Laverne Cox, speaking at the University of Kentucky (via so-nyeo-shi-daze)
This quote is from her book Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. This is…so important. Black trans women/trans women of colour face a level of marginalization that most people—even cis Black women/cis women of colour—do not readily experience. Yet, here she is discussing how even in that marginalized space, there is privilege assigned to her appearance, intellect etc. (It’s not a coincidence that Janet, Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera are incredibly beautiful in the public eye even as they face racism and transmisogyny in the public eye. This is because of cis people’s cissexism and desiring "passing" to be palatable versus being who they are, as Janet has discussed before.) And this is then used to presume that Black trans women/trans women of colour no longer have struggle. This is why exceptionalism is dangerous. Bootstrap theory won’t help. And cis people (and I am one of them, a cis Black woman) praising “respectability” for Black trans women/trans women of colour (H/T blackfoxx) does not help. It can oppress.
Oh and there’s (trans)misogynoir too. Expecting Laverne or Janet to not be “Angry Black Women” and be “calm” when people are degrading their humanity, and then “praising” them for the calm? Yeah…uh no. White people, including White trans people (who still have White privilege) need to stop that. Every time I hear the phrase "oh…so much grace" I hear "they didn’t scare the Whites!" Anger about dehumanization is okay and just as empowering.
"we’re all human!"
yeah except you never had to fight for your humanity
"we all bleed red!"
yeah except it’s not your blood running in the streets
"we should all be just nice to each other!"
yeah except you’re not holding up your end of the bargain
robots running on very low charge acting a lot like sleepy humans
tired stubborn cranky robots insisting that they’re fine despite their low battery alert going off
robots suddenly trailing off and automatically entering sleep mode mid-sentence when they absolutely cannot resist any longer (∪‿∪✿)
the non binary petition has only like jjust over 2 weeks and only has nearly 22,000 signs, but i dont think people realize that 22,00 is not enough and we need to get to 100,000 immediately
you are being depended on to sign this to help non binary peole and give them basic rights
cmon do it
here is a link to the petition, please please please sign/signal boost!
if you aren’t in the US use the zip code 66604 - 66614!
72,787 signatures needed still