“I had always been an angry child and I always tried to find fault with the real world. I think becoming an activist was just a natural development from that.
The activist has advocated for Atlanta’s trans community for over 25 years — and she won’t be letting up any time soon.
Rogers created a neighborhood that was united by values and seemingly impervious to racial animus and urban crisis, a neighborhood that fit better in his imaginary world than in the one inhabited by the millions of Americans who tuned in.
People pouring into the streets, crying publicly at award shows and TV interviews, showed me that I didn’t need to cry in the closet or the bathroom. That there was nothing to be ashamed of.
America already has a dark history of state-sanctioned violence on Black and brown bodies for medical experimentation, particularly on those living in poverty and under government control. And we stood as idly by then as we do now.
“Miss Major is not your token. You need a token? Well, go to the subway and buy one and get on a fucking bus.”
The statement T-shirt for, by, and about black folks seems to be having a renaissance.
Wilson wrote a few pieces that were remarkable in their early focus on Black people in a region that was, then and now, more diverse than contemporary stories of its white poverty and Trumpian politics imagine.
They were part of a civil rights movement with broad aims and an economic justice focus that has gone less valorized in history than lunch-counter activism and voting rights crusades.
Grandma Daniels rejected the idea that women should get less of anything: whether education, respect, or protein.