As we look for answers and justice surrounding the recent killing of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Ezell Ford, let’s not forget about the black women who have also been killed at the hands of police officers.

Tarika Wilson

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Tarika Wilson was fatally shot by police officers during a raid-gone-wrong in early January of 2008.  She was likely on her knees and complying with a SWAT team’s orders to get down when she was hit in the neck and chest, two experts testified. A forensic pathologist and firearms expert each said that bullet wounds indicate that Tarika Wilson wasn’t standing or struggling with officers. She was holding her 1-year-old son on her knees when she was shot. The boy was hit and had a finger amputated. This tragedy set off protests and debate about race relations in the city (LIMA, Ohio), where one in four residents are black.

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  • The Other Jess

    This has nothing to do with BM vs BW. It’s just pointing out the fact that this kind of thing happens to Black women all the time too, but the BC stays quiet about that. The ridiculousness of only discussing and protesting racial discrimination and racial violence when it occurs against black men – and totally ignoring when it happens to black women – is not only insulting but downright sick, evil and scary (scary because it shows your community will never support you).

    Don’t expect black women to march and protest with you, when you won’t turn around and do the same thing for us. Historically, civil rights were fought for ALL black people, not just black men. It should be the same today. And it’s a shame that it is not.

    This takes nothing away from the wrong that was committed against black male victims of police violence, but it showcases the wrongs committed against black women all the time when we suffer the exact same kinds of incidents.

    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
    – Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • The Other Jess

    No shock that Clutch would delete my posts, although not offensive in anyway.

  • CoolChic86

    As a female, I am saddened when any black person is killed by law enforcement who are paid by my tax dollars to “protect and serve”. Marching and Vigils no longer serve a purpose in the 21st century. Time for a new strategy.