Meagan Hockaday. Yvette Smith. Alexia Christian. Yvette Henderson. Shelly Fray. Sandra Bland. Charleena Lyles. Ava Barrin.
You may have heard
of some of these names, but not all of them. But why exactly is that? In the last few years, members and leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement have been working tirelessly to raise awareness and action behind the injustice plaguing the Black community. But while the movement's actions have resulted in us knowing the names of many victims of police brutality, misogynoir still plays a role in which victims are seen as worthy of our attention.
This isn't the fault of the Black Lives Matter movement itself, which works tirelessly to fight for justice of all Black people. In fact, this is because of something much older and far more rooted within the Black community and non-Black community at large. It is the specific kinds of misogyny and hatred of Black women and femmes that center on factors beyond their Blackness.