Domestic Violence: The Killing of Kasandra Perkins and What It Says

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[Editor's note: On the morning of December 1, NFL player Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then shot himself. Ever since, the media has speculated: What could have made the popular linebacker do such a horrible thing? Yet hardly any attention has focused on the 22-year-old woman he murdered, the mother of his young child. Except to suggest that it was somehow her fault. As Fox News host and apparent domestic violence expert Dana Perino suggested recently, maybe women who are abused should make “better decisions”? While others used Perkins’ violent death to make callous remarks, blogger Gina McCauley at What About Our Daughters used it to write an informed and searing post on the staggering and overlooked problem of black maternal homicide. It took my breath away. —Mona]

She writes:

If you’re shocked that Miss Perkins is dead, you shouldn’t be. Because she was a Black woman in her 20s with a child of less than a year old, statistics tell us that she was at a relatively high risk of being murdered by her child’s father. ELEVEN TIMES more at risk of being murdered because she was a Black woman and almost certainly to be blamed by certain segments of the Black community for her own death. You won’t read this anywhere else but HERE.

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Police arrive at Kasandra Perkins' home the morning she was killed

Read more from The Crucifixion of Kasandra Perkins: Victim-Blaming, Black Maternal Homicide and Stupidity at What about Our Daughters


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