Black Lives Matter: An Intersectionality of Race and Gender

University of Minnesota Women's Center Blog

Most everyone has heard of the men involved in Black Lives Matter. Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin– they’ve become household names in regards to the movement. However, rarely do we hear about the women subjected to the police brutality BLM disputes; Rekia Boyd shot by an unarmed Chicago police officer in 2012, Michelle Cusseaux a 50 year-old bipolar and schizophrenic women shot in 2012 in Phoenix, Shelly Frey a 27 year-old mother shot in Houston for attempting to shoplift, and a multitude others. Most people aren’t familiar with the strong female foundation of Black Lives Matter either. #BlackLivesMatter was the revolutionary brain child of three incredible women as a result of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the murder trial of Trayvon Martin. Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, and Patrisse Cullors helped unmask the severe institutional racism in this country and expose it for what it really is. However, the discrimination…

View original post 572 more words

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s