just that level of tension that I was holding, you know, around it," Burke Harris said in a recent interview. It was that awareness, that idea of being protected.