TW: Discussions of Transmisogyny, Racism and The Trans-Atlantic Genocide
I look up to laverne cox so hard
I always love re-blogging Laverne Cox. Not only because of her eloquence, intelligence, kindness, and beauty, but also because her voice might be one of the most important in the fight against hatred in the U.S.A. today. What she has to say is crucial to the growth, peace, prosperity, and freedom of all of us. If you have the time, please watch this video.
everyone needs to take seven minutes and watch this.
This is really important. Watch it.
Laverne Cox being excellent as always…
but. I wanna take issue with that comment above.
"What she has to say is crucial to the growth, peace, prosperity, and freedom of all of us"
from what i can tell about the person who wrote this, she is white.
which means this statement is a problem.
while it is true if a vague, abstract way that what Cox is saying in this video will impact the freedom of all people (by virtue that helping the least advantaged is a net benefit to the whole of humanity).
listen to the story she tells. listen to the historical connections she makes. the sociological connections.
if your interpretation of what this video is about and what it does doesn’t fundamentally centre who Cox is actually talking about (Black trans women first and twoc in general second), you’ve really really missed the point.
bringing up the connection to the street harassment she (and other Black trans women experience from Black people) to the Atlantic Slave Trade… unless this is you, this isn’t about you.
discussing the high rates of violence for trans women of colour and noting how childhood bullying often targets gender
erasing the specificity of what she is talking about, the specific intersections of identity and agency and the people who exist at this place in order to make a point about how she matters for ~humanity~
is another example of how anti-Blackness operates to make the ideas of Black thinkers common property
it is replicating the same structural and intellectual exploitation that non-Black people have been doing with important and visionary thinkers like Laverne Cox
we (non-Black ppl) need to be more careful about how we engage ridiculously awesome people like Cox.
There is also an element here of, “wow so articulate such surprise” that happens. Like, yes Laverne is everything. But even if she wasn’t, she would still be laying down important truths but folks wouldn’t listen. She, and other Black trans women, need to be extra polished if anyone is gonna take them seriously and that’s a problem.
reblogging for biyuti’s comments.