I’m a Black Woman and I Want My Life to Matter.

Chris Watts has admitted to strangling his wife Shannon Watts to death.  On August 14, a week ago, an Endangered Missing Alert for her and her two daughters was issued.  Since then, her and her family’s faces have been plastered all over news magazines. Every day for 6 days, Shannon Watts was the lead story.  On its face nothing seems unusual about that.

But, one must consider that every day, approximately 3 American women are murdered by a current or past intimate partner. The majority of the victims were under the age of 40, and 15 percent were pregnant, just like Shannon Watts.

Shannon Watts doesn’t fit the profile, however, in that she’s White. Black women were most likely to die by homicide of any kind, at 4.4 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Native American women, Hispanics, and finally whites and Asians….

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