For Karen Smith And Other Black Women Who Seek Freedom When The Misogynoir Is Enough

On an average day in an average month, the presence of misogynoir, even if frequent, is little more than irritating. The typical manifestations—mainly incidents in which a man of virtually any racial background gives disparaging remarks about Black women à la Bill O’Reilly—often make for an interesting, yet brief, groupchat-worthy discussion chock full of eyerolls. But in the last three weeks, the violent displays of misogynoir have become overwhelming and fear-inducing.

Search Continues For Steve Stephens, Suspect in Cleveland Homicide

Police are still searching for a man suspected of shooting a 74-year-old man in Cleveland and uploading a video of it to Facebook. The suspect has been identified as Steve Stephens, who had also broadcast on Facebook Live earlier that day claiming that he’d also killed more than a dozen people, according to NPR.

“There are no more victims that we know are tied to him,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said during a news conference.

Black Transgender Woman’s Death in Cleveland Ruled A Homicide

Brandi Bledsoe, 23, is at least the 23rd transgender person to be murdered this year. Her body was found in a driveway in Cleveland by a five-year-old riding his bike with his older brother.

According to the Advocate, Bledsoe’s death was the result of a gunshot wound to the chest. She was found with plastic bags over her head and both hands. 

Cleveland Wants Tamir Rice’s Family To Pay $500 For Ambulance Ride

Cleveland police officers killed Tamir Rice within seconds of getting to the scene after receiving calls of a “man” with a gun in 2014. Rice was 12 years old and holding a toy gun. Regardless, he was shot dead in moments and a grand jury chose to not indict the officer responsible.

To make matters worse for the grieving family, the city of Cleveland is now charging Rice’s family $500 for his last ambulance ride, according to Yahoo News.