Thursday 1 December 2022
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Missing from the Conversation: Black Women and Mass Incarceration

Op/Ed By Kimberly Tignor


kimberlytignor( – Now that we know that former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw will spend the rest of his life behind bars for multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against black women, the national conversation has turned from recounting his heinous crimes to discussing an even more disturbing question: why did it take so long for most of us to notice this story?

The answer, as many commentators have pointed out, lies at the uncomfortable intersection of gender, race, and class. The Holtzclaw saga underscores a broader truth about America in 2015: our criminal justice system systemically undervalues and abuses—and our mainstream media routinely ignores—poor black women.

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