The Real Reasons People Blame Victims for Police Brutality

Ever heard or thought that a victim of police brutality should’ve just done something differently to avoid being killed?

As more and more unarmed people of color are killed by police, some people just keep adding to the list of what they “shouldn’t” have done – and, as Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey puts it, many of the rules come down to “don’t be black.”

Here’s why this victim-blaming is so ridiculous – and why we need to start holding police accountable instead.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

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Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is a graphic designer and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, Chescaleigh andChescalocs, she and her videos have been featured on numerous style and entertainment blogs and news publications including MTV, The New York Times,, and The BBC. In January 2012, Franchesca had her first viral video “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls” which accumulated 1.5 million views in 24 hours, 6 million views in a week and over 9 million views to date. Follow her on Twitter @chescaleigh