When people who are not Black women and femmes continue to ignore this type of violence, they are perpetuating the notion that Black women and femmes’ safety, wellbeing, and existence isn’t valued.
Nia Green is a 16-year-old girl whose mother beat her after finding pictures on Facebook of the teen and her boyfriend wearing only towels. The beating was livestreamed to Facebook and went viral. This is an open letter dedicated to her, from one Black girl to another.
To be clear, Black-only space is itself acceptable, and there’s a difference between Black people choosing to come together and white people systematically excluding others from their institutions and definitions of humanity.
The singular queer and trans deaths we have known over the years have been like daggers, but this was an explosion and my heart weeps for you and for myself.
The first step for me was being honest about the traumas that I’d experienced, not only with myself, but with my partner and trusted friends.
It’s hard not to feel hopeless when thinking about the countless others around the world who are experiencing deep and murderous oppression while also living in our own oppression at the same time.
The gun-toting man had a wide-shouldered build and was probably shorter than me once he took off his combat boots. Looking back, I probably could have taken him on in a fair fight. Lord knows, I’ve fought men bigger than him before.
Within days, Ferguson, and along with it Black-American hearts and minds everywhere, seemed to implode. I know mine did.
While lupus is a notoriously difficult diagnosis, there is quite a bit of evidence that women are generally taken less seriously, and even treated with suspicion, when they show up in the emergency room with pain as a primary symptom.