” What’s sad is that a lot of cases aren’t taken too seriously . It’s just another Black girl , ” said Jennifer Redmond , whose 19 – year – old daughter Sarayah Jade was killed last September . To families of victims and local activists , the release of new data on the number of Black women and girls who were murdered per day in the US last year , is just the latest reminder that violence against them often goes ignored and that it should be made a more urgent public priority . – According to statistics released by the FBI last week , at least four Black women and girls were murdered per day in 2020 , a sharp increase compared with the year before . The FBI recorded at least 405 additional murders of Black women and girls last year as homicide surged across the country , and experts caution that even that stark number probably represents an undercount . The increase in murders of Black women comes as the overall US murder rate rose nearly 30 % during the pandemic , the biggest jump in six decades . The rising murder rate has affected Black women across the country . Baltimore , Maryland , recorded the highest – ever number of women killed in 2020 , with at least 48 women murdered throughout the year .
The rising murder rate has affected Black women across the country . Baltimore , Maryland , recorded the highest – ever number of women killed in 2020 , with at least 48 women murdered throughout the year , many of them Black . Advocates and experts said the stark rise makes it clear it’s time to address the factors that have long made Black women face a three times higher homicide rate than white women , as well as why their risk of being murdered increased sharply last year . ” Black women and girls have been indoctrinated to believe everyone matters but themselves , ” said Rosa Page , the founder of the advocacy group Black Femicide US . When things ” get rough , Black women are the first to be harmed ” , said Ori nroe , an organiser with Black Femicide US and co-founder of Black Women Lead / Black Femme Fund . Follow the link in bio to read the full piece from our ‘ Guns and lies ‘ series , that puts a spotlight on the crisis of everyday gun deaths in US Black and brown communities .