The first article I came across pays attention to our current understanding of what constitutes police brutality; essentially where it occurs and how to address it. While black men face a more brutal, abrupt meeting, women experience this violence in a very specific gendered way. They experience this through sexual harassment and sexual assault. Currently the founders of the movement are working towards focusing their attention on how police brutality impacts black women in regards to race, gender, and social identity, highlighting upon the need to make racial justice an inclusive matter. An initiative which started in 2015 #SayHerName documents and analyzes black women’s experiences of police violence and explains what we lose when we ignore them.
As I’m reading this article, it is reminding me a lot of Mapping Descent and the testimonies of the undocumented queer students. Not because it speaks solely to the same purpose because it doesn’t, this article is talking about gendered police brutality, but because of the draw it is has in trying to extract its audience to hearing there plea. That the reach its trying to solidify is brought about through a social outcry, that the new way to gain attention on a wider scale is to use your voice.
To further build off the campaign of #SayHerName my second article starts of through a poem by Audre Lorde, using the word Shoreline to unify black people without the stigma of queer #blacklivesmatter being attached. She addresses this word choice by stating, “for queer and trans identified black women the shoreline is standing upon the constant edges of decision.” We’ve come to a point in cultural societal norms where it becomes a choice to be who you are instead of just simple being that through discovery of the self, that one has to be ashamed, doubted, or even denied acceptance just because they don’t fit a certain standard. But what we get lost in is the desire for each group to get acknowledged, separately, fairly, and independently. But I would love to move away from these terms that have somewhat of a singular negative connotation to them like black lives or feminism and just simply say #AllLivesMatter because then how could anyone say they don’t under fit that category when using the word “all”, in that hashtag there is no exclusion from demographic. Why can’t it be that simple.
My third article talks on the Marxist idea of intersectionality and how the modern theory is prioritizing differences between identity politic groups. Explaining while white women face marginalization for their sex they gain privilege from their race and so forth. It’s because of this reason that we cannot find harmony. That groups are starting to segregate themselves by race and that the constant argument of white versus black is still an issue even though it really should have been solved centuries ago. How are we allocating safe spaces and trigger warning for minorities to feel comfortable within the majority? Will it always be a never ending battle that we so passionately and ferociously feel the need to go to bat for until the end of time.