How Society Is Failing Black Women

Updated: Jul 15, 2020

Take a moment to think about the following:

How much do you know about Breonna Taylor’s story? Have you heard of Riah Milton or Shukri Abdi on the news as much as you have coverage of pubs reopening for the summer? What do you know about Deborah Danner or Charleena Lyles? How about Vera Uwaila Omozuwa or Oluwatoyin Salau?

For many of you, you will not be able to easily answer the above questions. Why? Because society is failing Black women. Attacks against Black women by members of the public or the police are the least reported and one of the least investigated crimes. They are also the stories that are the least likely to be covered by major news sources. Unfortunately, the women I have mentioned at the start of this article do not even begin to cover all the stories of Black women who have been racially or sexually attacked, abused or murdered. Therefore, I both invite and implore for you to go out, find these stories, share them and take action to get justice for these women.

Breonna Taylor was murdered by police after being awoken in the middle of the night. The police entered without warning. No arrests or prosecutions have been made.

Riah Milton