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.

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.

 

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