In the wake of the horrific murder of Trayvon and subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman, I wanted to take some time to discuss the impact of racial profiling on Black women as well.
Racial profiling is harmful to Black people and it needs to be stopped. Black Women like Rekia Boyd, Frankie Perkins, Shea Diggles and Black girls like Aiyana Jones need to have their stories included in the wider discourse of racial profiling, but we only seem to discuss racial profiling as it pertains to Black men.
Racial profiling and brutality at the hands of law enforcement, is a big problem for Black men AND Black women. According to statistics , in New York, 80% of the women who are “Stopped and Frisked,” are Black or Hispanic. Black women are more likely to be stopped and strip searched at airports than any other group…and Black women experience police brutality disproportionately. Black women make up the largest percentage of the female prison population.
My heart is broken over Trayvon and I want the racial profiling against Black PEOPLE to stop, I want the dehumanization to stop! However, we have to remember that racial profiling isn’t just a problem that affects Black men. Both Black men and Black women are a valuable part of the community and if we are going to solve the problem of racial profiling and brutality, we need to include both Black men and Black women