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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.

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.


Other Twitter users were not happy about Trump supporters using the hashtag.

Another Twitter user simply listed the innocent Black women who had been killed by police using the hashtag.

One person inferred that thugs weren’t included in the hashtag.

Another referenced the difference between Babbitt and Breonna Taylor. Taylor was shot to death by police in her home that she shared with her boyfriend, as Blavity previously reported

Police are still investigating Babbitt’s death, according to NPR. The 35-year-old woman’s ex-husband told the publication that she was proud of serving her country. “She saw first hand through her multiple deployments overseas how others were treated and was grateful to have the freedoms we have in America,” Timothy McEntee, an Air Force veteran, told NPR by email. A video posted to Facebook showed Babbitt in an angry rant prior to going to the Capitol on Wednesday.

NPR also reported that at least three other people were killed during the violent insurrection in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. 

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Keka Araújo is Detroit's daughter, a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson, the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao” and a published journalist with a penchant for luxe goods. She has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.