Injustice for Black Women

The shooting of Trayvon Martin and the apathy on the part of the Sanford police underscored the reality that black lives in this nation are not only not given justice, but are considered worthless. As I read other blog posts highlighting the case the comment section illuminated the raging fire of racism that has been burning for a long time. Those from mostly white commenters make it clear that Trayvon’s life was meaningless and that he deserved to die. It is no surprise that this is the same mentality lurking in this nation’s so-called justice system.

Trayvon’s death at the hands of a white man was not the first or the last of white-on-black murders, nor is it the only example of the justice system’s indifference regarding the black community. It didn’t matter if this was a 17-year old child who belonged to someone. What did matter was that he was a black male. “Justice” was served when his life expired.

Sadly, black males are not the only ones who are subject to this nation’s unjust system of racism. Three recent cases are brought to light that shows that black women are given the same treatment, or worse.

The first case involves Florida native Marissa Alexander, a survivor of domestic violence at the hands of her abusive husband, who assaulted her even while she was pregnant, who feared for her life on August of 2010. She used a gun to scare off her husband was going mad with jealous rage. She never intended to harm him as she, according to her testimony, pointed the gun in the air to scare him. No one was hurt in that incident.

Yet, Alexander faces 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. Just recently, the judge denied her a new trial.

Marissa Alexander “stood her ground” as that is the law in Florida. George Zimmerman proclaimed used that same law to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin even though he (Zimmerman) was the aggressor. He walked free, for almost a month, while Alexander faces prison time.

The second case involves a transgender woman named CeCe McDonald who was charged with second degree murder for the death of Dean Schmitz. Last year in June 2011, Schmitz and his friends attacked McDonald by shouting racist and homophobic slurs at a bar in Minneapolis. Eventually a fight broke out which killed Schmitz who was a white heterosexual male.

McDonald and her supporters say that she was trying to defend herself from the attack. She recently entered a plea deal which stipulates that she spend 41 months in prison.

Many have compared McDonald’s case with that of the New Jersey Four, four black lesbians who were charged with attempted murder after defending themselves from a group of white men who wanted to “fuck them straight”.

The third and final example occurred in December 2011 in North Carolina. Even though this murder occurred prior to Trayvon’s death, in retrospect it is strikingly similiar.

16 year-old Jasmine Thar was visiting her family when a single bullet struck her. Also wounded was her aunt and cousin. Even though they survived, Jasmine did not.

The shooter was James Anthony Blackwell, a white man who lived across the street. His alibi was that his gun went off accidentally inside his house and the bullet went through the window. The local police believed him and he was free, never charged.

The family was outraged. They didn’t believe that a single bullet was responsible for striking three people at once. Furthermore, it’s been noted that Blackwell had confederate flags and Nazi paraphernalia.

A petition is made demanding the police to charge Blackwell for the murder of Jasmine Thar.

These three cases are stark examples of the “justice” system’s swift imprisonment of women of color protecting themselves from harm and danger, and the preference to protect men, especially white men, and seek tough, unrelenting justice for them. Even though we can not and should not forget the case of Trayvon Martin, we must also can not afford to ignore the injustices done to women of color. To fight for justice on behalf of all victims of color is a movement that must take place if there is to be a radical change in how this society defines ‘justice’.


18 thoughts on “Injustice for Black Women

  1. Because of white priviledge in this country, black peoples lives mean nothing. if we were to band together and protest like we are doing for Trayvon Martin’s senseless murder maybe we would get justice for all the injustice thats perpetrated against us.

  2. I signed and forwarded the petition for Jasmine Thar. Completely unnecessary, all of it.

    The same with the murder of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., the elderly veteran who was “accidently” killed by a belligerent police officer.

    This needs to stop. NOW.

      1. As long as the police continue to get off Scott free with their brutality, they will continue to do whatever they want without any consequences.

  3. Thanks Brother.

    After 400 years, I don’t have much hope for a ‘radical change.’ But I do notice some things. One: No Asian (Jew or Gentile) complains about Police Brutality or the American Injustice System. This is partly because Asians are able to police themselves.

    I find it necessary for our people to empower ourselves. Technically, even in America, we could police ourselves. But that would take a lot of organization on our parts. We all should put in the work to do so.

    But thanks for teaching us, Brothawolf. I never heard of the New Jersey 4. You have my gratitude.


  4. I’m sorry to hear about Marissa,though it didn’t surprise me. In spite of it, I will continue to pray for ” justice”.

  5. LORD!! please’s save BW! from the evil out there.I guess as long as it’s a blk-male that’s all that seem’s to matter’s,bw r all alone out in this mean cold world fighting battles.why is that? ppl always seem to think if we can get too her then we’ll get the whole BC.I JUST HATE IT!! just leave bw alone please ppl…

  6. Brotha Wolf, I have a sick feeling that this horrendous treatment of African American females and Arican American males will continue. Maybe the white supremacist have a genocide agenda to kill and destroy as many people of color as possible.Who knows what the plan is in the twisted minds of these individuals that are abusing there authority. Maybe if we went all militant like back in the 60’s they would see that we are’nt going to take this inhumane treatment any longer. We may have to get militant.

    1. I was thinking that the other day. If we were to get as or more militant as we once were, maybe they would know we’re not playing. Then again, they have all the tools to suppress, divide and conquer us. We have to fight on a higher level it seems.

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