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Lately, a lot of us have been upset about the *crickets* we hear whenever a black woman is assaulted/murdered, whether by cops or civilians. We're not even named when we're the first victim in a string of victims. I've been reading Transgriot's blog for five years now and she can barely keep up with all the transwomen of color who are attacked in this country (and around the world), receiving little attention and even less justice. And Transgriot blogs daily, ladies and gentlemen. You practically hear the exhaustion and frustration in her written voice as she tries give voice to those who've been silenced.
You know, on the one hand, it is exhausting to be a black woman because despite all the *hearts*, the hastags, and the hollow claims of solidarity, when it comes down to it, we're really on our own. But on the other hand, I never lose faith that we as group will rise to the occasion.
Protesters in cities across the country staged various actions over the course of two days this week in order to bring attention to state violence inflicted upon black women, stories often ignored by the media and even by other #BlackLivesMatter protests.
The first day of action was on May 20 in New York City. On that day, hundreds of protesters gathered in Union Square at around 5:30 p.m. bearing signs with the names of women killed by police for a vigil. The family members of Tanisha Anderson, Rekia Boyd, Miriam Carey, Michelle Cusseux, Shelly Frey, Kayla Moore and Alberta Spruill — all black women killed by police — also attended the vigil and shared stories of how their loved ones were killed by state violence.