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Africana WomaNINJA @ZalUIbaorimi
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Here is the ugly

Here is the grotesque

I wrote this in my thesis #TheDaughtersofBaartman

"In September of 2014, two teenage friends’ bodies were found naked, one on top of the other, bound together by zip ties by the side of the road in Tampa, Florida (Lemieux, 2014)."
"These Black teenage girls were 18 and 19, but most importantly they had names-Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Magnum. However, because of their sexual imagery and memory it made it just a little too difficult for Black communities to say or remember their names."
"The Tampa Bay Times reported, Ball dropped out of high school at 16,and both of them were in the sex adjacent industry of exotic dance. Although, a few articles and activists have suggested that these teenage murders were dismissed by police and members of the Black community.."
"Despite, sex work being an industry where women are often subjected to harassment, exploitation and abuse by clients, employers and law enforcement, as stated by Jamilah Lemieux in “Black Girls Murdered (But Do YOU Care?)”, "
"...this is not an opportunity for communities to dwell within a space that encourages the throwing of sticks and stones at Black sex workers. This should not present as an opportunity to banish them and revoke their status as full-human."
"Ball’s mother, Jerlean Moore asked ABC, "I feel like sometimes that I failed. What could I have done? What could I have taught her better?” and Lemieux showing empathy toward her in her essay extended commentary to the rest of Black communities stating:"
""We shouldn’t need for them to have been “good girls”—or White girls, or,
perhaps good White girls—for this to be cause for national concern. There is a killer, or killers, on the loose. There is no shame in what those women allegedly did for a living.""
""The shame is the way our society treats the ‘bad girls,’ and that we do not respect their humanity even in death.""

*end of Lemieux's quote*
"To date, it is unclear of who murdered Ball and Magnum, however, what is clear is that to acknowledge their humanity further perpetuates the idea that what happened to these teenage girls was somehow deserved."
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