Can We Just Not With Racist Bullshit In The Trans Community?

10 Feb

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I don’t have many mottos, but one I do is “If you have the gall to point at a QPOC/TPOC as ‘whats wrong with ____ movement’ I’m gonna say you’re full of shit”.

There’s been an ever-flowing river of bullshit repercussion regarding Janet Mock’s recent interviews with Pierce Morgan and Laverne Cox’s interview with Katie Couric. A lot of cis folks throwing their hands in the air and either saying “gawrsh why are you people so complex who knew” or whining about allies being unappreciated enough. Transphobic assclowns doubling down. Dipshits accusing Janet Mock of “just trying to sell books” as if that’s a completely fucking alien concept of what A WOMAN DOING AN INTERVIEW ON A BOOK TOUR would do. Just completely ridiculous fuckery from every angle.

But perhaps my least favorite of all is this is racist shit I’m seeing from other white trans folks that seem so fucking incensed that trans women of color are finally getting some mainstream attention. The statuses above are each from married trans couple Mark and Jessica Cummings, hosts of the unimaginatively-titled radio show Transition Radio. The pair first came to my attention over their defense of Buck Angel’s scammy scam scam pyramid scheme scam, the lively ensuing conversation earning him a place in this website’s Rogue’s Gallery. And his wife is easily as problematic if not worse. In just the few experiences I’ve observed them, they compulsively misgender anyone that disagrees with them, are obsessed with passing and all the gross cultural baggage involved with that, and are all about privilege denial (class privilege, white privilege, etc). Kinda sad really, considering the wasted potential of an outspoken pair like this putting themselves out there with the absolute worst opinions about everything.

In the past day or so, however, the two seem to be competing to see how close they can get to filling out a White Privilege Bingo card. racist2

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^Lemme just take a break here to really dig in to the above commentary. Cause like, you’ll see white trans folks talk all the time about how often we’re being killed, but let’s get real it’s TRANS WOMEN OF COLOR getting killed primarily. Many of us will be on the receiving end of violence (I myself have been physically assaulted twice and sexually assaulted once in just the past six months) but I know better than to try to own the particular risks of being both trans and non-white. I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts this pair will continue to make claims of us “all experiencing the same oppression” and “all dying over this” even as Mark here is willing to write off the actual occurrences with some cynical callous-ass racist “black-on-black” commentary when confronted with it.

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He then proceeded to post right-wing bullshit articles about supposedly “racist” black people:

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Until culminating on literally posting “Bleed Red” by the other guy from Brooks & Dunn

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Seriously tho, I’ve never understood privilege-denying trans folks. My lifelong struggle over my gender identity/sexual orientation instilled much of the empathy within me towards others that struggle and the desire to understand and learn how to best advocate for them without stepping over them. Growing up as a poor redneck in rural Texas, who knows what I have turned out like had I not spent most of my existence with a question mark over my head. One can watch me develop and mature in these attitudes towards social justice ever since the days of Why I’m Not An Artist, and even before. My political leaning and my identity are fairly intertwined.

Am I surprised to see outspoken trans folks/activists that have the fundamental politics of FOX NEWS? Not really. Is it a bummer? Totally.

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33 Responses to “Can We Just Not With Racist Bullshit In The Trans Community?”

  1. David Russell February 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    I’ll bet when these two Faux News wannabes aren’t hating on queer and trans* POCs for being too uppity, they spend their time telling trans* people in general that they’re not living their lives the “right” way. Of course, “right” means the way the Cummings duo approves of

  2. Maxine Al Rashi February 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    These are actual neo-nazi rhetorics http://i.imgur.com/BT1rwuy.jpg

    • destroyedforcomfort February 11, 2014 at 3:11 am #

      Yeah, a lot of it pushes well past run-of-the-mill social conservative ignorance into outright contempt for people of color.

      • Anonymous February 28, 2014 at 12:45 am #

        wow 4 whole comments. So glad that you think you have us figured out. I love how people take words out of context. I know who I am and I could careless what you think of us. Oh by the way who is Jen? The name is Jessica. Don’t be jealous cause we are beautiful and successful. PS we don’t do fox, not political at all. Just think that Janet Sucked and frankly I can stand delusional trannies. Born a baby not a boy, really what a kook. I am Cuban can’t neo nazi morons. Can you spell Narcissistic? Where do you nut jobs come from, do you have anything better to do.

      • destroyedforcomfort March 1, 2014 at 2:42 am #

        Fixed the part where I got Jessica’s name wrong. Sorry about that.

      • Laurelai March 2, 2014 at 12:58 am #

        Wow, these people are complete wastes of space.

      • nikaplatypus March 2, 2014 at 1:23 am #

        You are a hateful little person who has internalized so much of some of the worst toxic shit that society has to offer that you vomit it back up in your posts and comments. It isn’t even amusing. I don’t care if you’re referring to Janet or Rani, calling either one of them a tr*nny is transmisogynistic. It’s hate speech. Fuck your beauty-standard upholding patriarchical ullshit, too. Rani is a hell off a lot more attractive than you or your hate-spewing wife. We don’t envy you, we pity you. If such feelings existed , they would be envy, not jealousy. Can’t you even get the difference right?

      • nikaplatypus March 2, 2014 at 1:33 am #

        Oh, and your success, Mark? It’s easy to succeed when you side with and become an oppressor.

  3. Truth of Friction February 28, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Caring about victims of transwomen of colour only at the suspense of all the other victims of (hate) crimes in the world is a brand of favoritism. Insisting a white trans privilege bingo game, is not only lame and childish, but can’t be played without resorting to dishonest tactics. Just because one doesn’t pay more attention of care to one campaign, doesn’t me it’s actively denied in existence. Criticizing a celebrity on her behaviour and words is not the same as racism. But we understand how her pious fanbase gets so butthurt all the time when a holy book isn’t purchased on demand. You want us to care about victims who’ve fallen in the transwomen of colour movement? Stop being such an aggressive dogma selling cunt. Victims are all over the world. We do care. You just don’t see it. Call me racists for not caring about your butthurt pride. Call me privileged but keep in mind you have internet access which is a luxury. So you too have a privilege. Think about that one, cunt.

    • destroyedforcomfort March 1, 2014 at 2:45 am #

      I’m quite aware that as a white trans woman I have many privileges over trans women of color. It’d be nice if more white trans women shared that view.

      • Truth of Friction March 1, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

        It would also be nice if there is less black panther pride and less anti-white hate. The moment that the aggressive fans of the Transwomen of Colour movement stop their silly wars with name calling and calling us white-trash, that’s the moment I may start to take a look at the idea of white-trans-privilege. Until then, I feel more of a duty to help in the human rights campaing in fighting the problems that the LGBT has to face in Russia, and in Russia it doesn’t matter what skin colour you have. Once you are LGTB, torture camps await you and there is nothing the police wants to do about it. People in this world have more access to cellphones and internet than they have to clean water and health care. You might want to think about that instead of wasting time on photoshopping silly bingo games that make no sense.

      • destroyedforcomfort March 2, 2014 at 12:19 am #

        I dunno, most white people that get slagged on deserve it as far as I can see. And I honestly don’t care about being called “white trash”. I grew up in very small-town Texas; hell, I’ll be the first to call *myself* white trash.

        Interesting you bring up Russia, interesting how the mostly-white mainstream LGBT movement is making a big deal about Russia now when Uganda has been pushing for the death penalty for homosexuality for years largely based on pressure from American religious organizations.

        But yeah, because now *white* LGBT folks on the other side of the planet are facing oppression it’s suddenly an international event. Um, okay.

    • nikaplatypus March 2, 2014 at 1:37 am #

      It’s called intersectionality. It is not favoritism of one group over another. That’s what you’re doing favoring white and white passing trans people over TPOC. It has a special name: racism.

      • markangelo64 March 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

        Yeah more attractive lol, keep dreaming. I love the way trans individuals try to shut peoples opinion by name calling and attempting to rediucle. I made a comment on my face book page and it was taken out of context then Randi here decided to jump on the ban wagon and write about us behind our backs. Listen there is no more racist than the TWOC themselves. But you guys are too stupid to see it. We don’t need your pitty, We are living our life as we wish and enjoying it fully, more than I can say for many of you.

      • destroyedforcomfort March 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

        “Randi”? lol

        Also there is no such thing as racism against white people, bro.

      • markangelo64 March 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

        Yeah because they say so. Dont kid. Yourself they are the biggest racist of all.

  4. Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    They are smarter than you think, playing the victims, collecting money, getting all the state jobs, my tax dollars pay for their handouts. I am sick and tired of their BS, and always playing the violin of life. Color is no excuse now a days. Heck sports, music and now politics, please they have it better than most of us. Driving great cars, but still collecting food stamps, while texting on their Iphones. Stop being brain washed and realized that the first chance they get, you will be their enemy.They only care about themselves.

    • nikaplatypus March 2, 2014 at 1:25 am #

      Your white hood is showing.

      • markangelo64 March 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

        Nikaplatypus I am cuban you moron, and have black in me, so no white hood or racism here. Just calling it as I see it. But its easy to shut people up or try to by calling the racist card. I speak my mind and have no problem doing it and can wipe my ass with what you have to say.

    • destroyedforcomfort March 2, 2014 at 1:53 am #

      It’s kind of funny when you from being kinda racist to pretty much actually racist, bro.

      Where in the world did you get your understanding of non-white culture, my dad?

      • danah gaz June 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

        Wow, these two are parodies of actual human beings.

      • destroyedforcomfort June 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

        Yeah they’re pretty ridiculous.

      • Anonymous June 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

        Yeah sure, if you say so, lol. Just because we have a different view than yours, makes us ridiculous.

      • destroyedforcomfort June 16, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

        Nah, actually being ridiculous makes you ridiculous.

      • markangelo64 June 16, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

        That makes as much sense as your initial comment. But you are entitled to your opinion. We know who we are, and your opinion has no bearing on our wonderful life.

      • destroyedforcomfort June 17, 2014 at 2:13 am #

        ^Which is apparently why you are still coming back to comment on a six month old blog blog post of mine. 😉

      • Anonymous June 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

        the reason, is because I get notifications when someone replies, note June 13th someone commented “Wow, these two are parodies of actual human beings.” So I replied back. Your little blog has no merit in our lives. But when called ridiculous and parodies for humans, I do feel the need to reply to such lies.

      • destroyedforcomfort June 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

        lol if you say so

      • destroyedforcomfort June 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

        um ok whatever

  5. miriam August 2, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    so… til that latino and asian people, and “trans men and women of various other ethnic backgrounds”, aren’t poc, according to jessica… i feel like i missed a memo or something 😛

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