Tweaking a famous Malcolm X quote. “The most disrespected woman in America is the Black trans woman. The most unprotected woman in America is the Black trans woman. The most neglected woman in America is the Black trans woman.”
I recently posted a comment on my Twitter and Facebook feeds on the morning of May 9 that remixed the famous Malcolm X statement about Black women by simply inserting the word 'trans' in it.
Seems that Indya Moore in the wake of me posting that Twitter and Facebook comment, posted this problematic one on her social media.
And before I get started, if you want to know who I am, Google my name, become one of my 16.5K followers on Twitter or ask your POSE producer Janet Mock.
Who I am Mx Moore in addition to being unapologetically Black and trans, is the person who has been tracking the murders of Black trans women for much of the 13 year history of my GLAAD award winning blog. That's more than half of your entire lifespan on planet Earth.
Last year there were 25 trans people killed in the US. Of those 25 people, 19 of them were Black. 18 of those 19 Black people killed were Black trans women. Only one was trans/GNC and it's still a question mark about whether Nino Fortson actually identified that way.
The reason I made that trip is because back in the 1999 and 2001 Texas legislative sessions when I was a rookie activist and this bill was proposed, trans people were cut out of it.
Trans people being cut out of human rights legislation they needed to be included in was a sad and sorry part of the 'incremental progress' legislative mantra that lesbian and gay led orgs practiced in the late 20th- early 21st century. While that's starting to change, sometimes the old habits because of internalized TBLGQ community transphobia still die hard.
But the damage that has been done to trans people because of the incremental progress strategy is real. 34 states can fire you just for being trans. We have people in the Black cis community who visit violence upon us because they believe they won't be severely punished for it.
We just had another Black trans woman shot in suburban Memphis on Thursday. Back in January in my Houston hometown, I had a Black trans woman shot at point blank range three times in broad daylight at a gas station that is a mile from the part of Houston where I live.
And don't even get me started talking about Black trans women being banned from joining Zeta Phi Beta, a Divine Nine sorority, or the anti-trans agenda of the Trump misadministration aimed squarely at trans folks that will disproportionately impact trans people of color, and especially Black trans women.
Indya, there is overwhelming evidence that what I said in the remix of Brother Malcolm's statement is undeniably true in the Black trans woman being the most disrespected, most unprotected and most marginalized woman in America|
And I will sadly always be able to pull out receipts from multiple sources to back that statement up.
While I personally reject that problematic line of thinking, it's still out there in elements of the community, and comments like the one you posted don't help that situation.
Mx Moore, you have the potential to become a leader in our community. You have a platform provided by your visibility as a breakout star on POSE to reach millions. But with that platform comes great responsibility, and one of those responsibilities is not putting out problematic social media statements that can be easily debunked.
You also as a social media influencer also have to be careful about the words you write, tweet or post
It's your call as to what evolutionary next steps you decide to take or decide what type of a leader you wish to be.
But Indya, Black trans women are exactly what I said they were in my May 9 statement, and it's up to all of us to do the work necessary to change that current paradigm. .
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