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If I am ever killed by a domestic partner and the article's subhead is a quote about a dead cop being a hero, please avenge my death.
just interesting how a lot of the coverage is downplaying the domestic violence. @BuzzFeedNews uses harmful "got into an argument" framing, which isn't descriptive and also implies that it was just a normal disagreement.
Yet while she was the victim, I keep seeing outlets framing it as "a cop died!" "oh, yeah, this lady died, too." wgntv.com/2018/11/19/rep…
The Chicago hospital shooting is about fatal domestic violence against a Black woman.
The Chicago hospital shooting is about fatal domestic violence against a Black woman.
The Chicago hospital shooting is about fatal domestic violence against a Black woman.
The story cannot be properly told unless we work with that fact first and foremost. There's a reason why mass shooters have a history of domestic violence. We need to connect the two, but we can't pretend it's a side note.
Black women are at THREE TIMES more likely to be killed by domestic violence. Dr. Tamara O’Neal's murder was an example of that. hg.org/legal-articles…
A Black woman was killed by her partner as a part of a mass shooting, it makes national news, and she's treated like a footnote. Even when we're victims in front of everyone, our victimhood is diminished or denied.

And the cost of this visibility is that we literally die.
this also reminds me of an episode of @CitationsPod about media serving as a police blotter amplifier. I wonder if this framing that focuses on a dead cop over a domestic violence victim and bystanders is related to that in this instance. medium.com/@CitationsPodc…
this is so heartbreaking. leaving the abuser is the most dangerous time for a victim. abuse almost always increases in an attempt to control the victim until they don't see them as a person at all.
Domestic abusers are in a pattern of inflicting their pain internal pain onto others. They get a release from the violence, but it escalates when old abusive tactics don't have the same impact anymore (either on their ego or their victim's behavior).
If they're already in the space where they have already normalized extreme violence against someone they supposedly love the most, why wouldn't they inflict pain on strangers? They already feel entitled to take their pain out on others & were never truly challenged on it.
This is why it's important to know that abusive behavior happens on a spectrum. It doesn't start off with punches or gun violence. It starts small. It's important to call abusive/controlling/manipulative tactics out early—and don't excuse them if they're done by a loved one.
It just hit me that the headline is lumping in the abuser and his victim among people dead, but takes the time to show one victim was a cop. Implying he's the most important victim.

Oooh if you lumped me in with my murderer like that, my ghost would be haunting journalists like
*invisibility

I shouldn't rage tweet past bedtime lol
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