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#BlackLivesMatter Tries To Turn Woman Into a Martyer Who Was Killed After Pointing a Shotgun At Police While Hiding Behind Her 5 Year Old Son

#BlackLivesMatter Tries To Turn Woman Into a Martyer Who Was Killed After Pointing a Shotgun At Police While Hiding Behind Her 5 Year Old Son

The Root

On Monday, Baltimore County police shot and killed 23-year-old mother Korryn Gaines while she was holding her 5-year-old son, making her the ninth black woman to be killed by police this year. I feared that two common trends would find their way to the forefront after hearing the Baltimore County Police Department’s version of events.

I was first nervous that black men would be silent about Gaines’ being killed—or alternatively, would speak, but use that as an opportunity to blame her for her own death. Simultaneously, I worried that police would reveal minimal information as a way to figure out their story first before airing it public. Both occurred.

Although both are frequent occurrences in the realm of many male-centered #BlackLivesMatter social media narratives, I have not come to expect much of the police other than recycled lies and good-ol’-boy traditions. This is, part and parcel, why I have no issue with being Team #AbolishThePolice. However, it is the former that hurts more than the latter. The fact that when I log on to the internet and find my way through the Twittersphere, I see black men blaming black women like Gaines—the same black women who defend us even to their detriment—hurts like hell.

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