Black lives matter right? Then why aren’t women included?
On July 30-August 3, 2015 I had the honor of attending the African American Policy Forum’s Healing and Arts Summer Camp where women and girls from all around the country joined together at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie New York.
During our stay, I had the chance to bond with some amazingly sweet and talented women and girls with many different backgrounds. I git to speak to and bond with family members of women killed by the police, such as the mother of Shelly Frey and the sister of Kayla more.
It amazes me that so many people don’t know who they are. But whenever a black man is killed we know all about it. Aren’t black women and girls worthy enough to have their pictures over the news? Is it fare to say that black girls do not need help?
At this vamp, we were there to learn many ways to advocate for women and girls, wether they were killed by the police, killed by their partners, raped, beaten, or locked up. We learned about the extremely high statistics about how many black girls are suspended, mainly for protecting themselves or standing up to young boys, versus the low amount of black boys. They are “Over policed and pushed out” and as a result, many don’t finish school.
Although this was a learning experience, it was also a time of healing and learning how to deal with out pains and struggles. Some of the testimonies that were shared are very sad. All weekend we cried.
This has been a great experience and I would definitely do it again. Thank you Professor Kimberle Crenshaw for an amazing experience. This camp has helped me figure out what I need to do not only for myself, but for all women and girls of color who are silenced. Let them be silenced no more, Break the silence and say her name.