Black Women/Girls Matter Too by Jada Mosely

Recently I have noticed the lack of consideration for black women within the black community, but when I notice this occurring it usually has to do with everyday issues that black women face. The everyday issues that we face as black women are very important to discuss, however we are not respected. It saddens me that the lack of appreciation for black women shows even more when we disregard the lives of black women. There have been a good amount of deaths of black women by the hands of police and others, so why are we not talking about it?

 

Here are a few cases in which black women have been murdered in the past few years including this year.:

 

Penny Proud is named the 5th Trans woman of color to be murdered in the U.S. She was shot multiple times at 1:30 a.m. on February 10, 2015. The media also misgendered her.

 

Tanisha Anderson died November 12, 2014 after losing consciousness in the custody of officers while having a mental-health episode.

 

Lamia Beard is another trans woman of color, whom the media misgendered when reporting her death. Police in Norfolk, Va., responded to a 911 call at 4 a.m. January 17, 2015, they found Lamia Beard, a 30-year-old transgender woman of color, on a sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound. She later died of her injury at a local hospital.

 

On March 21, 2012, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was fatally shot in the back of the head. Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin had been off-duty when, around 1 a.m., he approached a group that included Boyd in his car. After one of the individuals present, 39-year-old Anthony Cross, walked toward Servin holding what the officer thought was a gun, Servin began firing and hit Boyd in the head.