Over the last several months, the social media and activists have made it clear that #BlackLivesMatter. The movement has grown worldwide, but often missing from the dynamic is the talk about black women who have been killed at the hands of police.
According to a new report, “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women,” by the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality & Social Policy Studies at Columbia University, the number of cases involving black women assaulted or killed by law-enforcement officers has increased.
“Although Black women are routinely killed, raped and beaten by the police, their experiences are rarely foregrounded in popular understandings of police brutality,” said Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, director of the AAPF and co-author of the report, in a statement. “Yet, inclusion of Black women’s experiences in social movements, media narratives and policy demands around policing and police brutality is critical to effectively combating racialized state violence for Black communities and other communities of color.”
On Wednesday a rally was held in New York City to bring to light the names of the black women who have lost their lives because of police officers. Families of women, like Rekia Boyd, who were killed by police were in attendance. And the call for action continues online with the hashtag #SayHerName, which highlights the issues faced by black women and their encounters with law enforcement.