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Why seeing the murder of Ashanti Hunter as anti-Black violence does not distract us from fighting for Black men and boys

May 16, 2017

Treva Lindsay, assistant professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University and Research for Equity on Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard’s Hutchins Center on the murder of Ashanti Hunter and anti-blackness:

“Rallying around ending intra-communal murders is not a distraction from railing against police violence. It is embracing an inclusive vision of justice.

The idea that addressing intra-communal violence is a distraction wrongly, but effectively, attempts to silence calls for us to approach intimate partner and domestic violence as anti-Black violence. The reality is that all Black folks dying aren’t cis heterosexual men and boys. We can’t tear down anti-Blackness without tackling its effects on Black women and girls. White supremacy and heteropatriarchy are death-wielding, interwoven forces in the lives Black women. This means they are present in every part of our lives, even the ones we engage in for love and restoration.”

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