There are very few people she trusts right now. In journalism, she said KHSU's Lorna Bryant "used to be that person but she has failed me phenomenally." Bryant is also a NAACP member.
With each organization she was involved with locally or in an area, she has a key person; "in journalism, that is you," she told me.
Liz has thanked me a several times for being her voice in the last few months. Starting from the Patrick Cleary post I did last year to today.
Liz sounds great. "My faith is strong. I am taking some time out to get some perspective and work on future plans."
In the future, Liz plans to share more information about a letter that NAACP and others wanted to send out regarding media coverage of the David Lawson case. She declined to sign it for many reasons; the First Amendment; the approach these people wanted to take to "check and control certain media" and in particular, because they wanted to use it as an opportunity to target "me, a journalist of color." Liz told others that "pain manifests in different ways and that we should be taking this opportunity to educate and open a dialogue on issues, including racism.
I told Liz that I admire her for her selfless dedication to this community for decades. That I can relate to her experience of being targeted, suffering financial and other consequences for being outspoken in a small town as well as speaking the truth. I know full well the betrayal and the challenges of being someone targeted and smeared for not fitting in the box, especially by "communities" that should be supporting us.