Trump Supporters Co-Opt #SayHerName After Rioter Declared Dead, Get Quickly Checked By Black Folks
Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot by police as she tried to unlawfully climb through a window.
January 07, 2021 at 10:23 pm
As Trump-supporting rioters, some armed with weapons, breached the Capitol’s secure perimeter, one woman was fatally shot by police as she tried to unlawfully climb through a window, according to a news report from KUSI. Her supporters tried to take over a hashtag meant to commemorate the long list of Black women and girls who were killed by police for merely existing.
The news outlet confirmed the insurgent’s identity as Ashli Babbitt. Babbitt was among the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress attempted to certify the votes to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win, as Blavity previously reported. As news of the woman’s identity began to circulate, a sinister spin on a popular hashtag among Black social justice warriors began to trend on Twitter.
Babbitt’s husband told KUSI that his wife was a 14-year Air Force veteran, who served four tours.
In an attempt to make Babbitt the martyr of the MAGA movement, some Twitter users hashtagged her death with #SayHerName. However, the hashtag was created by the African American Policy Forum to bring “awareness to the often invisible names and stories of Black women and girls who have been victimized by racist police violence and provides support to their families” in December 2014, according to its website.