I can’t seem to find the original tumblr post with this image so I am posting a screen capture of it as an original post. If anyone can find the original tumblr post, send me a message and I will reblog it as well.
What Laverne is saying is very important because everyone wants to talk about inter-sectional social justice but not practice it. Just as how when Elliott went on a mass killing spree, the same people who chanted “there is no single issue because we don’t live single issue lives” made that out to only be about sexism and misogyny against cis women (which trans exclusionary feminists loved as much as they loved all the “kill all men” posts floating around) they are now making this latest police killing to be only about racial violence against cis heterosexual black men.
Do not get me wrong, cis heterosexual black men in America are victims of violence just like any other marginalized group (I know this is hard to believe for trans exclusionary feminists who believe that the foundation of all oppression is “sex based.”) but when we look at the statistics, low-income and working class trans black women face an overwhelmingly disproportionate amount of violence in relations to their population in America.
Another thing, when discussing anti-black racism, you cannot leave out gay/bisexual cis and trans black men, heterosexual cis and trans black women, lesbian/bisexual cis and trans black women, undocumented cis and trans black people, disabled het/gay/lesbian/bi cis and trans black people etc because anti-black racism affects us just as well because we are….black in America.
So you cannot discuss racism without discussing homophobia, colorism, biphobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, misogynoir, transmisogynoir, misogyny, classism, immigration status, disability, geographic location and a whole range of issues because it really is connected.
Rest in peace and power to all the black and brown victims of police and vigilante brutality in this country.
Still we rise.