From Claudette Colvin to Kindra Chapman: Does Respectability Still Matter?

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Kindra Chapman was arrested on July 14th, 2015 on the charge of first degree robbery. She was taken to Homewood City Jail and booked at 6:22pm. An hour and 28 minutes later at 7:50pm she was reportedly found dead in her jail cell. The Homewood Police Department claimed it was a suicide.

Kindra chapman isn’t a huxtable. She didn’t have a family that lived in a big house. She didn’t have a first class education. Her father is said to be in jail and her family has a long history with the Homewood Police Department. She is from Rosedale, a poor Black community in the city of Birmingham, AL-specifically Homewood. She has been in trouble before, gets mixed up in the “wrong crowd,” and has a criminal record. She doesn’t come from the “best part” of us.

Does this affect the way we scream that her life matters?…

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