Where are the protests for trans women of color murdered this summer?
Michael Brown. John Crawford. Eric Garner.
America knows these names because, thankfully, the media hasn’t let us forget them. These are young Black men murdered this summer because this country has a problem with race, prejudice, bias, and an assumption of guilt in respect to people of color.
Mia Henderson. Alejandra Leos. Tiffany Edwards.
We don’t know these names because the media isn’t paying attention. These are young trans women of color who’ve also been murdered this summer, but we’re not talking about them. No one is advocating for the six trans women of color murdered this summer. There are no panel discussions on cable news or articles devoted to investigating their innocence and disproving any basis for a justifiable homicide because trans women — especially trans women of color — are always guilty. They’re guilty because they dare to exist and their stories don’t make for gripping headlines in a country reluctant to even acknowledge their existence.
2:04 pm • 18 September 2014 •
Look at this photo.
Most of my future children tag is cute brown children being fabulous and clearly belonging to me in spirit, but I’m making an exception for this tweet because if I don’t raise my kids to give that exact same response, then I have failed as a parent.
Who is this woman and can I send her a thank-you gift basket and a Black Parenting Award? This is why it is imperative that we teach our children real history outside of textbooks constructed by, written for, and approved by white men whose re-telling of history conveniently glosses over atrocities and minimizes suffering.
"bold new idea"
I want to go to that school and set fire to every history book in the building.
12:30 pm • 18 September 2014 •
Rambling Wednesdays: The “good” white people.
I just snatched this off my Facebook feed for y’all.
As foreign as that concept may seem on the surface — especially to 20somethings — I’d be willing to best most of our older relatives have a list of “good white people.” I think for my family it was the Fulenwiders.
5:45 pm • 17 September 2014 •
Oscar-nominated Black actresses still can’t find work.
But Kristen Stewart, by her own admission, can snap her fingers and get a role.
I’ve seen a collection of photos from shady-heaux floating around tumblr leading off with Viola Davis.
It needed a video. It needed this scene from Doubt where Viola Davis gives the performance of the century so far and makes Meryl Streep look like an amateur. I can’t watch this scene without tearing up every single time because Viola takes acting to a place where Kristen Stewart can only pray to catch a corner of one day.
The fact that any woman can do THAT and still have to beg for scenes in a movie “opposite so-and-so” after two Oscar nominations is all you need to know about what it’s like to be Black in Hollywood.
12:40 pm • 15 September 2014 •
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LAPD detains Black woman for prostitution after kissing her white husband.
White privilege is the luxury of kissing your husband in public without being handcuffed by the LAPD for being a prostitute.
Daniele Watts, an African-American actress who has starred in Hollywood films such as Django Unchained, has claimed she was “handcuffed and detained” by Los Angeles police officers after being mistaken for a prostitute.
Two police officers approached Watts and her white husband Brian James Lucas when they were seen showing affection in public, the actress said in a Facebook post
Of course this white man couldn’t possibly be married to the Black woman he’s kissing. Black women are for secret trysts and sexual fetishization. It’s 2014, but if you think that perception has changed very much from the days of massa taking one of his slaves by the willow tree you haven’t been paying attention.
12:23 pm • 14 September 2014 •
John Crawford’s “concerned citizen” admits he lied.
So he should go to jail.
John Crawford is dead because ONE paranoid white man and his wife decided he was a threat to public safety and called 911. The story he originally gave police is falling apart because — SURPRISE! —- there are security cameras, so now he’s changed his tune.
12:20 pm • 11 September 2014 •
Wear whatever you want.
Respectability politics can stay from round me because a belt and “properly-fitting” slacks won’t save you from police harassment. Martin Luther King wasn’t sagging his jeans. I was stopped by the NYPD wearing khaki pants. Charles Belk has an Emmy and, from the looks of it, loafers & slacks.
Didn’t stop the Beverly Hills PD from handcuffing him because he “fit the description.” Being Black negates any article of clothing you can put on. If sagging your jeans makes you happy, then sag your jeans. Y’all can miss me with that “raise your image” mess.
When white guys get shot I don’t see anyone asking “well what was he wearing.” A short skirt doesn’t mean you want to be sexually assaulted and exposed boxer shorts doesn’t mean you want to be arrested. Social groups at the mercy of the power structure will be persecuted and accosted regardless of their attire, so don’t expect me to walk around in a suit as if that will fix society’s ills while Bubba an Nem can walk around in whatever they want with their white skin as their only article of “respectable” attire.
(See also: The History of Sagging via NPR)
9:58 am • 11 September 2014 •