Friday, March 24, 2017
Accuracy Matters When We're Discussing Trans Murders
But we have some people in Trans World who wish to count a trans man who died as a result of a police incident as a murder when it wasn't. We also have people that wish to include folks who have committed suicides.
No to both of those, and here's why.
police domestic disturbance situation that ended with a weapon being discharged and Hake dying as a result of it. It wasn't a murder, and it's disrespectful to the memory of the eight women who have had their lives taken from us in 2017 to call it that.
Not all suicides involving trans people a result of anti-trans violence. The reasons for a person committing suicide are as varied as the person committing it and them leaving a note behind explaining why they did so. .
Accuracy matters when we're telling the story about our trans siblings murders. It's even more important to be accurate about it because the victims are predominately people of color, and we're dealing with a media that is predominately made up of cisgender white people . .
The numbers alone are horrific enough. We don't need to cast doubt on them by calling a police incident an anti-trans murder when it isn't, or claiming suicides are 'anti-trans violence'