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The Black Woman’s Defense League (BWDL) is a Dallas-based organization with a pro-gun stance whose mandate is liberation for women. Founded in 2015 by 26-year-old Niecee Cornute (aka Niecee X), BWDL provides a safe space for women by providing martial arts training, rape counseling and prevention, health/sex education, economic and social empowerment classes, and weekly firearm practice at a local gun range.

Niecee X, Founder of BWDL

Admittedly, it’s somewhat jarring to see Niecee X posing with what looks like an Uzi. However, statistics affirming the systematic sexual abuse and violence that black women experience as facts of life in America are even more unsettling:

• Every 19 hours a black woman is killed by a man. 
• Once every 21 hours, a black woman is killed by a black man.
• Black women are murdered by men at more than twice the rate of white women. 91% of these murders are committed by men they know.
• More black women die because of violence from a domestic/intimate partner than black men get killed by the police.
• Although the lives of black men lost have been highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement, relatively little attention has been given to black women whose lives have been taken by police or their misogynistic men.
• Since 2010, at least 22% of black women have been raped at some point in their lifetime. 
• Hundreds of thousands of rape kits sit untested in police departments and crime labs across the country.
• Black women often don't report abuse due to mistrust of the system.
• Only 13% of the U.S.’s female population is black; but 30% of all women behind bars are black. 
• Women are the fastest growing demographic of gun owners.

VICE reporter Wilbert L. Cooper profiles BWDL and their fight against white supremacy and violent patriarchy.


Parallel Trends in the Caribbean
According to ‘Code Red,’ the online blog from the Barbados-based, feminist activist collective incidences of domestic violence, incest, and rape of girls and women are widespread in indigenous, Indo and black communities throughout the Caribbean. However, the region's rates of investigation, trial and conviction in such cases are abysmally low.

There’s also a tendency to downplay rape and blame female victims for misogyny throughout the Caribbean as reported Flora Thomas in ‘Global Voices Online'. Thomas opines that women in the region are no longer willing to put up with abuse. I sincerely hope she’s right.

Are sisters in Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, etc. sufficiently supported and vex enough to be able to stand up to male abusers, advocate for their own safety, demand fair treatment and, in doing so, empower their entire community? Or, do abused and vulnerable women in the Caribbean need to adopt the BWDL model and start using guns to protect themselves from systemic misogyny and violence?

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Comment by Tuck on February 26, 2017 at 4:17pm
Great black women defending themselves
Comment by Bombahdrop on February 15, 2017 at 6:12am
Sure lock and load and kill each other. If blacks keep killing each other as it is, everyone owning a gun wont make much of a difference now will it. Weve all seened videos of blacks on worldstar and fight videos black jumping people, blm violence, and all the violent protest marchers all full of agitation, anger rage racism , lets just slip in a gun in everyones hand so man can really begin to kill man , Wow what a solution, there is no love in the world anymore. Everyone is out for their own personal vendetta.
Comment by Bombahdrop on February 15, 2017 at 6:03am
Rediculous and a dam shame what humans have resulted too. Whatever happened to Love thy Neighbor. Smdh
Comment by Jabari Bumani Charging-Horse on February 14, 2017 at 2:38pm

Great job, Please contact me. I maybe able to get you more funding.

Comment by Sharon Gil on February 14, 2017 at 2:37pm

I shall NEVER be encountered or found without one...not in this crazy, disrespectful world of today!

Comment by Yasmin on February 14, 2017 at 12:11am

What kind of Question is this Black Women need guns just like anybody else.

Comment by Pearl Green on February 13, 2017 at 11:14pm

Every Black Man, Woman & Child needs to master the use of firearms!

Comment by Lu on February 13, 2017 at 9:33pm

Amen...Raise your legal rights to bear arms and protect yourself and each other, mentally and physically.

Peace to the past sisters and brothers who have laid their lives on the line for the injustices against our culture and race....

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