Black women and girls should not be killed in jail in America. Not under any circumstances. And the last thing their families should have to do is fight for answers. What exactly are they hiding? And why exactly are we tolerating it?
We all face the challenge of truly seeing beyond our own entry point the travails of our sisters who make up roughly 13 percent of the female population in the United States, but who remain largely on the margins in the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens -- and often in their own communities.
Raynette Turner's death in a "cage" -- commonly called a "cell," or a "detention facility," or a "holding place," to mask the grim reality -- is symbolic of the massive deprivation of human liberty that our society inflicts on other humans, and which may be the most serious pathology of our legal system, and one that continues to get worse.
When the Justice System Detains a Sick Mother of 8 for Stealing Food, It Says Black Lives Don't Matter
We applaud Gov. Cuomo for temporarily instituting a special prosecutor to investigate tragedies like Raynette Turner's death. But we find it necessary to highlight a glaring question: Is it reasonable to keep a visibly sick mother of eight in jail for two days because she allegedly stole food?
She was one of five black women to die in an American jail over a two-week span.