Professor Crenshaw Featured in The Guardian in Discussion of #SayHerName Advocacy Campaign

May 30, 2016 – Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw was featured in an article in The Guardian about the advocacy campaign, #SayHerName, which was created to raise awareness of Black women and girls killed by law enforcement officers each year.  Professor Crenshaw is recognized for coining the term “intersectionality” in the 1980s to describe the way different forms of discrimination overlap and compound each other. 

Unless the way women are killed is taken into account, says Professor Crenshaw, we can’t “broaden our understanding of vulnerability to state violence and what do we need to do about it.” There are many cases, for instance, where women are killed by police who arrive as first responders to emergency calls for mental health crises. “Disability – emotional, physical and mental – is one of the biggest risk factors for being killed by the police, but it is relatively suppressed in the conversation about police violence.”

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