#RIPQueen: Who Is Oluwatoyin Salau And Why You Should Say Her Name
If you don’t know the name Oluwatoyin Salau, you should. Known as Toyin, she was a Black Lives Matter activist fighting on the front lines for justice. And now, in a tragic turn of events, she’s in need of people for fight for her.
Her name is the topic trending on Twitter. Folks from across the nation are crying out for answers and remembering Toyin by posting #RIPQueen. Salau, went missing on June 6th. The 19-year-old was last seen in Tallahassee after speaking at a George Floyd rally. That same day, Toyin tweeted, in detail about being molested, and now the police department is being criticized for once again, not doing more to “protect and serve” Black women.
Mid 40's lives in a gray painted duplex apartment style house drives a white clean Silverado Chevrolet truck https://t.co/psDCtYva2n
— Oluwatoyin (@virgingrltoyin) June 6, 2020
Over the weekend, the Tallahassee Police Department revealed that, in the course of a follow up investigation on a missing person case, they discovered two deceased bodies. Many have taken this information to indicate that Toyin is one of those bodies, although that has not been confirmed by TPD. There is also no information on who the second person is.
The cries on Twitter have been non-stop with people demanding justice for this young activist…
activist Oluwatoyin Salau was missing since June 6, after disturbing tweets detailing a sexual assault that had taken place that day. it has been reported that her body has been found. WHAT HAPPENED TO TOYIN? SAY HER NAME #JusticeforToyin pic.twitter.com/76PM2PJEjk
— dylan zo’brien (@kurtzobain) June 15, 2020
I’m tired of writing, “Justice for…” or “RIP Queen.”
No. Oluwatoyin shouldn’t have died.
We failed her.
Black women’s plight of being black and being a women is intersectional.
So don’t come out of your mouth to say “Black Lives Matter” if you don’t fight for black women.
— ℜ (@rosegoldmaia) June 15, 2020
rip queen – a beautiful soul taken too soon..
national sexual assault hotline
— #BlackLivesMatter (@anthonyandpaul) June 15, 2020
#RIPTOYIN we needa protect black women more, the silence y'all hav when it comes to violence towards black women is horrible!! RIP QUEEN pic.twitter.com/fWt2UeiFZu
— chambie スマート (@fawnachambie) June 15, 2020
im literally sitting here bawling my eyes out over this imagining the fear she felt in those moments….we cant just let this pass with a rip queen hashtag and thats it we need to find the motherfucker who did this to her and we need to bring her justice when the pigs wont pic.twitter.com/LEtFd6dkCx
— ⁷ FUCK COPS (@hansolowhoree) June 15, 2020
There is currently a relief fund in Salau’s name. Initially, the GoFundMe was set up to support Toyin, now the funds will “go to the family for expenses and assistance they need in the grieving process, via Toyin’s brother as the beneficiary of this fund.
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