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How to get away with murder.

That's easy. Commit a crime against the Black community. More specifically, Black womxn. I mean... Were you really surprised by Breonna's case outcome? Cause we're not. 

Being Black in the US means almost never tasting proper justice. But being a Black womxn means an even lower chance at it. So, no. We're not surprised. We are fully triggered instead.


We're not here only to complain how upsetting this is. We would love to take this moment to make a point about how Black womxn are mistreated under the social justice eyes and that is our problem too. Breonna wasn't the first, and surely isn't the last.


According to Stewart Coles, lead researcher of a study on How Group Prototypes Lead to the Erasure and Exclusion of Black Women published by the American Psychological Association, "Black women are often overlooked in people's conversations about racism and sexism even though they face a unique combination of both of these forms of discrimination simultaneously.”


It’s been 6 months since Breonna Taylor was shot in her own home, victim of senseless police brutality. She was shot eight times, in a foolish attempt of law enforcement. Police handled her with a drug-warrant execution. While they had the wrong information, the person they were actually looking for was already being detained. There were three cops involved - the one who got criminal charges was not the one who actually shot Breonna and is being charged with "wanton endangerment." Mind you, Breonna’s case didn’t get much attention until George Floyd’s case blew up in the media.


Back in 2014, #SayHerName was created by Kimberlé Crenshaw to shed a light on the disproportionate rate by which Black womxn have been killed by police brutality in comparison to Black men. But don’t think this is something “recent”. For instance, in 1866, a group of African-American women testified before Congress about being gang-raped by white men during the Memphis Riot. Even though their testimony was strongly founded, it was still not enough to punish the rapist. 


“Although Black women are routinely killed, raped and beaten by the police, their experiences are rarely foregrounded in popular understandings of police brutality,” said Kimberlé Crenshaw, author and published of the #SayHerName report with Andrea Ritchie, and the African American Policy Forum in 2015. 


How do you digest this information?

For us, at EmpowHer New York, we only see one option. We need to be vocal about all violence cases against womxn, but we need to give special love to Black womxn. Their experiences and narratives are extremely valid. Police brutality against them can’t be diminished. They matter, their lives matter, and their journey doesn’t deserve to be stopped by others' ignorance.

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