A new report shows that at least 50 Black women have died at the hands of law enforcement since 2015. Not one of the officers involved has been convicted.
“Violence towards Black girls and women has always received far too little coverage, leaving hte loved ones of countless victims of state-sanctioned murder without justice,” Arisha Hatch, vice president and chief of campaigns at Color of Change, told Insider.
The outlet compiled data from police reports and news stories to create a database of police-involved killings of Black women since 2015. The number of victims compiled in the report is 50, though the true number could be higher. Researchers at the University of Michigan documented the erasure and exclusion of Black women from social justice movements, which they attribute to the intersectional lived experiences Black women have.
“Black women are often overlooked in people’s conversations about racism and sexism even though they face a unique combination of both these forms of discrimination simultaneously,” lead researcher Stewart Coles said. “This ‘intersectional invisibility’ means that movements that are supposed to help Black women may be contributing to their marginalization.”
The #SayHerName campaign was founded in 2014 to raise awareness around Black women, girls, and femmes who are killed by police. The movement has galvanized attention and support around victims whose stories are not as well known.
We honor victims here, saying their names. To those whose deaths we do not know about, may they also be remembered.
Angel Viola DeCarlo
Monique Jenee Deckard
Crystal Danielle Ragland
Morgan London Rankins
Shukri Ali Said
Michelle Lee Shirley
Tameka LaShay Simpson
Pamela Shantay Turner
Latasha Nicole Walton
To learn more about these women's stories, click here.
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