No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant is being self-published, as Ida B. Wells-Barnett did in her day, to preserve the independence and uniqueness of my own voice. I have appealed to the national and international justice-loving community to see this work as something worthy of investing in - a symbol of its importance - and they have stepped up to the plate.
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Feminist thinker bell hooks has often described the United States as being a "white supremacist patriarchal state." Although Black women are by no means spared from state-sanctioned (government) violence, bell hooks' analysis speaks to the reason why that violence is most often directed against Black male bodies. As a witness to the state-sanctioned violence that was done to Oscar Grant before and during the trial of his murderer, it is as important to me that my voice be preserved as a Black woman as it is that the story of Oscar Grant's multiple murders be told.
The issue of state sanctioned violence against Black bodies is not new however, with the election of the first African-American as President of the United States of America - a state founded in and dripping with white supremacy - the issue has an urgency now that is reminiscent of this country at the turn of the century.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett took on the project of documenting numerous instances of state-sanctioned violence and aggressively organizing against it - nationally and internationally - through her writings, oratory and coalition work. My hope is that this book, No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant, will stand as both testament to that work and as an extension of it here in the 21st Century.