NORTHRIDGE, CA— Black women are the most educated group in America representing eight percent of the nations population. Fifty percent suffer from domestic violence and police homicides. Unarmed black men and women are nearly killed at the same rate, but Black women killings go unnoticed in media.
Wall Street Journal
There is a modicum of accountability for the countless black women killed by police over the past two decades which leaves black women vulnerability to targets to police violence as prevalent as black men.
According to TIME, Gun violence plays a predominant role in homicides among black women. When the murder weapon could be identified, 51 percent of black female victims were shot and killed with a gun. Within that group, 82 percent are shot and killed with a handgun.
#SayHerName hashtags has become a campaign to call out black women’s experiences on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram who have loss their lives through police violence and domestic homicides.
Research shows Nebraska has the highest number homicides of black women who also represent 70 percent of domestic violence survivors.
CSUN Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Marquita Gammage said “Black women are the strongest in the black community so they often suffer more and it’s rarely reported in media because of racial bias.
Sandra Bland was pulled over in Texas by police officer Encinia for failure to use her turning signals. After pulling over Sandra refused to get out of the car. She was arrested and taken to jail where she died three days later. The family since then has received a $1.9 million for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Other victims of fatal police killings, Korryn Gaines a 23-year-old black woman, was shot and killed by Baltimore County police officers at the end of an hours-long standoff. SayHerName,
Activist Dream Harlem says, This does not only happen to black boys and men” “We have always only framed this as a black male problem, and it is time to tell the entire truth about who police violence and terrorism happens to.”
By Sanestina Hunter, with contributions from The New York Times, Mapping Violence
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