Author shines light on forgotten African-American female victims of police violence

Sandra Bland
Sandra Bland

source: CSun Today
updated: 6 March 2017

Local journalist and community activist Thandisizwe Chimurenga visited California State University, Northridge on Feb. 23 to share the stories of African-American women whose deaths at the hands of police officers and other law-enforcement officials have gone mostly unnoticed by the general public.

Held in the University Student Union, the forum, #RememberHerName – Excavating the Black Female Victims of Police Terror, was part of CSUN’s commemoration and celebration of Black History Month. Chimurenga, author of No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant, also spoke about the reasons and issues behind society’s ambivalent police violence against black females.

“The difference between the outrage and the response in terms of the deaths of black men and the deaths of black women is the deliberateness of black men’s deaths, versus the appearance of an accidental death for black women,” Chimurenga said.

She cited several disturbing examples: A law enforcement officer entered the New York apartment of Eleanor Bumpurs in 1984, to check on unpaid utility bills. Bumpers, 66, who was mentally ill, attacked the officer with a butcher knife. Instead of disarming the woman, the officer shot and killed her.

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