Although the dominant narrative suggests men, more than women, have been more affected by COVID-19 and police brutality, Black women shouldn’t be erased in time, especially if we all want to get free.
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Breonna Taylor, an EMT in Kentucky who was helping those with the coronavirus, died when police broke into the wrong home and shot her in a botched raid.
As parallel plagues, these same intersecting systems that impact Black women’s exposure to the pandemic also shape their increased exposure to police brutality and mass-incarceration, adding to the avalanche of injuries.
The pandemic and police brutality, and Black women’s erasure within these narratives, is constraining our freedom, and killing our bodies.
What might freedom for Black women mean in our current health and police crises?