Black Girls, Domestic Violence, And The Limits Of Self-Defense

Lindsey E. Jones @ African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) puts Bresha Meadows’ case in a historical context that highlights a pattern of criminalization institutions failing to support black women and girls who act in self-defense. Excerpt below:

“While the case is making its way through the courts and the families of Brandi Meadows (Bresha’s mother) and Jonathan Meadows (Bresha’s deceased father) share conflicting stories with news media about the latter’s personality and propensity toward violence, as well as their conflicting opinions about premeditation versus self-defense, it is important to note that this case is neither isolated nor entirely new. Recent scholarship in the history of black women and the carceral state illustrates the extent to which systems of criminal justice and law enforcement have both historically failed to protect black female victims of domestic violence and criminalized black women who rise up in their own defense.”

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