The story of Black queer women imprisoned for defending themselves to reminds us this criminal system cannot save us

  • PublicationBlack Youth Project

The legal system was never built with Black queer people in mind. This system assigns victimhood, or refuses it, according to social biases, and society’s perception of who is more likely to be a victim or more credible thus affects who is allowed to receive justice. When it comes to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other areas of sexual violence, Black women have been historically left out of that allowance.

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