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“It threatens our freedom of speech, of assembly, or association, and makes the exercise of these Freedoms a federal crime under certain conditions. Ministers, lawyers, teachers, newspapers, and every private citizen must guard his speech and watch his actions to avoid the deliberately imposed booby traps put into this bill. It is designed to make Federal crimes of our customs, beliefs, and traditions.”
That was Governor Wallace, opposing similar legislation that would protect Blacks. Same arguments then as now - only the victim group has changed.
It might take more than one re-trial. Convicting someone for beating a "Tranny" in 2010 is like convicting someone for beating a "Nigra" in 1910. There's often be one in the Jury who'll vote "Not Guilty" even with 5 witnesses and a video. Or 50 witnesses.
Nearly 1 in 3 Memphis trans women have been shot dead in the last 2 years. If this victim dies, it's close on 40%. Only 1 in 11,000 people is trans.
This is the only arrest. Duanna Johnson was shot before he could testify against the two cops who were caught on video attacking and beating her in a watchhouse.
Think about it: if ONE IN THREE of ANY other minority group had been murdered in the space of 2 years in any other US city, you think it might have been given a little publicity?
Soon the arguments about whether to give Memphis trans people equal employment tights will be moot: they'll all have been exterminated.
V-8 Power - that depends. Often the family has completely disowned the individual concerned, often throwing them out on the streets at age 14 or younger. They usually insist on a suit - if they can be bothered. Others have parents who are merely estranged, and they may want a dress for their daughter.
While people like you exist, Transsexual women will continue to be murdered at a rate 17 times the national average (compared to 3 times the average for young urban male blacks).
There's now a mountain of evidence that Transsexuality is a biological condition. Male and Female brains differ, you can see that in autopsies and fMRI scans. Transsexuals have cross-gendered neurology, quite literally male brain in female body, or the reverse. You can see that in autopsies and brain-scans too. It's just another variety of Intersex condition, where people are born a mix of male and female in their bodies.
So yes, people like Duanna *are* "freaks", as are the congenitally blind, albinos, those with spina bifida, or cleft palates.
Not as freakish as some though, those born with 5ARD or 17BHDD, who look female at birth but masculinise later. The reverse happens too, but is much rarer, only about 1% of all natural sex-changes are Male to Female.
I'm one of that tiny minority, by the way. Like Duanna, I knew I was a girl at age 10. Unlike her, I looked far too masculine - yes, even more than she did - so tried living with it. It wasn't until age 47 that my body changed, and the medics re-classified me as a severely androgenised female rather than an undervirilised male. The relief of not having to live a perverse lifestyle to conform to societal expectations, and not run the risk of violence, was indescribable.
Most people don't know we exist - it's not exactly a common topic of conversation over breakfast. Most of us are able to hide, and do so, because there are far too many people like you out there. Some not all talk, some see it as their Duty To Cleanse Society Of Subhuman Filth.
My change was particularly rapid, I got the variant where it happens over 3 months not 3 years (and is usually fatal - the human body is not set up to change that fast). I couldn't hide, not when my colleagues and co-workers could see the differences from day to day. And as I'm in far-off Australia, it's safe for me to comment about views like yours, I'm unlikely to be executed like Duanna was, with a single gunshot to the head.
To be fair, not all the US is like this. Most Law Enforcement Officers are professionals, doing a trying and dangerous job in difficult circumstances, and getting little thanks for it. I have to be careful that I don't libel some people I truly respect.
It's only some places that have the problem. Florida's far worse than Tennessee for example, and even there, some police are professional. Some counties in Texas are quite safe, but others aren't. Even a few places in California are risky.
Transgendered people have 17 times the normal rate of being murdered in the USA. That compares to just over 3 times the average for the next highest minority group, young urban black males. Few know that. Few know that what happened on that tape happens every day, somewhere in the US.
It's not just one bad cop - who has since been fired, by the way, along with the probationer. The fact that no-one intervened, or even treated it as anything unusual, shows that it's a systemic problem, "business as usual", where in this case, the video was made public, instead of being "lost".
I'm in Australia, but even here, we know what happens in certain parts of the USA. I'm an Academic, I go to scientific conferences in the US, so have to be aware of how people like me get treated in some places. It's a bit like being Black in 1920. You try to avoid the KKK areas when travelling. I'm sorry to say, but she was genuinely lucky. To survive without serious injury. Heck, to survive at all. Many don't.
By Richard Alley
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