Black Women Matter: Making the Most of this Movement

Kindra Chapman, much like Sandra Bland, who I’ve discussed yesterday, died from a hanging that authorities are saying she hung herself. The jailers last saw her alive at 6:30 pm and was found  unresponsive at 7:50, hanging with a bed sheet. She had been brought in for alleged robbery charges. She was 18 years old.
Esmeralda Rossi is a woman who survived her instance of police brutality, but she and her daughter are going to be traumatized by the cruelty that she suffered. The police had been called regarding a domestic violence or family argument. Officer Doug Rose and his partner were the responding officers. Rossi’s daughter answered the phone was asked to get her mother. Rossi came to the door in her towel, and they asked if they could ask her a few questions. The problem started when she said that she was going to record the conversation, at which point Rose and his partner followed her in and manhandled and cuffed her, exposing her in the home. She was later un-arrested and Rose retired due to an investigation.
Three black women, all relatively recent, all faced police brutality, two dead, one traumatized with her daughter. I thought this post would be redundant, but most likely this will be one of the only few actual posts about this. Despite us being in the throws of the Black Lives Matter Movement, despite this movement being started by three black women, black women still don’t have the same visibility even after death. This movement has become one of male domination. Not to disregard in the slightest these men who have also faced this brutality. But the point of this Movement is to highlight that ALL black lives matter, not just black men, not just cis gender black lives or straight black lives. ALL black lives matter, but we hear less and less about the women and black LGBTQIA+ people, and it does two things: it allows for the police to continue to do what they want, and it divides us as a group.

As we have seen again and again, the police are going to continue down the path of brutality as long as they are given the slimmest opportunity. Black women and black LGBTQIA+ members remain open fire for the police, as in this movement we have devalued the lives of these people. In the midst of Baltimore, not once did we hear of Mya, who was killed, or her friend Brittany, who was injured by the police. We didn’t hear about Arnesha Bowers, because everyone was too busy focusing on imposter Rachel Dolezal.

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The sexism, misogyny,  and homophobia and heterosexism continue to divide the black community. This is used consciously by the police and by agents of white supremacy to go to divide us further. This is very counter productive for this critical movement. The goal of this movement is to eliminate unjust police brutality faced by the black community. Our best bet is to rise and focus on ALL black lives, not just black men.

-JW

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