Photo credits: Ebony Magazine
The wanton and moronic murder of black women in cities everywhere across America is often met with unjust silence.
Local and national news media outlets fail to follow through with covering these tragedies with the same fervor that stories about murdered white women receive. In fact, crime-themed shows like CBS’s 48 Hours regularly give white female murder victims entire hour-long episodes dedicated to them and the quest for justice being performed for their families.
However, if a person based their level of understanding of the homicide plague affecting black women by what they see or hear in the media, that person would probably think black women rarely lost their lives due to murder. But black women do lose their lives to homicide and it happens at a rate that is alarming.
Britini Danielle, a columnist for Ebony Magazine wrote a sobering piece about these hidden travesties affecting the families of many deceased black women. Danielle’s report was published on Ebony’s website today and it partially reads as follows:
“According to the Centers for Disease Control, one of the leading causes of death for Black women ages 0-34 is homicide (it fluctuates from the second to forth cause depending on age range). And the Violence Policy Center (VPC) found that black women ‘are disproportionately impacted by fatal domestic violence.’ In fact, the VPC reported, ‘Black females were murdered by men at a rate of 2.19 per 100,000, more than twice the rate of 0.97 per 100,000 for White women murdered by men’ in 2014.'” (Ebony.com)
Silence about the troubling facts Danielle wrote about today as a black woman in America is also coming from a source it should never be coming from: Black men who have been called to lead their communities. Is this silence occuring because the one source that should be protecting black women is often the main culprit of their violent deaths?
To identify the beautiful women from all walks of life that lost their lives to homicide who are pictured in the photo used to illustrate this article, read the following guide below:
Top row, first three from left to right: Dr. Sherilyn Gordon-Burroughs, Samyah Copeland, and Rashanda Franklin.
Far right column from top to bottom: Kendra Moore, Quanta Nashall Chandler, Shaquenda Walker and her mother Deborah Walker, and Latonya Robinson Moore
Bottom row, first four from left to right: Alicia Trotter, Latina Herring, Gale Verner, Shanice Williams.