Black Trans Lives Matter



Have you gone to? Protests? Recently if you have. What have you seen I have not gone this year for a couple of reasons covid. I personally am very uncomfortable. Going out in the midst of the crisis. I don't WanNa. Be Quite honestly black and sick and Trans in a hospital with Kobe. I? Just don't want to put myself in that position. That's not wise. It's not a wise thing to do given the hostility of our medical system to transpeople given the hostility of our medical system to black people. It's just not a good trick. And for that same reason, being black and trends, and by chance woman. I don't want to have an experience with the cars for will state. That is to say that I don't want to have. Anything to do with. The the cars roll system because of its harsh, disproportionate and unfair and dehumanizing treatment of Trans People. I think thirdly you know there's a real question that I've been wrestling with that I wrote about recently. in a much larger sense of whether or not Black Trans Women in particular should show up. In this moment, shouting black lives matter when in so many ways we understand that within the black community. Our lives are treated as if they don't matter. And as if they're undisposable. And there are so many ways in which the grief and the frustration and the sheer rage that people feel. which people feeling now around the death of George Foy which are totally fair know. I felt last year when there was a string of murders of Black Trans Women, last June and into July in particular, they started in May. and it was a really dark painful time, and I remember going to protest at that time for those women who died and were murdered and wondering where everybody else was. And, so I kind of feel that everybody else gets shop in this moment, right that there really valid reasons why, as a by transforming I am not out on the street and is very valid. There's so many other people that are showing up in this moment which I wholeheartedly support. Yeah, when and part of what you wrote about in that piece that you're referencing is This video that emerged of the Trans woman named IANNA DR being attacked convenience store by a group of black men I guess the first question is were? Where were you when you first saw the video? And what was your reaction was at home. I was at home and I. Think i. read the description of what happened. And then I saw maybe five or seven I didn't see very much of it because. It's really hard to watch what I saw shocks me, and then I learned a little bit more on just through some things on my feet that it was in Minneapolis. And that really struck me. Write that on the first day of pride. Month was the day that she was beaten. Minneapolis Saint Paul. Where those very same people are out in the streets, have been out in the streets or are supportive of people on the streets, demanding black lives matter demanding that they be seen as human beings. could engage in amassed humanization of someone else. Who is back at the time without a second thought was. Deeply, enraging to me. Deeply, fattening and terribly shocking. And when I decided that I wanted to write something about it. I went online and I actually found the entire. There's an entire twenty minute clip of the entire. Affair as it were, and there was a carnival like fear before they decided to beat her up, they actually had cornered her essentially in the convenience store, and like literally a carnival atmosphere, both inside the convenience store in the parking lot after they were done taunting her for twenty minutes and like. There was something about it and that moment where she was not treated as a human being. And that really got to me. You wrote in your piece that. Recounting xactly, what happened to Yana in the video is important. And allow discussion about how much should describe violent incidents like these where it can be triggering for people. So. I guess my question is. Why do you think it's important to really talk about what happened in detail? I think the part of the video that often gets displayed is the last part of. The beating rights of the beating actually starts in the back of the store, and then they can move in a semi circle to the front, and that front part where she's bent over and people are are on her is what's been getting played online, but the entire thing that leads up to that I think underscores the depravity of the entire event, and that depravity is really important to understand because it underscores the way in which. Black Trans. People are seen. and. We collectively as people right as humans have to reckon with that depravity. We have to see it. We have to acknowledge it, and we had to ask really hard questions of ourselves about how and why and we can't prioritize the death of black men, and at the same time ignore an even encourage the death of black. Trans Women and somehow believe that we're going to build a just society for everyone yeah. I. Mean You know we're? We're in this sort of extraordinary moment. Where more people than ever are open to the conversation about police brutality against black people and also just general inequality that exists for black people in this country What do you think the barriers are to making sure that violence against Trans Women of Color is included in that conversation. Yeah, I think the barrier is people saying human beings rather than freaks or objects of entertainment or

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