There have been a few blog posts that have claimed that when Black women are faced with police brutality, there are no marches and very little action on the part of the Black community. However, when you compare that to the reaction of the Black community when Black men face police brutality, there is much more outrage and collective action. A few bloggers have claimed that, therefore, why should Black women “soldier,” for others when no one soldiers for us.
Here is my brief response:
I don’t deny that the Black community doesn’t respond with as much support to Black women who face police brutality. There are many Black women who are brutalized by the police, for example there was a Black woman who was slammed to the ground based on false, unsubstantiated charges and left naked in the hall way, while male police officers gawked at her, there was Rekia Boyd, who was an innocent bystander who was murdered by a police officer, and countless others. There is definitely less support and less outrage for Black women who face police brutality. It’s a shame and it needs to be addressed.
However, I am just as outraged about Michael Brown as I am about Rekia Boyd and the countless other Black PEOPLE who receive abuse at the hands of the police. I cannot divorce my support from Black men who face this type of persecution anymore than I can divorce myself from Black women who face this type of persecution. After all, how can I not feel outrage or voice my support for Michael Brown when he could have easily been my son (whether I choose to procreate with a Black man or not)…or yes, even my husband. I feel equal outrage for both Black men and Black women and BLACK CHILDREN who face police brutality. It’s a serious issue.
I think the “Black community” needs to start expressing EQUAL outrage over both the brutality and mistreatment that Black men AND Black women face. That is my qualm, but I will not stop rallying and supporting Black men who do face these issues because I can’t. I will support both Black men and Black women.