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“Cis folks of the Movement 4 Black Lives, the larger queer movement, and the feminist movement have long failed Black trans people. It's time for a reckoning on your collective silence and inaction.
What will it take for y’all to hear us? Do you really read these posts, read these articles, hear our pleas, hear our speeches, and feel nothing?
I believe the #BlackTransMovement
has said in nearly every way that the communities we share with y’all need transformation and that we can’t do it alone. I’ve been saying over and over again lately what does it mean to defund and abolish police when we’d still end up harmed. A fight against state violence is only scratching the surface. You act as if you’ll get to what’s happening to us one day, but our lives can’t wait! And the thing is, the same transphobia that fuels your inaction, your silence, is the same transphobia that brutally attacks us. It’s a spectrum of violence.
And the murders of our sisters, brothers, and siblings is just one, albeit the most deadly, type of violence. There's the violence for many of us of continually being told we aren't enough. We aren't the right children for our parents. We aren't the right peers for the bullies on the playground. We aren't the right students for our schools. We aren't the right lovers for are partners. We aren't the right employees for our workplaces. We aren't the right activists for our communities. And damn it, we aren't even the right victims for our movements to fight for.
Imagine the luxury of only caring about the lives of cis folks, cis men. Imagine the luxury of only mourning the deaths that happen for cis folks, cis men. We mourn for you, do you mourn for us? We cry for you, do you cry for us? We rally for you, do you rally for us? We imagine better for you, do you imagine better for us? Here’s another morning, after another long night of wondering, “What will it take for y’all to hear us?” #BlackTransLivesMatter #BlackTransPower