Police Brutality Against Black Women: A Place To Begin

Police Brutality Against Black Women: A Place To Begin

The term police brutality is gaining a lot of popularity in the media right now, but in reality this has long been an issue black women face in the United States. To start off, the Black Law online dictionary gives an umbrella definition for police brutality. Statistics play an essential role in understanding this issue, but they have to be looked at in context. The Washington Post explained the concept of disproportionate harm by analyzing police killing statistics in conjunction with race demographics.

USA Today shows how black women and girls specifically, have been completely ignored when it comes to media coverage and face additional brutalization from police relative to men. If you learn best through videos, Kimberlé Crenshaw gives a short introduction to what police brutality means in the specific context of black girls and women in an interview Democracy Now.

Black women are constantly standing up for themselves in many ways, including proposing policy changes that would minimize police brutality. Actual footage of police brutality against black women is important to continue the effort to hold police officers accountable for their actions, but a video that allows one to hear first and second hand accounts of the serious harms of police brutality against black women without having to witness horrific footage of actual abuse, gives black women the agency to tell their stories.

Before checking out the other facets of violence against black women, it would be very worthwhile to look in to self care resources. Noir Care is an amazing online community made by and tailored for black women.