Thursday, July 23, 2015

David Horne’s ‘Decade of the Diaspora’ takes a critical look at Black women and police brutality, July 23 on Harambee Radio


On Thursday, July 23rd, David Horne’s ‘Decade of the Diaspora’ will take a critical look at Black women and police brutality!
The show airs at 10pm EST on The Harambee Radio Network (
Independent Black journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga, author of ‘No Doubt: The Murders of Oscar Grant’ and activist Jill Humphries of the Black Movement Law Project will be the special guests weighing in on the violently neglected topic.
The discussion takes place in a context of a growing mass response by African-American communities across the country responding to police brutality incidents as they continue to rise to epidemic proportions.
The recent death of a young professional Black woman from Chicago, Sandra Bland, in a Texas jail cell after being taken custody over a minor traffic violation, has raised the need for a critical examination of the rarely talked about dimension of Black women and women of color facing police brutality. Her death has sparked an outrage allover the country and will certainly figure prominently in major actions against police brutality this weekend, including a major march in Newark, NJ and the first ‘Black Lives Matter’ national conference in Cleveland.
Ebony Magazine recently featured an article entitled ‘Will You Finally Say Her Name: Black Women Subjected To Police Brutality At Alarming Rates,’ on the incredibly neglected subject. The article highlights a moving study done by the African American Policy Forum and others entitled ‘Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.’ This study concludes that “although Black women are routinely killed, raped and beaten by the police, their experiences are rarely foregrounded in popular understandings of police brutality.”
The show will also examine the impact of growing protest on the legal climate in the country responding to the crisis and new protest paradigms impacting those protest efforts.
Thandisizwe Chimurenga, in addition to her critically acclaimed book on the Oscar Grant case, has also covered the case of Renisha McBride, who was killed in a ‘stand your ground’ case in Michigan recently.
Jill Humphries has been on the ground with the Black Movement Law Project in Baltimore as that effort seeks to help communities responding to police brutality with the needed ‘legal infrastructure’ to meaningfully address the issue while protecting people’s rights.
            “This issue is not only deeply troubling, it is downright scary,” said a passionate
Kymberly S. Newberry, the show’s ‘Cultural Ambassador,’ associate producer and co-host.
 “We are proud to have two brave and strong voices in Thandisizwe Chimurenga and Jill Humphries to help us learn how to address it,” she finished…

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