By Beth E. Richie
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Indeed, I read the stories as illustrations of how profoundly inadequate some of these efforts have been, particularly the over-reliance on law enforcement. More subtly, perhaps, Black women like Tanya, Ms. B, and the New Jersey 4’s experiences show the tremendous cost that resulted from the anti-violence movement’s deployment of a rhetorical strategy aimed at bringing legitimacy to the issue of gender violence and the ensuing refusal to acknowledge state violence by, and because of, the public policies associated with the climate of a prison nation.
And for that, they will be punished. The punishment—the isolation, further stigmatization, or long prison sentences—is made possible by the social climate that constitutes the prison nation. The general conditions that link these stories will be familiar to Black women and other women of color who have been activists in the antiviolence movement for the past 25 years. We have been confronting our communities about their complacency on the issue of gender violence and mainstream anti-violence organizations who do not adequately address the concerns of women of color for years.
That it took so long to apprehend him is surely [ 37 ] Male Violence against Black Women due, in part, to the profile of Sowell’s victims. ” City officials pointed to detectives and parole officers who failed to take seriously reports that women had been seen fleeing Sowell’s house. Victims’ advocates were slower to respond to these cases than others because the women came from communities where few make use of rape crisis and other victims’ services. The convergence of this heinous series of crimes that only affected low-income communities, along with Black women’s stigmatized position within those communities, and uneven and seemingly reckless law enforcement strategies, resulted in the death of 11 Black women and harm caused to at least another three.