Deadly teen dating
When black women defend themselves, they are more likely to be criminalized, as per the example of Marissa Alexander, who was infamously slapped with a mandatory minimum twenty year prison sentence after firing a warning shot at her abusive ex-spouse (a serial abuser who, like Anderson, had a history of violence against his former partners).
Commenting on the Alexander case in the , Rita Smith of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence said, “When a woman or minority is claiming they are defending themselves, they don’t get the benefit of the doubt…Most battered women who kill in self-defense end up in prison.
There is a well-documented bias against women [in these cases].” And the reality is that black women are three times more likely than white women to be tried, convicted and incarcerated for felony offenses.
The pervasive media demonization of black women violence victims is a key factor in this nexus of intimate partner violence and criminalization.
Smith had taken the courageous step of leaving her husband—a move that many women are unable to make.
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