Crossing the Intersection of Race and Gender
By Gwen McKinney,
Consider the common threads connecting Latasha Harlins and Sandra Bland. Separated by geography and time, their stories – a parting homage to Women’s History Month – underscore the sometimes lethal journey facing Black women and girls.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles uprisings, and the case of Latasha Harlins is one of the major sparks that set LA on fire. Less than two weeks after the Rodney King police beating, 15-year-old Harlins was fatally shot in the back of her head for allegedly trying to steal a bottle of orange juice. The shop owner who killed her was sentenced to 400 hours of community service.
Fast forward to July 2015. Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead…READ MORE