After word of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s murder spread across social media, many rightly sprang into action to protest his slaying and hold local police accountable for their sloppy investigation. Since that fateful February night, thousands have rallied in his honor in hopes of urging Florida officials to fight for justice for Martin and his family. But lost in the marches, Facebook statuses, and hoodie pictures are scores of murdered black men and women who most will never know their names.

Last week, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in Chicago.

ABC news reports:

Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, the police union says, an off-duty detective rolled down his car window and asked a group of people gathered near Douglas Park to quiet down. In response, police say, a 39-year-old man pointed a gun at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired. The bullets hit the alleged gunman in the hand and Rekia Boyd in the head as she stood nearby.

“They said the shooting is justified, but how is it justified when you got a young girl up there with a bullet hole in her head? What kind of justice is that?” said Sutton.

Witnesses told ABC 7 Wednesday that no one pulled a gun on the off-duty officer. And prosecutors only charged the man who police say had a gun with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

Although no weapon was recovered from the scene and Cross, the man who police allege approached the off-duty officer with a gun, claims he approached the officer while on a cell phone, police have tentatively ruled the shooting justifiable.

Over the weekend Detroit police discovered a shallow grave which apparently contained two missing women, Ashley Conaway, 22, and Abreeya Brown, 18, who were kidnapped last month. According to police records, the women were kidnapped at gun point in Illinois and forced into a trunk. Brown’s stepfather even told police he exchanged gunfire with the kidnappers in an attempt to save his stepdaughter, but he was unable to stop the men.

Conaway’s former boyfriend, Brandon Cain, and his associate Brian Lee were detained last month for attempted murder charges stemming from the shootout with Brown’s stepfather, but the pair have yet to be charged with the disappearance of the women.

Scenes like this continue to play out across the country with little notice. For every Oscar Grant or Sean Bell or Trayvon Martin, there are many more Rekia Boyds, Aiyana Jones, Ashley Conaways,  and Abreeya Browns that go unnoticed. Why?

While we continue to rally for justice for Trayvon Martin, lets not forget the thousands of people who are viciously murdered every year. Justice shouldn’t only be reserved for those whose families and friends are able to get social media to take notice, but for everyone who is a victim of crime.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    “Justice shouldn’t only be reserved for those whose families and friends are able to get social media to take notice,…”

    That’s true but if their families don’t get the word out then how will we support them?

    With that said; It is a fact that Black men in bad situations get more support than Black women.

  • darknstormy

    I would never expect such haphhazard reporting from Clutch. TMZ perhaps, but I’ve always regarded this site as a positive source for responsibly produced media. You could have informed us about these stories, that are just as important as Trayvon’s Martin’s, without belittling the cause for Trayvon Martin (or even mentioning it). We did not attain Civl Rights in this nation by engaging in a pissing contest. Rosa Parks was not the first person to refuse to give up her seat on the bus to white person. It was one event that became a catalyst for a larger movement. You are better than this Clutch Magazine.

  • NY’s Finest

    This is nothing new, there is always protest and news coverage when something happens to a black male.Though hearing what happened to Trayvon Martin makes me sad and angry, it seems as if a black woman’s life and death isn’t important enough to receive the same type of attention.

  • http://www.clutchmagazine.com Clutch

    Hello Darnstormy,

    Thanks for reading and commenting. While I appreciate your POV, I disagree that my article is an example of “haphazard reporting.” It wasn’t my intention to diminish Trayvon Martin’s story. As a matter of fact, if you’ve been visiting the site, I’ve been covering the story like crazy and advocating for justice. My intent was to ask the question…why don’t we hear about women (and yes, other black men) who meet the same unfortunate fate? This isn’t a “pissing contest,” it’s a honest question, and if our true aim is justice for all…then we need to shine a light on these situations when they occur, not just when it’s popular to do so.

    btw: The thoughts expressed in my articles & comments are my own. Holla at me on email or twitter (@BritniDWrites) to discuss further.

    Thanks!
    Britni

  • minna k.

    i wish this were a joke.

  • Mina

    The shooting was justified because the man pulled out a gun to shoot the officer. In the officer’s case, it was self defense but sadly the bullet richocheted from the man’s hand and shot her in the head. Unfortunately RIP Rekia Boyd. I wish I could say we should protest all people who are murdered and killed, I really do! It takes a lot of energy, sadness, and time to make people aware of all of these people who are being murdered with no justice and it makes me sick. This is a sick and cruel world we live in. Whatever the media reports, they twist it as well.

  • http://www.melleau.net Mel

    A qualified cop would have hit a criminal perfectly and left all bystanders unharmed.

    It is difficult to be black in this country when cops are trigger happy and nightwatchmen shoot wildly at anything or anyone that scares them or carries a bag of skittles.

    I keep myself away from such drama and spend most of my time studying or reading books in the comfort of my own room rather than hanging in the streets.

    I am not condoning any cops that assume black people are up to no good when they are out in the streets. But what will stop the crazy people in my predominantly white neighborhood or a cop from shooting me for throwing out the trash or studying outside in the nice weather? White people are so wicked I am truly afraid for not only myself but for everyone.

  • QoNewC

    It didnt take long for the vultures to throw Trayvon’s body out of the casket and stuff as many black women in as they can. Wow.

    Its ironic that the whinners are out talking about black women being ignored when so many in the Pro-Zimmermen camp are suspecting that this is yet anouter Duke Lacrosse hit job.

  • QoNewC

    @Mina

    If that was the case than the man who pulled out the gun is responsible for Rekia’s death. At least it will be argued that way.

  • QoNewC

    @N.Y’s Finest

    You know, 99.99% of the black men and boys who will be maimed or murdered will go unknown by most people. Happy now?

  • HowApropos…

    It’s a legitimate concern, which is a fact among black folks that black people will rally for a black male than a black woman.

    Funny how you can’t seem to agree, Mammy.

    The murder of Trayvon affects us all, but you’re silent when the murder concerns black women.

    You’re a waste of space…

  • Alexandra

    I still remember Aiyana Jones, sad story. I’ve always noticed the difference in ‘community reaction’ when a Black male is murdered (esp. by a non-Black), in comparison to Black females. Some will say I’m playing the blame-game, but I believe some Black women are at fault for lack of concern. Some….

  • Tonton Michel

    I am confused, the story I saw there was no gun found, and the man who was shot just had a cell phone. Did he or didnt he have a gun? That right there changes the whole out look of the case. This may be why this one has not picked up steam yet, not all of the facts are out. The story is tragic regardless and more attention needs to be given to it, but because of what happened to Martin and the attention he received more attention may well be given her case as a result as people become more vigilante.

    I wont deny that not enough attention are given to women particularly black women, an example would be the tragic case of PFC Lavena Johnson, a blatent cover up that has not picked up steam like the Martin case. Do not know if it is the media picking and choosing it’s symbols or us.

  • HowApropos…

    ^^^^^

    Looks like the mammy is splitting hairs now.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I think it is black folks. The media does not come willing to these stories whether they be about black men/boys or women/girls. They are dragged there when black people make enough noise. The media was willing to do nothing about Trayvon’s murder until black people made it difficult for them to stay quiet.

  • JessicaMercedes

    I understand your point and it is deplorable that there are so many cases in which the assailant is known, or has even admitted to their crime, and yet they are not charged, or are acquitted. However, I have to agree with one of the earlier points made, Rosa Parks wasn’t the first black woman who didn’t give up their seat to a white person on the bus. Emmett Till wasn’t the first black kid who was brutality murdered for whistling at a white woman. (I can go on all day with examples like these).
    I saw a comment under a Facebook post about Trayvon Martin, that read something like “Did you know a white kid was doused with alcohol and set on fire by two black kids? Nobody cares about that?” Although, I didn’t actually hear any news coverage on that story, seeing that comment makes me angry because “we” DO care about poor child. That is why the Trayvon Martin coverage is so important because there are soooooo many cases every single day of unjustified murders that go unpunished. In some cases it seems that race plays a factor. For what ever reason, the Trayvon case has gained momentum, but it doesn’t mean we don’t care about the victims.

  • JessicaMercedes

    Although I appreciate this article because it brings up points that I have seen others make regarding the Trayvon Martin case, I have to agree with you when you said
    “It was one event that became a catalyst for a larger movement”
    I don’t know what it is about the Trayvon Martin case that made it become a movement, but I’m not bothered that it did. And I hope that the result of all these protests can help make a change that will serve not just Trayvon, but murdered kids everywhere who’s assailants get away without a hitch.

  • SBERRY

    THERE WAS NO GUN INVOLVED CHECK YOUR FACTS!

  • Wayne

    I am fucking angry about this… the people of this country and their fucking racial prejudices has real consequences… why do i have to look suspicious. there is something wrong with the person that finds me suspicious not me; them.. i hate this fucking country and all of the racist piece of shit in it.

  • Bee

    If you think this Rekia Boyd story is sickening, like the Trayvon Martin case, check out this one that just happened: http://youthrevolutionarycouncil.org/?p=1073. It’s sickening.

    This country doesn’t care about black men or black women nor our children. Although, yes, when something horrendous like the Trayvon thing happens, it does get more attention. Why? Simple: the way it happened fits the nation’s mental picture of how racism looks: Black boy (not some poor black kid but one who seemed to be smart and well-loved by teachers and peers) – Unarmed – Deep South – Followed (essentially hunted) by a random white man – Shot and killed (re: lynching) by random white man – Law enforcement makes no arrests.

    Honestly, it reads as something that would have happened a hundred years ago, but ironically happens all the time and now white folks are forced to see that it still happens. All it needs next is a mostly white jury, and we have the full mental picture. His story deserves attention because ish like that happens all the time. But it’s getting such attention because it feeds what people generally think of as racism in this country. People don’t understand all the other faces racism has in this country, and that’s why these other stories often don’t get the attention they deserve.

  • Bee

    +1.

  • Jim

    It is sad that the murders of black women don’t receive more attention. Rekia’s case may ultimately be manslaughter, but the officer should still be held accountable, especially given there was no gun recovered. I do think with Trayvon, you had a “perfect storm” of events, including the “stand your ground laws”, that I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I’m just becoming aware of with this case. Though we can’t bring Rekia or Trayvon back, I hope the galvanization that has occurred around the Martin case will result in renewed efforts to resolve issues within our community-and that will give us a stronger position in our ongoing fight against discrimination.

  • meme

    Trayvon parents MADE us pay attention. I actually did post this story on my facebook wall and will continue to do so. Black people only rally when justice is not serve, however I do think that because people are caught up in the Trayvon Martin story this story has been flying under the radar. I think that Rekia Boyd family needs to work on getting their story to become more national news, because its not a matter of people not caring about black women, but of people not being aware.

  • Toppin

    This is exactly why I do not feel the need to scream and shout whenever something happens to black males in this country. As far as I am concerned it is not my problem. That appears to be their attitude when the victim is a black female. This counld be because they are the main murderers of black females. I do not know. What I do know is that it will be a cold freezing day in hell before I personally rally in defense of black males.

  • Toppin

    If you honestly believe this nonsense you wrote I need you to go pick up a book by Bell Hooks. Sexism and gender politics in the black community is a REAL issue and it does not have a thing to do with whose parents did what. SMH

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    It is a terrible tragedy and I hope they find and punish all the people involved, but the boy is alive. Is your facebook friend suggesting a wounded white boy is at the same level of tragedy as a dead black boy?

  • NY’s Finest

    @QoNewC: I’m sure none of this matters to you because it’s concerning a black woman.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I have chills down my spine reading that story. All these stories is enough to make one agoraphobic. I cannot walk down my street, stand in front of my house, go to the hospital, go to the supermarket without getting killed by someone because of my skin color.

    I just can’t anymore.

  • meme

    That attitude that you have is exactly why the black community is in the state that we are in now. I am just as outraged when something happens to black women as I am when something happens to black men. I am not a feminist I don’t pick sides. In order for black people to come up out of the situation that we find ourselves in today we will have to do it TOGETHER!!!. Yes it is up to the family of Rekia Boyd to make people pay attention, because the media will ignore this story and if its not in mainstream media people are not going to hear about it.

  • Toppin

    Get back at me when you can actually point to a functional TRUE community. Grouping people together solely based on race does not fly anymore.

    There are differences amongst those in the race that prevents the old groupthink. I REFUSE to raise my voice in rally for a group of peopl who do not return the favor UNLESS…and this is an extremely rare exception….they see it as an opportunity to stick it to the white man.

    Next time I suggest you pay very close attention to the individuals that come to the defense of back women when we collectively are under attack. Here is a hint black males…young and old alike… are typically in line to contribute to the attacks…not to defend.

    I chose to selectively pick my battles. And I have chosen not to support or rally behind any black male. While I fell sorry for his family…once again this aint my problem. Cold….but honest as hell.

    So you can miss me with the we are one nonsense….I know better.

  • Ocean Breezy

    So what, they thought she was ‘drug sick’ because she was a Black woman?

    SMH! Her death could have totally been prevented. Anyone who came in contact with her should be fired!

  • Toppin

    just to clarify….when I use the term “black community” it is used to describe a FALSE unity amongst black Americans….it is not a funtional true community.

  • JC

    @Mina

    Do you really believe that “the bullet richocheted from the man’s hand and shot her in the head”? I’m not physics major but that sounds like the worst lie that I ever heard. What is he? Superman. Bullets go through hands, get jammed into hands, but don’t ricochet off of hands?

  • https://www.facebook.com/#!/riley168 TezR

    To Ms. Britni Danielle:

    I would like to thank you for this great article. This article brings up things I did not think about as a black male. This Thursday, March 29, I will be doing a speech at the “One Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin” on the University of Minnesota’s campus. I will be sure to mention the aforementioned names of our slain sisters…when I mention Mr. Martin, E. Till, Oscar Grant, etc.

    Thanks so much!!!!

  • steve

    the common demoniator is guns, guns kill people. why is everyone carrying a gun?

  • chanela

    who stands around when bullets fly tho?

  • binks

    Wow just wow, “drug sick” really? That is just a crying shame but I agree with your assumption I think it is time for black women to be our own media by passing and posting these cases to get the word out though social media, black publications and blogs,etc.

  • Jess

    The real deal is that their is no outcry for black women because the majority of those doing us harm are Black men, and the majority of those leading the modern civil rights organizations are Black men – thus they defend their own, and could give a care about Black women. Speaking up for Black women would mean that Black men would have to acknowledge that there is a large problem of racio-misogyny in the Black community, perpetuated by Black men, although started and encouraged by White people.

    Dunbar Village was an atrocity committed by Black males – the 2 young women mentioned in this article were murdered by Black males, also, the scores of Black youth, both male and female, murdered in drive bys and gang violence are generally murdered by non other than our very own Black men. Not to say that there are not murderous women out here too, but the overwhelming majority of these crimes are committed by males, including Black males.

    You will NEVER have the same concern about the majority of violence committed in the Black community as there is a for one Black youth murdered by one white man, until Blackmen acknowledge how so much of the problem is caused by their actions.

  • alldawg

    omg @ jess

    another sad song about somebody doing somebody wrong…

    tell me how did you find out about all these stories…
    who controls the information being sent over the airwaves, it isnt black men, so why are you blaming them.

    where is your anger towards your white knight not caring about the little blk girl being killed in hunger games. that sentiment is translated into their every day life. but blk men are the problem when cases go unheard..

  • QCastle

    @Jess

    Missing the forrest for the trees I guess.

    “Speaking up for Black women would mean that Black men would have to acknowledge that there is a large problem of racio-misogyny in the Black community, perpetuated by Black men, although started and encouraged by White people.”

    This should go to explain why there are so many black men in prison. Zimmermen is not in prison. See, black men dont get away with crimes, even against black women. The elephant in the room isnt racio-misogyny but racio-misandry where while black men commit the bulk of the crime, the remain the bulk of its victims as well. See the difference?

    “Dunbar Village was an atrocity committed by Black males – the 2 young women mentioned in this article were murdered by Black males, also, the scores of Black youth, both male and female, murdered in drive bys and gang violence are generally murdered by non other than our very own Black men. ”

    The majority of crime is always committed by young men- many of them are black but unlike the murder of Trayvon Martin, these men are rightly languishing in prison for their crimes not being protected by a police force and not by a law that would allow anyone to kill anyone else in shady circumstances. Notice the difference? This isnt about crime, it is about justice. Also most of the victims happen to be black men NOT black women. See the difference?

    “You will NEVER have the same concern about the majority of violence committed in the Black community as there is a for one Black youth murdered by one white man, until Blackmen acknowledge how so much of the problem is caused by their actions.”

    Black men and the nation have shown concern for the level of violence shown in the community which is why there are many many black men in prison for crimes they have committed. As I said this isnt an issue of crime but justice. The false equivalence isnt strenghtening your case because these black men that commit ALL the crime in the black community (where black men both young and old remain its LARGEST VICTIM) dont get a pat on their head and sent home by the police. See the difference?

    Black women are blinded by their hatred and dare I say jealously of black men.

  • QCastle

    The vultures are about, circling the barely buried body of Trayvon Martin, trying to bring attention to all the Crystal Magnum’s of the world.

  • QCastle

    @darknstormy

    I have to agree with you. The reporting of this case is haphazard. Rekia Boyd wasnt even the intended target. An investigation is in order but its not a murder case. Rekia was killed when a bullet intended for a suspect who may or may not have pulled out a gun on an off duty police officer hit her. Trayvon’s case was a murder case under the definition of what murder is. Trayvon was killed unlawfully and his murder was premeditated.

    Maybe the writers at Clutch need to go to law school or watch Law and Order.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    Why does everything in black america have to turn into gender or “class” war.

    Black man vs black woman, “bougie” nigro vs working class blacks.

    What’s that about?

    Shut the f uck up.

    Nobody gives a shit about your petty antagonisms – to non-american blacks (like me) you all look the same, sound the same, talk same and ACT with the same f ucked up delusions of grandeur that you’re somehow better than some other set of black people.

    You aint.

    Any black person watching you from a distance, with the sense to understand what they’re looking at – can see that you are all just one big HOT GHETTO MESS of people who seem to thrive on hating each other and everyone else.

    A people like that are only going to ever produce violence among themselves and attract violence to themselves.

    kiss teet.

    Sometimes I wanna buss your heads myself.

    Stop hatin and start liking each other.

    How?

    Just say – I’m black I like being black and l like other black people.

    exhaling

  • lynette

    Wow!…Thank You!….I have been extremely quiet on this case with my blood boiling over on how many other murders of young black boys and even rapes of young black girls have happened in the hood and noone rallies around them. NO ONE! I am very deeply sad about the case of Trayvon Martin but what will happen to other young black youth in the hood who don’t have parents to speak up for them. WILL WE PROTEST THAT?….ofcourse not because this story will blow over in a few weeks and we will go back to doing what we did before this ever happened….nothing!…

  • lynette

    Thank You!

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  • http://blog.trushots.com Trudy

    The social hierarchy WITHIN a racial group determines perceived worth. WITHIN the Black community, Black men are deemed more valuable than Black women (assuming both are hetero) and then both deemed more valuable than Black LGBT, and within LBGT cis gender is deemed more valuable than trans gender. Every other race experiences the same intraracial hierarchy, and then outside of the race, each race experiences an external hierarchy based on race, and other intersectionalities.

    Black men have a hard time grappling with the reality of male privilege because they often only will recognize racial struggles, not gender-related ones. I was street harassed by a Black man wearing a hoodie for Trayvon. If that doesn’t explain the complex dynamic of race and gender, little else will. This man is fighting for Trayvon, yet I am still “baby” or a “bitch” at the same time. This is often life for Black women.

    But some of us are brave…

    Black women often can only look to other Black women for support. Many women’s movements focus on White women’s needs without regard to class or race. Many Black movements focus on Black men’s needs without regard to gender or sexuality.

    Black men, and men at large MUST recognize the hypocrisy in demanding safety for Trayvon REGARDLESS of what he wore (as it should be…I totally support this movement in his name) while on the other hand deciding whether or not a woman “deserved” to be raped based on her outfit. I think many men are getting a wake up call right now. The question is, will they “stay woke” (like Erykah Badu asserts…”I stay woke.”).

    I want safe and happy lives for all Black people, regardless of gender, sexuality or class. This will not occur if only “some” lives within the Black race are valuable while others are not (unless in “service” of the ones deemed valuable.)

  • S.M.M

    @Socially: PALABRA (“word” for the non-bilingual folks)!!

  • Resistencia

    [hearted!] ♥

  • ATTALLAH BANKS

    CALL AL SHARPTON! THATS WHY THERE HAS BEEN NO RALLY… WHERES THE STORY?? IF YOU DONT TELL ANYONE WE WONT KNOW! TRAYVONS PARENTS WENT TO THE MEDIA. THEY MADE IT KNOWN… DID THE PARENTS OF THESE VICTIMS DO THE SAME? DON’T TRY TO MAKE SOMETHING POSITIVE NEGATIVE BECAUSE THEY ALL DESERVE JUSTICE!!

  • OHIO_614_GENTLEMAN

    @ Britni I understand the question you pose. Im outraged when any innocent person is murdered. everyday I make it a point to look different local news stations as well as national news. I first heard about a woman shot in killed by a police officer from myfoxchicago.com at the time,no picture was up and it was buried with countless other murders in the city. i was following the story of abreeya brown and ashley conaway in hamtramck(detroit area) from day one til i found out about their murder. I wont speak for other people,but i dont separate my grief for men or women. a life is a life and those lives were taken. Since I live in the midwest, I hear alot more about what happenes in certain areas.

    Black men and women are murdered every single day non stop across this country. Before people answer your question,they need to ask themselves a question. how often do you watch national news as opposed to local news? For example,do you go to the local affiliates in kansas city or minneapolis? do you know whats reported? do you know how the community handled it? think about all of the murders that take place,that dont even make the local news.

    in my home town of washington,dc, there was a young mother that got into an argument with the father of her kids and it lead to her being shot several times. I currently dont know her status. Everything wont make national news or local news so we wont always know. Thats just a fact the people will have to accept. Age also plays a role in how things are covered. some may remember in november kalisha madden (a mother of 6) went missing and never and never returned to pick up her kids. as soon as that happened, little bianca jones went missing so it got pushed to the side. I had kalisha’s link on my facebook page in hopes that people would spread the word.

    There are some people that dont care about the lives of black women,but thats the world we live in. after reading some of the responses, its just really disturbing. innocent lives have been taken, yet it has turned into black men this,black men that. instead of fighting for justice,some women have turned this into a black man vs black woman cat fight. @ trudy, to say “black women can only look for black women for support?” Give me a freaking break.

  • OHIO_614_GENTLEMAN

    by the way,kalisha madden and bianca jones are in detroit.

  • Ravi

    while I am quite conscious of black male privilege, I’m having trouble seeing how this case is a demonstration of that. Far more black men are killed than black women on a pretty regular basis with no one making a big deal about it. There are certain realms that black male privilege is not so evident. Getting murdered and no one caring is one of those things. It is hard to reason that Trayvon’s murder is getting the press it is because he is male when most murdered black males get absolutely no press. For ever Trayvon Martin there are dozens of Dwyone Joiners that got little to no press after getting murdered.

  • Minister Tonja Scott-Pate

    I call on all of the wailing women that the bible spoke of, to get down on your knees, cry out to God for strength and power to make change. We must not walk in fear, but in love. Some of us may even die doing so, but we must join forces all over the USA to stop the killing of our people. We must bind the enemy forces that are trying to destroy us as a people. Take back our neighborhoods. Bind together and hold rallies in each community to let our young men know that we love them and stop buying their drugs. Stop using the crack cocaine that is killing families spiritually, financially and emotionally. Stop making the liquor store owner richer in your communities. Spend time with your families and empower your children to believe in themselves. Therefore, your children won’t need a gang leader as a mentor.
    It is time to fight the good fight of faith!
    Walk by this faith and not by sight. “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life (drugs, alcohol, ect.), that he/she may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2nd Timothy 2:3,4
    It is now time to put on the whole armor of God! You don’t have time to be out of your right mind. You are losing your sisters, brothers, babies and freedoms.
    “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good. Having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
    For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts.
    Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2nd Timothy 3:1-7
    Take this knowledge from God’s holy word and pay attention to what is going on around us each day. Our people suffer because of their lack of knowledge.
    Go! Do not be afraid! God is with you! He will give you what to do!
    Take back your sons and daughters from the evil of this world. Your love will win them all back.
    Make your brothers, nephews, cousins realize the error of their ways, while they carry that gun out the door. If not, the blood is on YOUR hands.
    Listen, God trusted a woman to carry His WORD for 9 whole months.
    Don’t you think He can trust me to bring you the Word of truth today?
    God bless you and I will lead The Way! If I have to die doing God’s will, them I will die!

  • diana edwards

    How sad

  • Sick @ Tired

    What about these people? Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, James Kouzaris, and James Cooper, John Sanderson, Frank Motta, Nancy and Bob Strait,Robert Purvis,Hannah Wheeling??!!!! I could go on and on! Where was Jackson, Farakan, or the black panther party? OH wait the victims were white and were murdered by blacks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • carol

    I lived near Treyvon Martin and was attacked because of my race constantly for daring to buy a home in that area – they trashed my yard, had their kids run in front of my car, lied to the police I tried to shoot one of them, etc etc. I contacted the Justice Dept of Florida. When they didn’t reply I wrote to anti-discrimination office in Atlanta. They said nothing. I wrote to Eric Holder justice dept, and nothing was done. The main person to harrass me was the homeowner assoc captain. I sold in 2006 and am still so traumatized that I wont go near there today. It didn’t surprise me that Treyvon was killed. I feel lucky I wasnt killed or falsely arrested. This case is about the DEPT OF JUSTICE NOT ENFORCING FAIR HOUSING ACT. Black boys are being killed in Large numbers all over U.S. and No one does anything. Treyvon is being used to in flame black voters to get out and vote black in the next election, and it sickens me because negroes in office are only out for themselves.

  • CHE

    I agree@toppin.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    Whatever so called male privilege, men allegedly enjoy – is more than compensated for by the female privilege and pussy pass.

    Female privilege gets you into a lotta places where men are not welcome and cheaper too.

    The pussy pass gets you out of all kinds of jam – so don’t leave out that part of the story.

    Speaking metaphorically – so called male privilege usually only means a slightly bigger plate at meal times so you’re strong enough to do more than your share of work and for that reason -

    this black man has never felt privileged in my entire life.

    No one ever gave me anything just because I’m male, and no one ever overlooked anything I did wrong because I’m male.

    So f uck anyone who reckons I’m livin high on male privilege.

    Furthermore in patriarchal hareem cultures like the mormons, young boys are the most disposable and are usually cast out when they become teens.

    why?

    because they have the least utility in the community and are the least powerful – just extra dicks that nobody wants around. If they’re allowed to stay there’s the risk that they’ll grow up to challenge the “alphas” in situ for power.

    Indeed patriarchal hierarchies rank men – NOT women. The men at the bottom of the hierarchy are beneath -

    everyone – beneath women too

    making them the LEAST privileged, most abused and most disposable people in the society.

    Which is why black men top every f uckry stat in white people’s societies.

    Hierachical patriarchy hurts men more than it hurts women.

    I aint mad at black women over that – that’s my situation to deal with. But the days when – RIGHTEUOUS BLACK MEN stay silent on the lies white people and (some) black women, tell on us, are over and I’m ceratinly not boo hooin in sympathy with some hag who got mad coz the wrong dude wolf whistled at her dusty ass.

    kiss teet.

  • Srenda

    @socmal That ‘kiss teet’ shit you keep posting is almost as irritating as your juvenile, disrespectful views about women. Were you the boy hitting all the girls that you liked on the playground then running away? You’re probably an adult now, so stop.

  • Bee

    Carol, thank you for every single word you wrote! I hate that you had to have that experience, but people need to hear about it. And I, too, am greatly disappointed with many, if not most, of the black folks in politics who appear to only be out for themselves. We have so much power as a people and fail to use it. It pisses me off to no end.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    @surrendered

    Kiss teet

    Well since you’ve offered me abuse rather than an intelligent comment or rebuttal to what I said – I can treat you with the same DISRESPECT you’ve shown me. (no pussy pass here) .

    You sound like one of those jealous tom boy hags who wanted man powers and man brains (to compensate for being a plain jane) but always hurt yourself when you tried man stuff coz you were so dumb clumsy and weak..

    You’re the type who grow up to be mishapen, stunted whiny man haters. I’m guessin I’m not the first man to deny you the pussy pass and if you keep it up – it’ll keep happening.

    LMAO!

    now git

    kiss teet

  • Shanna

    There are two problems with this article:

    1.) There have been protests for Rekia Boyd here in Chicago. There is also a protest for her on Change.org to charge the off duty detective who shot her.

    2.) People who are arguing that people who are fighting for Trayvon Martin don’t care about Black on Black crime or violence against black women absolutely baffle me. One thing have absolutely nothing to do with the other. Here in Chicago, there exists Ceasefire and Action Now, two organizations dedicated to stopping violence in the community, and regularly reach out to community members to stop it. The only people who I have seen complaining are the people who are not going out there and busting their asses trying to organize people, but who are expecting others to do all the work.

    3.) It also seems like people are waiting for others to pick up the ball and start protesting. If you are genuinely upset and frustrated, why not start organizing your own protests? The reason Trayvon Martin’s case got so big is that people who were angry enough about that particular issue took to the streets. Start organizing yourself.

    Point being, police brutality, inner community violence, and violence against women of color are all important, and one struggle shouldn’t be pitted against the other. I feel as if this article is poorly researched and has weak arguments. BTW, I am a Black woman, who has rallied for all kinds of things, from immigrants rights, LGBT rights, political prisoners, and education in Chicago and all over the country.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    @Shanna

    Your post carries the best message I’ve ever read on this site.

    Much respect to you.

  • LI

    @So Maladjusted

    *Righteous Black Man*…..this coming from the internet Ike Turner.

    Chuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuups.

  • apple

    Honestly black people (majority)have been beggin and praying for help from god for a long time. It’s either hes punishing us or just don’t care.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    @li

    what thank you.

    I’ve always said spare the rod spoil the hag.

    and what do you know bout chups?

    Kiss teet.

  • Dollie

    @Toppin, thanks for explaining your sense of non-unity. I will be sure not to rally nor support you if you’ve every in trouble seeing that your self imposed hatred of black men.

  • Bee

    100% agree! Excellent response.

  • http://www.singleblackmale.org Slim Jackson

    Well this comment is full of ferocity and uplift. Couldn’t have said it any better!

  • Simon

    Yes!

  • Bella

    Black people should be ashamed of themselves trying to turn the reaction to Trayvon’s murder into a competition. Trayvon’s was dead for a good two weeks before it grabed national attention, and the same media is blaming the child for his own murder. Black people are always divided over silly stuff, innocent murdered black boys vs. innocent murdered black girls, smh. Which is why we haven’t advanced as a community.

  • Mysteriousms

    Because there is lop sided protection in the black community, it’s been that way since the civil rights era. When we look at racism we only see black man vs. white man not African Americans fighting for equality against white supremecy. Black women marched down the road for equality as the black man. We were beaten, whipped and hung by trees as the black man, we experience racism, sexism etc as the black man. Oh wait but the black man doesn’t have to experience sexism so that’s one extra burden on the black woman. I always said the black woman has no place in the black community nor white society because in either place she’s not protected and underrepresented. Look at the comments under this article. Instead giving comments of understanding there’s insults and people displaying the typical “STFU black woman and take it” mentality all the while making excuses for defending black men. The black man is always told it’s not your fault, it’s not your fault, then he’s coddled and told we’ll fight for you. But the black woman is always told “IT’S YOU” then she’s rejected and told to go at it on her own. Someone made this comparison with the black woman being raped and blamed for the clothes she had on, it’s so true. Yet we can march and wear hoodies and cry racism because a black man was profiled for something he had on, come on that’s unfair. Then these same people want to preac black unity. I can’t with this stuff. Black women are better off fighting for themselves individually because no one has their best interest at heart not even other black women. It’s not about making this a competition it’s about the hypocrisy of our community and the inconsistency within it. We should be helping one another TOGETHER not singling out one group because of what we’ve been taught to act on, it’s sad.

  • TnT

    There’s been a holocaust on black women. Black men have been paid by white men to slave black women on street corners in every city in America. Black pimps enslave black women. Their cars, their clothes, their white women have been bought with the blood of black women. The numbers of black women who have died chained up in basements, pimped out at dope parties, sliced up by males of all stripes in clubs, is worthy of any
    “Shoah” museum. But its too soon for all that because the holocaust on black girls is not over, it is still going on, and black men are still getting paid for the ongoing enslavement of black women and girls. So be silent about THAT,-and keep talking about what is being done to black MEN, since there’s so much MONEY at stake in ignoring what is happening to black WOMEN.

  • lindy

    Tell it, but not to these dummies on this sight who cant go a minute without kissing black male ass. Save your breathe.

  • lindy

    Except for one point…white males are not telling black males to do this. They do it on their own, because they HATE Black women and know they have no protection.

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