Monday, August 22, 2005

latoyia figueroa: found, sadly - Pregnant woman's remains found near Philadelphia� - Aug 20, 2005

after about a month, she was found murdered and her boyfriend has been arrested as a primary suspect. taken alone her murder is a tragedy for her family and community; taken as a part of something larger, it's unfortunately common and will probably sink from view.

the leading cause of death for pregnant women in this nation is homicide and, most likely, homicide at the hands of an intimate. this finding leads me to place latoyia's death firmly in the context of gender. i mean, her death is part of a larger trend of violence against women, not merely an individual taking another's life. (notice i said 'not merely.')

her boyfriend will be pathologized as another violent black man and gender violence will disappear from public discourse.

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