LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 11: Professor of Law at UCLA & Columbia Law School and Executive Director of African American Policy Forum Kimberlé Crenshaw attends The 2020 MAKERS Conference on February 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MAKERS)
Esteemed scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw ensures the stories of Black women murdered by the police are not forgotten and lost to history with her new book #Say Her Name: Black Women’s Stories Of Police Violence And Public Silence. Crenshaw underscores the importance of the book during this current revival of historical revisionism.
” First, the families lose these women, and then the fact that they’ve lost them becomes lost to their communities, becomes lost to history, becomes lost to the movement,” Crenshaw told NBC News during a sit-down interview.
“And we are seeing the consequences of that erasure.”
Co-authored by Crenshaw with the help of the organization she heads, the African-American Policy Forum, the book centers on the often marginalized stories of Black women killed by the police.
According to the book’s listing on the Haymarket Books website, “Black women, girls, and femmes as young as seven and as old as ninety-three have been killed by the police, though we rarely hear their names or learn their stories. Breonna Taylor, Alberta Spruill, Rekia Boyd, Shantel Davis, Shelly Frey, Kayla Moore, Kyam Livingston, Miriam Carey, Michelle Cusseaux, and Tanisha Anderson are among the many lives that should have been.”
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Source: Black Enterprise