Tamara Jones, Brooklyn Nets, United States discussed on Marketplace
This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Elsa Chang and I'm Audie Cornish. This week, Sarah McBride was sworn into the Delaware State Senate, making her the highest ranking transgender politician in the country. Even as their profile rises in politics and on screen trans people continue to be the target of violence. The human rights campaign says. At least 44 transgender or non binary people were killed in the U. S last year, leading some to wonder does increase visibility really help to protect the lives of transgender people? Put that question to Morrow Bean. He's a professor at McAllister College in Minnesota and co host of the podcast transcripts. This sort of strategy of visibility like if we just have more trans people on TV. Folks recognize that? Not only is that not working, it's actually putting the most marginalized trans folks in more danger, right? So it might help me keep my job as a university professor. But it's not helping broke transference of color, and in fact, actually, it's making them more vulnerable. The police are more likely to identify them. But the journalist Tamara Jones, sees the issue of visibility through a different lens. I don't necessarily believe that visibility places somewhere risk. I believe that we're already at risk, and it's extreme. I think that the visibility over time in the right way will make us less that risk. I asked Jones to explain why she sees visibility as a good thing and specifically. Whether pop culture plays a special role in bringing about social change. Absolutely the reason why is because we're only 1% of the population, and that means that nine out of 10 people in United States say that they don't personally know someone who's trance. That means that the way that people can get to know us in a way that centers are humanity, which I believe lessens the likelihood of violence and discrimination and marginalization. Is through culture. I know from reading history that trans people were marginalized and brutalized and Killed before representation came to the fourth. What representation has made possible in the last year is that we had a presidential candidate. Commit to our equality. We've had a presidential candidate commit to lowering the murders of trans people, specifically black trans women, and we have many candidates do that, and that would not be possible without representation. I want to jump in here because you mentioned politics and there's been, you know, a slight increase in the number of trans elected officials in state legislatures rights with the state level. Is this sort of representation. Path to concrete policies that could stem violence against trans people. Or is it even fair for me to ask this question right to demand these politicians be the ones who be the source. Of policies or legislations to curb this problem. We know that the securing of equality in the United States is a combination of legal, cultural and social, which worked together to thin shift people's ability to be able to be human. And that is earning. What everyone else does too have the same jobs on and on, and I, therefore these politicians and the laws that they are advocating, for, or the bad laws that they're stopping. Happen. Are essential for our rights. Now. That doesn't mean that on Lee legal means are going to secure, actually quality. It's much larger than that. I think that one of the amazing things about being trans is that we get to see beyond binaries. Right. We get to go beyond false choices of black and white and allows us to be able to see all of the things and how they work together and what it means for us to be fully ourselves. And that's Only our society and we need to be thinking about Jesus and Ian and not either or what sort of policies are you hoping to see out of the Biden administration that could help the community? I mean, one we have to Have trance people at every single department who know about all the ways in which federal government has been weaponized against trans people or the last four years to be they're involved in those policies. I believe that those people have to be grouped in the White House Coordinating Committee to be able to tackle those issues. And I think that we need to have AH Justice Department that takes the murders of a seriously and communicate that to police departments across the country. The last thing we need to do that we need to stop the anti trans bills that are in over nearly half of that state legislatures that are going to come up next year. Regardless of who's in the White House. Amara Jones journalists and the founder of Trans Lash Media. Thank you for sharing this with me. Thank you so much for having me. The Brooklyn Nets, dreams for an NBA championship may have become more attainable, thanks to a major trade that sent their way. One of the game's best players, James Harden, The news is tempered, though, by troubling questions facing the league to do with the coronavirus, NPR's Tom Goldman reports. When this season began, the Brooklyn Nets were considered an MBA title contender. They had superstar forward Kevin Durant and superstar guard Kyrie Irving back from last season's injuries and a talented supporting cast And then, in the words of a veteran NBA writer. The Nets became a paper champion.