Why #SayHerName is important in the fight for justice: Black women lost to police violence

Domiciliary Prisonall credits: Baller Alert
published: 4 June 2020

In response to the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who murdered 17-year-old black teenager Trayvon Martin, three black women by the name of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi – created A powerful movement which has been the rallying cry for the black community, #BlackLivesMatter.

Since the inception of Black Lives Matter, the act of police brutality has continued to plague the African-American communities, with no prejudice to age or gender.⁣

Although Black men are more likely to get murdered by the police, Black women have not been exempt from police killings, and often their death is overshadowed by the execution of Black men.

The most recent case involves the shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an EMT from Louisville, Kentucky. Breonna was shot eight times by Louisville police officers as they forcefully and illegally entered her home on March 13, 2020. But Breonna’s story was minimized due to lack of media attention and awareness.

As we closely monitor and support the Black Lives Matter movement, we should give the SayHerName movement the same energy.

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