November 19, 2020: #SayHerName: Black Women, Police Violence, and Abolition
2020 will marked six years since #SayHerName, the movement to draw greater awareness and action around Black female victims of police and state violence, was created by the African American Policy Forum. Six years later and the deaths of Black women and girls at the hands of law enforcement still doesnt generate the same vocal concern and outrage as that of Black men and boys. The show will examine this point while providing historical context.
This story will make a contribution to not only highlighting specific stories of police murders of Black women but more importantly understanding the pattern of erasure that makes #sayinghername necessary.
Why is that the deaths of Black women at the hands of police dont seem to generate as much outrage as the deaths of Black men? Is it because Black women are valued less in the Black community? Is it because Black men are targets and Black women are simply collateral damage? Is it a combination of reasons? What can be done to address this perceived lack of outrage, and put an end to the deaths of ALL Black people at the hands of police?