I vehemently disagree with this narrative for several reasons:
- Black males are killed by police at MUCH higher rates than Black women: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/counted-us-police-killings. Most of the deaths of Black men at the hands of law enforcement aren’t even publicized.
- Many if not most of the deaths of Black men and boys propagated by the media (conventional, social, or otherwise) gain traction because their unfortunate demises were recorded. Seeing the death of someone or their dead body elicits a strong and visceral reaction from people. You rarely see black women’s bodies treated in such a way.
- The murder of Latasha Harlins, who was killed by a Korean store owner, marks one of the few instances where the public was able to see an explicit and harrowing racially motivated murder of a Black girl/woman. Local Black people burned down the store of the murderer and chased her and her family out of town in response.
- The idea that Black men have not supported Black women that have been violated by the system is false at best. Robert F Williams, former president of the Monroe, North Carolina chapter of the NAACP decided to take up the banner of armed self defense after two white men were acquitted of raping a Black woman. Huey P Newton cited Williams as a major inspiration.
- It’s frequently mentioned that black women are the driving force of the current movement against police brutality. If they are indeed the leaders, then it is THEY who are not centering women’s issues.
I get the feeling that some of these “activists” don’t give a damn about Black male bodies. They’re just opportunists that are using the deaths of Black males to further their own agendas.