Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Good news but also Tragic and Sad News: The Atlanta Woman Who Had Not Been Identified Has Been, By Her Mother, The deceased young woman's name is Thandiwe Hunt. She was 20 years old.

Portrait of Thandiwe Hunt, 20, (died 2011) is from here. (Thanks to Renee for posting this.)
Two days ago I posted a very tragic and urgent message that an African American woman who was found dead in a wooded area in Atlanta was not yet identified. An investigator contacted me--she contacted many people, actually, and I reported on this here: http://radicalprofeminist.blogspot.com/2011/02/feminist-action-alert-please-help.html.

So I sent that link and related links from Atlanta to many bloggers and activists. Only one woman replied. That was Renee @ Womanist Musings. I want to publicly thank Renee for her concern and regard for this deceased woman and her living loved ones. This was Renee's post: http://www.womanist-musings.com/2011/02/do-you-know-this-woman.html

No one else responded to me to let me know whether or not they posted this anywhere. (Not one white activist.) But even more shocking news from the investigator, a very compassionate woman, was that no one but me responded to her emails at all! What the hell is THAT all about????? (Yeah, we know what that is all about.)

The update is that this deceased woman has been identified by her mother. With what gratitude there can be in this situation, we can be grateful she has plenty of support around her. Thank you to all who said prayers.

Here is the latest press release. [Source: here]

Deceased Black Female Identified

The Fulton County Medical Examiner has identified the deceased black female found near Park Avenue SW in Atlanta on February 2, 2011. She is Thandiwe Hunt, a 20-year-old. Investigation continues into the cause, manner, and circumstances of death.

Posted by:
Randy Hanzlick, MD
Chief Medical Examiner, Fulton County
Posted at 715am, March 1, 2011


  1. Unfortunately, I am not the least bit surprised that no one responded to your e-mails about this woman. The blogosphere is filled with people who claim to be social justice minded and yet when the opportunity arises to prove this claim they often fall short.

  2. So sorry to hear about this. Condolences to Thandiwe's mother.

  3. I keep having expectations that get dashed, Renee. You saying this "out loud" makes it more real to me. Thank you for that, and for all your help with this.

  4. Thank you, Dark Daughta. I believe that some members of Thandiwe's family is checking this post for comments. So, your condolences should be communicated to her.

  5. I'll add this too: dedgurlcingztheblooze also helped out. She tweeted the info to many people right away. She got word out effectively. So thanks to her as well. <3

    (This still means no whites did anything at all.)

  6. I am so glad this woman has been identified.What a horror for Thandiwe Hunt's mother,family and friends.--Julian, I put your blog post on my Facebook page when I saw it the other day-didnt think to mention it -just did it. I will post this one too in response to Thadiwe Hunt being identified.Thanks for the information about this.

  7. Thank you so much, Coni, for posting the information to Facebook.

    It gives me some hope that Renee, dedgurlcingztheblooze, Dark Daughta, and you (readers: Coni is white) all have taken action and/or shown such public concern and regard for Thandiwe's mother. Please keep sending her your wishes to get through this.

    This has to be among the most horrible things for any parent to live though.

    What can we all do about the white media ignoring these horrors, but reporting endlessly about a missing white girl or woman, so that we know every detail of her life? (Yes, this has a sick exploitive function in corporate media, but at least the white girls and women are understood to be human enough to report on.)

    How can we collectively work to make sure that every missing girl or woman in the U.S. is reported by (and not dropped as an important new story in) white media, including--dare we imagine it?--white men's blogs?

    Also, how can we organise systematic actions, alerting our audiences of these incidents and human rights abuses? How can we generate realistic hope that doing so will reduce the frequency of men's often lethal violence against women and girls? How can we work together in ways that might actually result in some justice being served, or, at the very least, might motivate many other blogs and corporate media to not ignore or instantly forget the disappearances and deaths of Black and Brown women as well as the worry and grief of their loved ones, in the U.S. and beyond?

  8. I'm glad, at least, to report that many more people actually did do something when they found out about this murdered woman not being identified as yet, and when finding out her mother did identify her recently.

    Here's another email I got, and I asked and obtained her permission to post it here:

    Hello Julian, I'm so sorry I did not contact you back, how ever I did receive your press release on the young black woman found w/no [reported] identity. I forwarded on to several of my friends in Atlanta to post. I'm very grateful for your hard work and glad to hear that the young woman has now been identified. My thoughts go out to her mother, and I hope who ever did this will soon be caught and jailed for life!

    Sincerely, laura cat