Sister, They Are Killing Us: A Black Feminist Response to State and Sexual Violence

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Black women are being murdered, violated and maimed. It’s hidden in plain sight—even as they are leading our current-day social movements with fierce intention.   

A Black teenager was found dead in Tallahassee, Fla., on June 13. Her name was Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau. A 19-year-old Black Lives Matter organizer, Toyin was kidnapped hours after tweeting about being sexually assaulted by a man before her lifeless body was found, along with 75-year-old woman Victoria Sims.

Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau. (@_mosoul / Twitter / Mahogany Thoughts)

And while it wasn’t the crushing weight of police brutality that took her life, her death sheds light on the normalized violations of sexual violence and police brutality that many Black women have long faced as they fight to save their own lives and those of the people in their own communities.

Sister, they are killing…

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