(TRIGGER WARNING: EXTREME TRANSPHOBIA / TRANSMISOGYNY / THREATS OF VIOLENCE)
so so so fox news deiced to run an article about how medicare/medicaid are considering covering trans* surgeries.
as you would probably expect, the comments are a shitstorm.
some choice quotes:
in reference to a commenter suggesting that the government should just send “them” to California, someone posted “we are full up. we are going to start butchering em up for dog food next week”
“This is disgusting, sick, and abomination”
“The only cure for gender identity disorder is a bullet between the eyes”
Handing an American woman an M16 with the guideline, “Yo, shoot that suspicious-looking brown man” isn’t feminism. It isn’t empowerment. If your “feminism” is about co-opting the same patriarchy’s imperial wars, jingoism and ultra-nationalism, I don’t need it. Step aside.
Philadelphia police are searching for information on the death of a 27-year-old transgender woman found shot in the head in the Northeast last week.
The victim, known to friends as Kyra Kruz, was well-known in the city’s gay community, said Gloria Casarez, director of the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs.
“She was a visible, friendly presence,” Casarez said. “This has been surprising and upsetting to all of us.”
Police found Kruz’s body about 5 a.m. Sept. 3 in a wooded area off the 1100 block of Adams Avenue, in the city’s Frankford section. Before the slaying, Kruz had bought food and drinks from a Wawa on Castor Avenue, about a half-mile from the crime scene, police said. Noarrests have been made.
Friends are planning a candlelight vigil Thursday at 8 p.m. at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 13th and Spruce Streets.
Kruz, formerly known as Kris Herold, grew up in Hatfield, said a childhood friend, Amanda Cerini. Raised primarily by a single mother, Kruz moved to Philadelphia after high school. Though she went by Kruz for years, she recently had her last name legally changed to Cordova, Casarez said.
Kruz worked for about a year at the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative, a nonprofit group that focuses on HIV/AIDS outreach. Elicia Gonzales, the executive director, said Kruz turned up one day in 2010, wanting to know what she could do to help. She was initially stationed at the front desk, but later got a job counseling clients.
“She just immediately made the office light up,” Gonzales said. “She didn’t think of it as her job. It was her life’s calling to give back to the community.”
Kruz was also active in gay-pride events, for which she sometimes designed costumes and choreographed performance routines. Friends said she also sang in clubs.
Kruz was private about her personal life, and friends said she always had a positive attitude. But several said that Kruz had struggled in the past with drug use, and that at times her demons threatened to catch up with her.
“She always tried to find stability. She was always looking for a better job,” said Jaci Adams, a community activist and advocate for gay rights. “Kyra hit some bumps and bruises in life, but she never lost hope.”
Police have asked anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 215-686-3334.
Let me ask you, because I’m pretty sure this is true.
You associate that kind of senseless and lawless violence with POC, correct? And not just any POC but Latinos and Blacks in particular, especially the latter.
And when you think of these strawmen Latino and Blacks who are so irrevocably violent and set on shooting up the place, you thin of one place: the inner city.
So you pack up your precious white babies and you move out of the city into the suburbs. There, you establish a faux-utopian community where your children are safe and sound from these violent brown people deadset on hurting you.
But then something like this happens, and the perp is—SURPRISE!—a fellow white person like yourself. Same neighborhood, went to the same schools as your precious babies (whose lives hopefully were not lost in the slaughter), was presumably just another good white citizen in your little utopia of Starbucks coffee, strollers, and soccer games.
Oh how, how, HOW could this be? You had taken all the necessary precautions to shield your family from this violence which in your mind could only come from those heathen brown people in the littered inner city streets.
But no, it was the quiet white man from down the street…maybe even next door.
Now look back at every school shooting incident that has made headlines in the last twenty years…starting with Columbine. What have you noticed?
The killers are usually always white and male.
The schools are almost always white.
The setting is almost always in sleepy, white suburbia.
But somehow brown people are to blame for senseless violence?
Are you that afraid to admit that maybe you’re just a racist and would rather point to every other reason in the book (mental illness, gun control, troubled past) to cope with the fact that maybe your white neighbors aren’t all law-abiding citizens set on sharing in your stupid fantasy of a colorless community.
I’ll tell you the reason I’m not surprised this happened in a sleepy white suburban town.
Most of y’all are fucking crazy ass sociopaths.
White folks have a lot less to lose doing shit like this than Black folks do. The system (judicial, political, social, etc) works in your favor. You go and shoot up a school? You’ll get everything but a medal for being a brave and troubled soul, while your victims will essentially be regulated to collateral damage in your battle to overcome your personal demons (which no one sees how fucked up it is to try and justify mass murder with this way of thinking).
If a Black man goes on a killing spree? He will be demonized and crucified as a murderer and be labeled as every ugly and vile thing in the book and the victims will be forgotten. And that’s if they even let it stay in the news that long.
So tell me again how it surprised you that yet another school shooting happened in yet another suburbian town?
The entire point of the post was to provoke the same type of anger POC feel when we are told essentially that we should not exist.
It was meant to evoke rage and hair-tearing fury because that’s only a drop in the bucket of how we feel every time society, media, and the world categorizes us in these stereotypical ways, every time white folks feed into that categorizing by making us the token Black friend, or little microaggressions that you can’t see because you have the privilege of being able to ignore the oppression that you unwittingly perpetuate around you.
The entire point of that post was to splash ice water on your consciousness and ge you thinking that maybe society is more fucked up than you originally thought, and that maybe before worrying about what goes on outside the U.S. that maybe the front stoop of the country isn’t as clean as you thought because you’ve conveniently stepped around the problematic shit I and other POC have to face on a daily basis.
So get angry. That’s good. But also be willing to go and educate yourself and listen to what POC are saying so you can understand the point better.
- said by the OP in a follow-up to this post
articles i’ve found relevant in the last 36 hours since hearing of the shooting:
- Violence and mental illness: an overview (June 2003)
- Why Most Mass Murderers Are Privileged White Men (July 2012)
- School Shootings and White Denial (March 2001)
- Capitalism and Mental Health (audio; June 2012)
- International Socialism: Marxism and disability (January 2011)
This has probably been said many times before, but this is the first time I’ve seen it said, and i hit me like a brick in the face because it’s so simple. Yes. I will remember this when trying to explain this difficult topic to menfolk and people not on tumblr.
Sometimes I have the time and patience to get from an idea to a fully fleshed-out, penciled, inked and coloured comic.
Sometimes I don’t.
I like this, but I don’t really like what it’s implying with “I get catcalled on the streets, even when I’m wearing jeans and a hoodie.”
Harassment is harassment, don’t start to victim-blame.
A slide from anthropology class that I found quite powerful.
Shocking and disgusting.
Sadly, Undercover Nun is not surprised. Combine it with white vs. non-white, and you’ll have a horrible indictment of the US. May God have mercy on our souls.
P.S. Did you know that the most dangerous period in a woman’s life, the time when she’s most at risk of being murdered, is while she is pregnant?
And my parents tell me feminism is pointless.
…Or imagine a 19-year-old girl being dropped off at an acquaintance’s home by a taxi on a Sunday night and finding three men on the lawn waiting for her. Imagine them kidnapping, torturing, decapitating, dismembering and burning her alive for sport, as young, raucous boys would to a Barbie doll. Imagine them chucking her torso on the side of a highway, with absolutely no regret or sense of immorality. Imagine being the mother called into the morgue to identify a defiled torso as your daughter. Swallow that bitter pill of reality and tell me that marriage is the most important issue for the LGBT community in . For several in the transgender community, it might as well be 1969 all over again, because nothing has changed for them…
19 year old transman violently attacked for being trans
19-year-old transman, James Alexander, was violently attacked for being trans yesterday morning while going for a walk in his neighborhood. To get to his destination, he had to walk past the house of a girl he was once interested in who had turned him down in the past (saying that “she can’t be with him because he’s not a real man” and that “she’d consider him IF he had a penis.”, and also calling him a “faggot”.), but he didn’t think anything of it, as he’s lived in the area for three years. He certainly wasn’t expecting what was to come.
As he walked past the house of the girl, she came out, and told him she wanted to talk to him. James stopped, to be polite, and because he figured he’d let her say what she needed to say. She asked him if he is a man, to which he said “Yes.”. She then told him to prove he’s a man. He told her off, and began to walk away. As he was walking away, he felt someone grab the back of his shirt. The person spun him around to face them, and he discovered that it was the girls six-foot-five, 25-year-old boyfriend, Mark. Mark yelled in his face and also told him to prove he was a guy. James told him to back off, and shoved him away. Both the girl and Mark called James a “faggot”, and he began to cry. The two of them then proceeded to make fun of James for crying, saying “Oh look, the little girl is crying”. James started to walk away again, as Mark approached him and punched him in the face, right in the eye.. and continued hitting him repeatedly, while laughing, because James was crying.
James, who is significantly smaller than Mark, at five-foot-eight, and is not a violent person at all, defended himself as best he could, and got away.. but not before he sustained injuries to his face and hand, as well as psychological trauma.
James’ mother called the police, and also had him take photos of his injuries.. but it would seem that Mark is not going to be charged, after all. James explains, “It’s his word against mine. He has his mom, his girl, and three other people saying he didn’t do anything.. so even though I have a broken face and can’t physically stop crying or shaking, he is just getting a warning. I’m pressing charges, but he won’t be arrested. Just told to go to court on a certain day I guess.”
The bottom line is that he was attacked for a specific reason; for being trans. That qualifies what happened to him as a hate crime. This was a violent transphobic attack, and the guy who did this to this 19 year old transman, needs to be charged and convicted accordingly. It’s unfortunate that they won’t arrest Mark.. but I do hope that once this goes to court, he’s punished. He shouldn’t be able to just get away with this. Too many times has an incident like this happened, and the attacker gone free. It’s time we (transgender individuals) started being taken seriously when things like this happen to us.
If anyone who is reading this knows of any resources that could help James to ensure his attacker is convicted (legal counsel for trans people, etc), he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you’re a journalist who would like to write about this, I encourage you to do so, as increasing awareness about this incident is very important. There needs to be a huge public outcry about this. This boy needs all the support he can get. Then, maybe something will be done.
Once again, James can be contacted at email@example.com.
what the fuck
[photo: picture of a u.s soldier holding the red, white, and blue u.s flag upside down so that the stars and blue are in the bottom right corner. there is writing on the white stripes that read, “there is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”]
what the fuck?
(watch this, even if only the first minute or two.)