I could not stop listening to the news over the weekend, hoping that Julian King, son of Julia and nephew of Jennifer Hudson would turn up. I’m not sure anyone could be untouched by the tragic and senseless murders of a mother, a brother, and a child.
While the case is still inconclusive, the crime’s presumable connection to “domestic violence” is a terrible reminder that many people–especially women–are murdered by people they know. While some are trying to make the Hudson tragedy a “black” issue or a consequence of living and dating “in the ghetto,” intimate violence does not discriminate on the basis of color or class. To be sure, working class women may live in higher crime areas in general and may also have less access to counseling and police protection but unfortunately intimacy and violence are all-too-common bedfellows. If you just Google the cases of, mostly men, murdering their estranged wives and sometimes their children and other relatives too, you’ll find quite a motley crew.
Will the high-profile nature of this case increase awareness? I’m not sure. But I do know that women and men must continue to form coalitions against violence in all of our families and neighborhoods. If there is any defense against such inscrutable crimes, it will have to be a collective effort.