By: Dr. Adia Winfrey
The Black woman in the South who raises sons, grandsons, and nephews had her heartstrings tied to a hanging noose. Any break from routine may herald for them unbearable news.
~I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - By Dr. Maya Angelou
The “hanging noose” described by Maya Angelou still tightly grips the heartstrings of Black women throughout this country. Black men and boys are the intended targets, while their mothers, wives, grandmothers, sisters, children and girlfriends are left to deal with the lasting impact of ebomaphobia.
Defined as “the irrational fear and anger of Black men and boys,” for many Black women, we first experienced the effects of ebomaphobia as little girls with men in our families having extended stretches of unemployment or incarceration. During adolescence, the reverberating effects came in the form of classmates disengaging from school or entering the juvenile justice system. A pain all too familiar to our community, Diamond Reynolds lifted the veil on ebomaphobia’s horrors through Facebook Live on July 6, 2016.