Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I remember JoAnne Little

On August 27 1974 JoAnne Little, a 20 year old black woman, killed a prison guard in who was sexually assaulting her. She had repeatedly resisted such attacks and ongoing sexual exploitation of her circumstances as the only woman in a man's jail. She was placed on death row. The details of the case speak volumes of our society's criminalization of black people, of women,of young people, and the poor. They speak of institutionalized rape and the particular vulnerability that comes with being black and a woman.

The story reminds us of another fight against rape, here on this ground. Angela Davis and other black feminists spoke up, forming a righteous and radical campaign to save JoAnne Little's life. Our struggle continues in their brave footprints...

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