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Re: “The South Carolina Student Arrest and "Black Girls Matter"

Among the media pundits and social media bloggers and posters there is running a pervasive and insidious discourse that a grieving, 16-year old girl deserved to be assaulted by a 300-lb. man for silently refusing to give up a cell phone; that she acted criminally when she struck him in self defense as he wrapped his huge arm around her throat; that she deserved even worse for daring to be a Black girl who refused to obey the three men who demanded her absolute submission. What we are seeing is more than "just" police brutality and the criminalization of youth, more even than the militarization of our schools that dehumanizes students and sends them into a school-to-prison pipeline. We are seeing - among the predominantly white male individuals claiming the young girl "got what she deserved" – a virulent form of racist misogyny that sees violence against "uppity" Black girls and women as not only justified but necessary to preserve the current authoritarian social order. I am sickened, astounded, outraged, saddened... White supremacy and male supremacy permeate our entire culture. We cannot stand down.

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Posted by Katharine on 11/04/2015 at 11:46 AM

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