I know I just posted on a variety of topics and mentioned the news at Feministing about the death of Asia McGowen, a young black woman in Detroit murdered by a YouTube and Facebook stalker, but now I'm sitting here and watching video at the longer post at What About Our Daughters and bawling like a baby. Believe me, it's not hormonal, it's just feeling like somebody's dropping bricks on me, the insanity of the tragedy overwhelms me.
WAOD, reporting with information from Black Girls Rock It!, says the alleged murderer, Anthony Powell, killed himself after killing Asia, and his parents say he had a history of mental illness and they tried to get help for him but didn't think he was a danger to others.
If you recall the Revelus case, the brutal murders of two sisters by their brother last month, then you know mental illness played a factor in those murders as well. In addition, it seems Asia's murderer hated black women and atheists. WAOD commentary voices concern that a Detroit Free Press story about the murder underplays Powell's threats against black women in favor of threats against atheists. Did the alleged killer murder Asia for her religious beliefs? Probably not.
While I understand the importance getting better mental health care in this country, I am more disturbed that the police were warned about the threats against Asia but either did nothing to investigate or didn't take them seriously.
I'm not going to write more on this. I strongly suggest you visit What About Our Daughters and take note of the YouTube video at the end from a man who goes by the screenname of infamoustrag, who tried to warn the Detroit police about the man threatening Asia McGowen on Youtube. He talks about people who threaten suicide on the web as well.
This story also has a Facebook connection.
Chilling. And the question that comes up repeatedly is still, are black women less important than other women given the lack of national media coverage on Asia's death? Other than her being black, the story has all the pieces media sharks love--racial hatred, misogyny, suicide by Net, murder by Net, gun violence, unrequited love, a pretty girl, and blood.