Why it makes sense to highlight the plights of people of color and women

George Stinney

Two of the reasons why crimes against “people of color” (not a fan of that phrase, but I’m going to use it anyway) tend to get, and deserve, more attention is to atone for the heinous shit that has happened in the past, and, more importantly, to combat the systemic racism that continues to permeate society today. Crimes against women also get, and deserve, more attention to highlight the problem of systemic sexism.

Despite the addition of a few laws, oppressive constructs are still in place for many people. Misogyny and violence against women are still major and immediate problems, and black males—as young as 12-years old—are still overwhelmingly treated like criminals by a police force that’s supposed to be held to a higher standard than civilians.

Of course crimes against white males should be addressed, but we shouldn’t hold it against anyone if they choose to focus a little more on the crimes against people of color and women.