Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Overpolicing Language? Seriously?

TransGriot Note:  I read this essay Fallon Fox posted to her Facebook page concerning the still simmering controversy over serial transphobe RuPaul's use of terms the trans community has repeatedly told him were dehumanizing to our community and his white gay male fanbase rushing to defend him. 

The predominately white gay male supporters of RuPaul are holding up any trans woman who seems to side with him as a human shield to bash the rest of us with.  

Why?  Because they are hypocritically pissed off transpeople of all ethnicities had the temerity to do what they have done for decades.  We called and are STILL calling his azz out for using the 'shemale' and 't----y' terms we find offensive to our community and LOGO listened.

LOGO pulled the offending show with the female or shemale game form their site and will no longer used the offensive words on it and elements of the white gay male community are tripping.   What part of 'the trans community will decide what words are or aren't offense to it' do you not get?  

The latest entry in that small minority of RuPaul trans defenders besides Calpernia Addams and Andrea James is Our Lady J, who recently penned an essay published in the Huffington Post that Fallon is rebutting here.

It deserves a signal boost.   And now, here's Fallon's essay.

**Warning - I'm spelling out derogatory words in this post in order to discuss an important issue.****

Is it true that Ru Paul recently complained to Amanda Byrnes use of the term 'faggot' in a tweet, stating: "Derogatory slurs are ALWAYS an outward projection of a person's own poisonous self-loathing." Just saw that online. That, and the Huffington post article by Our Lady J. I know, I'm a little late on that one.

I disagree with Our Lady J on this. 'Drag Queen' is an occupation created primarily in gay culture, in similar fashion, 'Rap artist' is an occupation created primarily by black culture.

Some people argue that 'shemale' is a harmless fun word. You ever Google the word 'shemale'? If not, then I suggest you do. See what you come up with. It's pages and pages of porn. While I like porn myself and see nothing intrinsically wrong with it, (other than the exploitation some porn entities use) - I do not appreciate the language alluding to me being a porn star or sex worker. Because that's what that word actually means.

It's that whole 'chick with a dick' derogatory language from cisgender people I've had to endure for years. No, there's nothing wrong with a woman with a penis. Nothing at all. But, that whole she-male term is wrapped around a very real history of forced sex work and porn. I say forced, because for the most part the trans women who have engaged in those occupations over the years have done so, because of lack of opportunity as trans women. It's pretty much slavery or a type of servitude in some situations. One needs the money to transition or risk losing ones sanity. One needs a job for that. But, one can't find or hold down a job in many situations if one is trans. So, where does that person go...? No other options but sex work or porn in many situations. Trans women are forced out of the openness of general society into a narrow channel that leads to sex work of some kind. And we are forced to endure the labeling of those outside of us. Labeling that seeks to never let us escape us being reduced to genitalia.

Look at the word shemale. We didn't pick this word for ourselves.
SHEMALE = "She" (female in mind ) + "male" (in the pants).

It was meant to mark trans women, and pin us down to what's in our pants pre-surgery (if we elect for it). It was derogatory.

See here:

I remember when I first stepped foot in a drag bar. It was the only safe space I could find in town that I lived. Yes, some drag queens called themselves tranny, or she-male. And they got me to do it very briefly. But, as time went on, I realized how different I was from that drag mentality. I realized that I was trans, not gay. I was offered many times to be a performer because of my potential 'passability'. However, I declined, as I also realized one important thing about myself. I was not a parody of a woman. I was not seeking to be a parody of a woman even temporarily. I wanted to embody 'woman' both inside and out at all times. And not a hyper feminized, non realistic, rigid unmalleable version of one confined to a bar in the secluded side of town either. No, an intelligent, respected woman who had 'options', and held an occupation in spaces straight cisgender people did.

One thing is for sure. If I ever see a Cuban rap artist hold a TV show, have other Cuban rap artists come on the show, then tell those rappers to pick which rap artist in ANY ethnicity or a "nigger", depending on the partial photo presented, I'm going to lose it.

I don't care if Cubans and blacks are under the same umbrella of 'people of color'. I don't care if both of us face discrimination. I wouldn't give Cubans a free pass to hold a tv show and use that harmful word at blacks expense.

Let's look at the word 'nigger'. Where did that come from? The exploitation and hatred of black people in this country. Yes, they loved the benefits they got from us when we were slaves. They marketed us as 'niggers'. I'm quite sure if slavery was still in use today, you could do a google search for 'nigger' and come up with pages of pages of people trying to sell you a 'niggers' service.

Again, where did 'she-male' come from? The exploitation and hatred of trans women in this country. Yes, they loved, and still love, the benefits they get from us as sex workers and porn stars. They market us as 'she-males'. Some of us got lucky. We found ways around this horrible servitude. But, many of us would like out. Many of us want an education. Many of us are stuck, and living similarly to newly released slaves. Some of us see no potential for escape of the framing, no potential life outside of sex work, porn, or drag and accept the term. Some just decide to embrace it. Some, (and this is very, very rare) just like the ring of it. You can find some of them online if you search. Don't worry, it's not hard. Just type in 'shemale', and observe pages and pages of entities trying to sell you a 'shemales' service.

I realize that black oppression and trans oppression are different. But, they do have very striking similarities. And as a black woman I have no problem with pointing them out. It makes sense, and is important to do so in order to attempt to fix the similar problems that plague both minority classes.

...But wait, there's more.

I ask a few questions. And they are open for anyone to answer. And you may have already thought of it.
Are black people who call themselves 'nigger' or 'nigga' (and identify as such-which is rare), similar to trans women calling themselves 'she male' or 'tranny' (and identify as such-which is rare also)?

Are black people who call themselves 'nigger' or 'nigga' (and identify as black- which is common), similar to trans women calling themselves 'shemale' or 'tranny' (and identify as trans - which is also common... Kind of)?

I think so. And how does all of that relate to the topic of Ru Paul's she-male game?

Revenge Of The Conservafools

I'm so tired of this 'Revenge Of The Conservafools' horror movie that has been playing for far too long in America's political life

Because the conservative movement is pissed off a Black president got elected in 2008 and reelected despite their millions of dollars, loud propaganda and Massive Resistance 2.0 in Congress, they are taking it out on Black people and the country.

Conservatism is a failed political philosophy, and they can't win elections without cheating. 

See them cut the social safety net! See them diss women and eviscerate a woman's right to choose! See them roll back voting rights! See them brazenly suck up to billionaires while hatin' on the poor. See them kill union organizing rights! See them refuse to raise the minimum wage while their obscene corporate profits grow.

See them lie on cable news and talk radio while doing all that shady crap. See them claim they have the support of 'The American People' while doing so.

See the horror of large numbers of stupid, racist tea bag holding bigots voting for them against their own economic interests as the 1% maniacally laughs at them from their quiet rooms.

Rated GOP

Starring John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh and Reince Priebus.

Produced and directed by the Koch Brothers.

Time for this horror movie to end.  You can make that happen by voting to throw the GOP bums out on November 4. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Attacking The 'All Transwomen Are Sex Workers' Meme

Monica JonesNow that Monica Jones has been found guilty of 'Walking While Black Trans' in Phoenix, the question that comes to my inquiring mind is what are we going to do about getting the word out about this injustice being aimed at her and frankly, all trans women of color at times?

Yes, it's easy for all of us to say that we stand with Monica Jones when this obvious injustice is being aimed at her.

But I just feel we need to do more.  I think we can start with a national, coordinated 'Walking While Trans' protest events next month before the May 28 sentencing date of Ms. Jones.  

Photo: I DO!We could have walks that lead to rallies decrying what happened to Ms Jones.  Put together a coordinated campaign that calls for an end to the 'Walking While Trans' profiling.

Since trans human rights issues are suddenly getting national and international media attention, let's use this moment to do more education about our trans lives. 

I believe we have been given another opportunity to attack and destroy another meme deployed against us that feeds into the unjust treatment being aimed at us.

It's the 'all transwomen are sex workers' meme.   

And before I get accused of pushing 'respectability politics' or attacking sex workers, let me make crystal clear that's not where I'm going with this post.  I am already quite aware of the fact that some of my trans sisters engaged in or still do engage in sex work to pay the bills.   I'm also quite aware that transphobia, racism and gender policing also play debatable levels of a role into the 'Walking While Trans' issue

What I'm focusing on in this post is attacking is the 'all transwomen are sex workers' meme that feeds into the 'Walking While Trans' harassment and arrests that are far too often aimed at transwomen of color.

In New York, the NYPD stop and frisk shenanigans were disproportionately aimed at Black and Latina trans women because in the cops minds, 'we're all potential prostitutes'    

In New Orleans trans women who are just minding their own business are routinely arrested and harassed by the city's police force on prostitution related charges.. 

The 'transwomen are sex workers' meme is also front and center in the ATL 'Queen of Mean' Peggy Denby's efforts to get a draconian law passed that would permanently banish persons convicted of a second prostitution arrest from Atlanta.  

That meme was on a drunk Kenneth Furr's mind when he propositioned a transwoman in a northwest Washington DC CVS store.  It led to an ugly incident in which he ended up firing shots from his police  service pistol at the vehicle the trans women were traveling in. 

There's also a  2012 study by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) that found transgender people across the United States experience three times as much police violence as cisgender individuals.  Not surprisingly to moi, those numbers are even higher for transgender people of color.  

Even when transgender people were the victims of hate crimes, 48 percent reported receiving mistreatment from the police when they went for help.

So in order to confront the Walking While Trans issue plaguing the community, we will have to attack the superstitions and myths that undergird it. 

One of the major ones buttressing it that needs to be destroyed is the 'all transwomen are sex workers' meme.

UH Josephine Tittsworth Act Vote Happening Tomorrow

The town hall event was packed last week, and I expect the same thing will happen tomorrow when the UH SGA Senate returns to their ultramodern Senate chambers in the UC North to vote on the Josephine Tittsworth Act tomorrow.

That meeting will start at 7:30 PM.

Just as a reminder, the UH SGA proposed this piece of legislation that seeks to have the University of Houston follow its existing EEO and non discrimination policy by allowing trans* UH students to update their university identification with their preferred name, discerned gender and titles

This should be a non controversial issue, but falsehoods have been spread by agent provocateurs who have gotten the white frats and sororities riled up.

And as I reported last week, the bathroom predator and sexual predator lies have been deployed as well.

All this over the top transphobic hatred for a measure that would simply allow trans UH students to update their university ID's to match the people they are now.

Hope that the UH SGA is cognizant of the fact they have an opportunity to be drum majors and drum majorettes for justice and do the right thing.  

About Time The Offensive Trans Slur Terms Were Dropped From 'Drag Race'

It took them long enough, but Logo has pulled the problematic episode of RuPaul's Drag Race featuring the 'female or she-male' sketch.  

In addition, they will no longer use the term 'she-mail' in the show after trans community members and yours truly spoke out and GLAAD met with MTV and Logo
to discuss the issue.

Still boycotting RuPaul's Drag Race, but happy they made the announcement.

To all you predominately white gay menz pissed off they are dropping those offensive to the trans community terms, have several seats and a nice tall appletini flavored glass of STHU.   I'm getting sick of y'all tripping because we transpeeps expressed ourselves about this issue and people actually listened this time.

As I said last month and will repeat, we trans people have every right to call out friend, foe and frenemy who offend us and expect action to be taken on it.  You don't like the fact it was your boy RuPaul, too damned bad.  You don't get to tell us what is and isn't offensive to our community, and it's past time for y'all to deal with that reality.  

For those of you who kept throwing the shady comment 'the trans community has better things to do than call out RuPaul's media transphobia', I call bull feces on that.   I've witnessed far too often the numerous times you gay peeps have straight up acted the fool anytime a straight celeb utters the gay slur words that offend your community. 

It is also the height of vanillacentric privileged cis gay arrogance to presume we trans folks don't have the right to do the same.   

New year, new rules.  As Katie Couric, Piers Morgan, Wendy Williams and now RuPaul have discovered, we trans people are not tolerating ANY disrespect aimed at our community from friend, foe or frenemy.

You can call that 'bullying' all you want.  I call it standing up for our humanity. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Let's Play TransGriot Jeopardy 3

Have a new clue for you in TransGriot Jeopardy.     Remember,  your answer much be in the form of a question.

The category is Black Trans History and the Final Jeopardy answer is.

In June 2014 Tona Brown will become the first African-American trans woman to do this.

Time's up.   The Final Jeopardy answer is:  What is play at Carnegie Hall?

Tona is quickly raising the money she needs in her indiegogo campaign to make that dream happen.   Thanks to everyone who has made videos supporting her and who have contributed for her to stand on that hallowed stage on behalf of our community. 

Speaking of videos, here's the latest from the host of Denver's InFocus program,  Eden Lane.

Going to be wonderful to see that happen.

2014 GLAAD Media Awards LA

Saturday night on the Left Coast the GLAAD Media Awards, LA Division were held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  My category will be announced May 3 in New York, and won't be done during the live event. 

Jennifer Lopez was presented with GLAAD's Vanguard Award by the legendary Rita Moreno. 

The Vanguard Award honors efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the TBLG community.   In addition to being an outspoken advocate for the community, Lopez serves as executive producer of the ABC Family series "The Fosters," which centers on a lesbian couple raising their children.

"The Fosters" also won the award for outstanding drama series.

Laverne Cox was presented with the Stephen J. Kolzak Award,  which is given to an openly trans, bi, lesbian or gay member of the entertainment community who have made a significant difference in promoting equality for the TBLG community.   The previous recipients of the Kolzak award have included Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres and Ian McKellen, and Laverne's name has now joined that distinguished list..

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lumberton ISD Trans Teacher Reinstated

Laura Jane Klug52 year old Laura Jane Klug had been a substitute teacher in the Lumberton Independent School District near Beaumont teaching without incident until last week.  Some transphobic parents complained after she substitute taught a fifth grade class at Lumberton Middle School and ignited a kerfluffle that roiled the area.

“I have always conducted myself in a professional manner and would never discuss my gender identity in school,” Klug was quoted as saying in a 12News story.

She also told Lone Star Q in an interview that she suspects it was one of her neighbors who outed her and contacted the media.

After meeting with Lumberton ISD Superintendent John Valastro she was suspended pending a meeting held on Thursday to determine whether she can continue to teach in LISD. 

As the story began to get national attention, Valastro then claimed Klug wasn't suspended as TBLG people in Southeast Texas and the rest of the state mobilized in response to the unjust treatment of Klug.  

Lambda Legal, and Equality Texas pointed out that LISD was in violation of Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled in Macy v. Holder that the provision covers transgender people. In addition, courts have ruled that government employers can’t discriminate against LGBT people due to the constitutional guarantee of equal protection.

MeetingThe PFLAG Beaumont chapter sprang into action to coordinate a rally that happened before the 7 PM LISD board meeting that would determine Klug's teaching fate.  

That Thursday board meeting happened in front of an overflow crow in which the purple clad supporters of Klug outnumbered the transphobes.

After 13 speakers pro and con expressed themselves during the 30 minute public comment period, the LISD board went into a lengthy closed session to discuss her fate..

Klug was informed that she was reinstated, but told not to apply for the first open position in LISD until Superintendent Valastro meets with the district's principals on Monday.

“Hopefully this is going to be a really good learning moment for everybody involved,” Klug said. “It’s certainly an opportunity for principals to address the issue of people who are gender-nonconforming. Also, it might encourage somebody who is questioning their gender to maybe come forward.”

Whether Lumberton ISD was motivated by doing the right thing by Klug or a possible lawsuit is a moot point.   The bottom line is in this instance, the evil instigated by whatever transphobic troll jumped this off did not triumph and Laura Jane Klug is still able to teach. 

Transphobic 6 Term MP Rob Anders Defeated

Read some interesting news out of Alberta concerning a north of the border transphobic foe of ours in Conservative MP Rob Anders.

He has held his Calgary West federal riding since 1997 and been a lightning rod for criticism during his time on Parliament Hill.

In addition to insulting former South African president Nelson Mandela and Canadian veterans, and making a long list of gaffes, Canadian transpeople and their allies around the world remember him deploying the 'bathroom predator' meme when C-279, the Trans Rights Bill was introduced. 
The bill eventually passed the House of Commons in March 2013.

But his riding was recently redrawn, renamed Calgary Signal Hill and he faced stiff competition in this Conservative Party nomination fight for it against Ron Liepert, who was a cabinet finance minister in Alberta's Progressive Conservative provincial government.

It was a nasty intraparty battle that received national media attention in Canada.  Prime Minster Stephen Harper endorsed Anders, but it didn't help.  There were 3250 card carrying Conservative Party members eligible to vote in that nomination election yesterday, and 2400 voted.  

For the first time since 1997 Rob Anders has lost an election, and joy has broken out in the riding and elsewhere now that it has happened.  .  

While Liepert becomes the Tory nominee in Signal Hill when the next federal Canadian election is called in 2015, as for Anders, he still gets to serve as the MP until that happens. 

Anders also hasn't announced whether he will try to run for the Tory nomination in another riding in an attempt to get a seventh term in the House of Commons.  But based on the tweets I read and the joy being expressed over his defeat, he may want to reconsider that.    .

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Construction Starting On METRORail Central Station

And unfortunately it won't look like this Snohetta design.  It'll be just another standardized cookie cutter generic design of the current METRORail stations with art work added. 

Central Station's design was supposed to be selected from a competition in which five finalists  presented futuristic designs that they hoped would become the signature station of the METRORail system.  

But delays, cost overruns, the winner not being selected until September 2013 and fears that Central Station wouldn't be completed in time for the third quarter 2014 opening of the Green and Purple Lines to revenue service led METRO to scrap it last November and replace it with the generic stations platform 

The Red Line is shut down this weekend from the Downtown Transit Center to the Northline TC to begin construction of the Central Station platforms.  

But it would have been nice to see the signature Snohetta design going up.  

Houston Dash Play Inaugural NWSL Match Tonight

It's the day we women's soccer fans have been waiting for ever since we found out in December we would be getting a National Women's Soccer League expansion franchise in Houston. 

The Houston Dash will run onto the pitch at BBVA Compass Stadium later tonight for their first ever match against the NWSL champion Portland Thorns FC.  Interest in the game is high enough that the Dash are working on a sellout of the game and have opened up the upper bowl of BBVA Compass for ticket sales..

Their home games are also being broadcast on local television.   The Dash are the second NWSL squad to have a local television deal.  

Head Coach Randy Waldrum wants to put an exciting attacking squad on the field, and that has been the case in the Dash's preseason matches.   

As the Dash's roster took shape, we ended up with Canadian national team members Lauren Sesselmann (who is hurt right now) and goalkeeper Erin McLeod and Mexican national team member Teresa Noyola via trades, and interestingly enough via the NWSL draft with the second overall pick the sister-in-law of Texans linebacker Brian Cushing in Kealia Ohai  

Now the level of competition ramps up from the upper level college teams they played in preseason .  The Dash will get a major measuring test of where they are when they face off against the Thorns, who like themselves are also affiliated with an MLS team..  

Houston DashDespite their expansion status, the Dash players have set lofty goals and are aiming to be one of the four teams left standing for the playoffs when their inaugural 24 game NWSL regular season concludes.

They are not only being watched by Houston sports fans, but other teams in MLS who are considering starting their own NWSL affiliated women's teams from scratch like the Dynamo did.with the Dash.

Best of luck in tonight's opener and hope it's a successful debut.  

TransGriot Update:  The Dash had a tying goal in stoppage time wiped out by a questionable offsides call and lost 1-0 to the Thorns 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Monica Jones Guilty Of Walking While Black Trans In Arizona

Monica JonesHave another reason to not like Arizona despite some of the cool people who call it home.

Been keeping an eye on the ongoing case of ASU student Monica Jones, who was accosted on the street while walking in her Phoenix neighborhood during a sting operation and charged with 'manifestation of intent to prostitute' the very night after she spoke at a May 2013 rally denouncing Project ROSE.  .

Project ROSE is a program created with 15 partner organizations including the Phoenix Police Department with the goal of avoiding filing charges against adults engaged in prostitution, providing an opportunity for medical and social services and assistance in helping them exit the life of prostitution if they choose.  

In practice, the program and its profiled prostitution sweeps target trans, SGL and low income women far too often and has a 30% success rate, the same rate as a woman who goes before a judge and hasn't gone through the unjust Catholic Charities supported program.  

Jones believes she was unfairly targeted for arrest because of her outspoken criticism of Project ROSE.   A petition was created urging the Phoenix city prosecutor to drop the charges against her..    

The ACLU of Arizona joined Jones’ lawyer in contesting the constitutionality of the manifestation statute. Dan Pochoda of the ACLU explained in his arguments, “The statute eviscerates first amendment rights.”

In a packed Phoenix municipal courtroom this morning filled with supporters wearing “I Stand With Monica Jones: Stop Profiling Trans Women of Color”shirts, Judge Hercules Dellas found the 29 year old Ms. Jones guilty based solely on the statements of the police officer who targeted her. 

Gee why am I not surprised?   Jones' trial is also being monitored by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders as an example of discriminatory policing and retaliation on activists organizing for human rights.

She is appealing the ruling because she faces time in the men's jails, and Maricopa County has a less than stellar human rights record in their penal system.  

Ms. Jones stated, “I am saddened by the injustice that took place at my trial this morning, but we are not giving up the fight. It’s time that we end the stigma and the criminalization of sex work, the profiling of trans women of color, and the racist policing system that harms so many of us.”

Hope she has better luck with her appeal.

Shut Up Fool Awards-Happy Birthday Tricia Helfer Edition

Today is the milestone 40th birthday of Canadian actress Tricia Helfer, who is as any BSG fan can tell you well known for her role as the humanoid Cylon Number 6 on Battlestar Galactica..

She most recently turned up on our TV screens again in the role of Texas Ranger Molly Parker on the Sofia Vergara produced ABC show Killer Women.

Tricia was born on this date in rural Donalda, Alberta in 1974.

It's also Friday, and y'all know what that means.   It's time for my weekly exercise in finding out what people or groups exhibited mind numbing stupidity, jaw dropping ignorance, brazen hypocrisy and just over the top behavior that will make you say WTF when you read it. 

It's time for this week's edition of the TransGriot Shut Up Fool Awards.

Honorable mention number one is a group awards for the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections for coming up with a policy that closes the restrooms at polling places.   Yeah, the same county that in non-white areas of it took up to six hours to vote.

Time to get some mobile port-a-potties with signs on them that say 'the GOP is crapping on your right to vote.'

Honorable mention number two is Mike Huckabee.  The FOX noise pundit claims he's not a bigot or a hater, he's on the right side of the Bible.   Umm hmm, all you bigots and haters claim you're on the right side of the Bible when you're really just trying to use it to justify your bigotry. 

Honorable mention number three goes to for their transphobic Truth In Advertising ad that reinforces severat stereotypes about transpeople

Honorable mention number four goes to Dr. Charles Murray, the racist advisor to Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott who said during a human rights summit at UT this week in honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 that 'women are not significant thinkers' 

Keep running that Clayton Williams 2.0 campaign, Greg.  

For Honorable mention number five, we head to my hometown and put the owners of Y Beauty Supply on blast for not only telling a Black couple, "You people always steal", but strip searched Deadra Patten and her fiance for a pair of $3 earrings.

Seriously?    To quote Ms.Patten concerning the racial profiling, “Everybody doesn’t shoplift," said Patten in the KHOU-TV interview. "Everybody is not a thief. There are still honest people in the world.”

And there are honest people in my community as well.   Remember that, especially if you are going to do business in my community and be successful at it. .
This week's Shut Up Fool winner is PETA.  These idiots prove once again there are no depths they will sink to when they are searching for publicity.  

They are seeking to buy the Akron, OH  boyhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and turn it into a vegan restaurant.

Yep, looks like I'll be making another PETA protest stop at KFC very soon.   Original recipe yardbird, yum yum!    

PETA, and especially Bill O'Reilly's best bud Ingrid Newkirk, shut up fools!

Congrats Consuella!

Needed to congratulate my DC homegirl Consuella Lopez for her recent appointment to the Mayor's Advisory Committee to the Office of GLBT Affairs in the District

She was appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray to joins the committee along with Damien Frierson for a term that expires in June 2015.

If her name is vaguely familiar to you, it's because she was one of the people who was featured in the anti-trans discrimination poster campaign launched by the Dc office of Human Rights back in 2012.

Congratulations Consuella! 

I know she is excited about this appointment and looking forward to doing the best job humanly possible to represent the interests of the trans community of Washington DC.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What We Has Here Is A Fauxgressive Failure To Communicate 4

Once again I find myself in a situation in which I'm  checking Facebook, reading some of my friend's Facebook threads. make a comment and it leads to me being attacked and called a 'racist' for doing so.

This time it happened earlier today in a thread on my friend Will Loyd's Facebook page in which I responded to a comment by a person called Altruiste who claimed there's no difference between Democrats and Republicans.   

Altruiste Cravens Fuck political parties.....they are nothing more than another way to separate ourselves! Politics and politicians have no place in this world other than to control and disrupt lives. Fuck Democrapublicans!!

To which I responded: 

 Monica Roberts There's no such thing as Democrapublicans. Any non-white American undeniably knows for a fact there is a difference between the two parties.

There were two other comments between this one, but note how fast it took Altruist to go there and deployed the ' you're a racist' card. 

The only difference between the two is the name itself....Both parties never agree on anything when it comes to its citizens, but they never fail to agree on the ridiculous amount of raises they give themselves. To say because I am white I dont know th
e difference between the parties is intself quite the racist statement, in fact, it is just what DEMOREREPUBLICANS lead you to believe. Democrats have stolen from and lied to democratic voters, and in fact are the reason why so many minorities are on welfare(it was designed by Democrats to hold people back, and Republicans just flat out take. We need Scientists, Philosophers, Mathematicians, Business people, etc. fixing the economy, but instead we have political parties that dumbass americans follow because so many of us dont know how to lead our own lives. In turn we elect from our heart rather than our intelligence. Political parties are one in the same, that is how I see it based from my 40 years of living. Oh yeah, FUCK RACISM as well Monica Roberts!!

After a white female commenter mentioned that President Obama was in Houston for a fundraiser before heading to Austin for the 50th anniversary commemoration at the LBJ library of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he said this: 

Altruiste Cravens It can't....and this is nothing new for Obama. He takes an average of 9 Vacations every year at a minimum $40,000,000, that equates to $360,000,000 every year(all taxpayer money). Michelle has so many people working for her on taxpayer money that we cant even find out how much of our money she is actually spending. My guess is that she spends roughly $75Mil-$100 mil yearly on ensuring she always has hairdressers and such. When Obama took office we had a National debt barely at 10 trillion dollars(that is 43 Presidents worth of spending) and Obama has nearly doubled that to now steadily climbing to 17 trillion and counting, and by my numbers we will almost hit 21 trillion(more than double) when he leaves office. George Bush started a war that costs us just as much, and without question fooled us into believing that they themselves didn't pull off the worlds greatest false flag attack(911), These are two different parties destroying the same thing, while stealing from us in the form of raises, and then designing laws to keep us from doing anything to them. So again, I say Fuck Political Parties, they are for those that wish to be led and told how to live their FREE LIFE!!!!

After he ranted about the current POTUS, and Will mentions I have a huge point about the clear differences between the two parties, he doubles down on it. 

Altruiste Cravens I see no differences, as both parties are after the same thing, but I will say this, Democrats rule the lower class and Republicans rule the wealthy, but both care nothing about either other than what can be taken.

Monica Roberts Altruiste. I hear that 'No difference between the two parties' rhetoric far too often from predominately White people who are wanting third parties in this country.

If you were walking in my non-white pumps, you'd damned sure know beyond a shadow of
a doubt there is a major difference between a Democratic Party that fights for your right to vote and a Republican Party that seeks to suppress it. You'd know that the Republicans have since 1970 run a Southern Strategy that demonizes you and the Democratic Party has worked since the 60's to include you.

And anybody that can't see the unjust, unconstitutional legislation that GOP controlled legislature enact combined with jaw dropping ignorance, makes you willfully ignorant of political reality.

Altruiste plays the race card in 3...2...1...

Altruiste Cravens You flat out live with a racist mindset shows in your statements! I don't feel sorry for you because of your "Non-White Pumps", especially since a BLACK MAN is President in a country that Supposedly hates black skin!!!!!!!!!!!!. You hold yourself back racially by your statements alone. Racism doesn't just consist of Hating another skin, it also consists of seeing your own as a crutch. In my eyes that is worse than flat out hating another because of their skin. People hold themselves back, and in turn use the color of their skin as reasoning. The welfare state was created by Democrats AND DEMOCRATS ALONE to keep blacks in line and not part of the workforce, and to attempt to make up for slavery, and Republicans do the exact same thing, but they do so to White America. We live with a President that for 20 years attended a church that preached ONLY HATE AND SEPARATION from White America, and now I am supposed to believe that somehow he is doing good for this country, that is as stupid and naïve as voting for a serial killer, as that is what governments do(both Democratic and Republican), they tell you what you want to hear in order to gain leverage over us, and this includes both parties. You don't have to see what I see, nor do you have to agree with me, but to tell me that I don't understand because I am white and you are black is, and I quote, "Ignorant, Selfish and downright Separatist thinking", END QUOTE! Your skin is a problem to you, that is so very obvious, but what I see is a human being that is at a loss to explain her own mishaps that she must blame whites and/or a party! Grow up, think for yourself and quit spreading separatist views!! When you decide to live your life for you and you alone you will see how your racist thought process is destroying only yourself. I am neither Party, nor will I ever lower myself to associate with these criminals, Democrat and republican both! With that said, know that you have the right to separate yourself from others based on your skin, but you do not have the right to tell another they don't understand because they aren't the same race! I have the ability to see both sides of the coin because I don't accept what I am told to believe via political lies that hurt all of us, including white people, and to think for one second because you are black and I am not is reason to understand is as racist as you can get! I am certainly glad I know that about you, for if we ever meet I will know how much you dislike my skin, or should I say HATE??!!

After two more of his points got debunked, he came back with two one sentence comments weakly trying to defend them

Altruiste Cravens Ignorance certainly is bliss to the blissless....ha!

Altruiste Cravens Democrats dont kill people???? Just look at Obamacare......both are evil!!!

And then I unleashed this one.

Monica Roberts Didn't take you long to incorrectly call me a racist and dismiss my half century of lived experience in this country.

That's mighty white of you Altruiste.

Racism = prejudice plus systemic power., not what pissed off white male wallowing in white privilege hisses at person of color who points out the holes in his assertion that 'there's no difference between the two parties'.

As a person of color living in the United States, I don't have the luxury like you do of living inside the borders of this country and ignoring the deleterious effect of American racism upon me either in microaggressive (as you just demonstrated by calling me a racist) and macro aggressive ways as the GOP does.

I and every other non white person have the potential and capacity to be bigoted or prejudiced. But there is only one group of people in the United States (and elsewhere in the world) with the power to turn their bigotry and prejudice into public policy, and they damned sure don't share my ethnic background

My very survival in this country calls for me to always take race, class, whiteness and white supremacy into account because it undergirds everything in American society.

See the Texas voter suppression laws, the Stand Your Ground ones, the GOP party platforms and the Supreme Court ruling eviscerating Section 4 of the VRA as the more than ample examples of that or that racism=prejudice plus power.

Monica Roberts The GOP talks about reaching out to my people. But sending kneegrow sycophants like Dr Ben Carson, Mia Love, Erik Rush and Allen West into my community who mouth the same racist anti-Black rhetoric that white conservative bigots do is an insult to our intelligence.

Spouting the same failed voodoo economics, being the mean spirited , anti-public education, anti-science, anti-immigration arm of white supremacy, and opposing civil rights laws are the major reasons that 95% of my peeps are voting Democratic and the rest of the ethnic minorities in this nation are finally waking up and doing the same.

Altruiste Cravens Liaten Monica, your entire rant is based on the color of YOUR skin, and that is easy to see, but yet I am a racist for pointing it out. You seem to think because my skin is white I must somehow be treated better than those with black skin.....that in itself is hate and separation. You hold yourself back, ONLY YOU, and if you wake up in the morning thinking you have to live a certain way because you are black then without question YOU ARE IN FACT THE PROBLEM! Barack Obama is a black man and he made it to the presidency!! I have always lived in predominantly black neighborhoods, only dated black women, and have 7 children that are multi-racial, and to be honest only once did a white person say anything nehative to us, but in the bkack community I was a devil and a racist! My wife would be called a sell out everyday, my children called the worse names, all by the bkack community! Do I choose to hate them?? Of course not, because racist thinking in black communities far outweighs the same in white communities. If you wake up everyday worried about how another race of people are going to treat you then it is you that is the problem, as racism only affects those that are weak minded and only looking to follow, which racism is just that, a personal problem. If you accept another persons view of you as concrete then without question your ONLY problem is YOU!! Even with that view of yourself I would come out of pocket to help you if you needed it, WITHOUT QUESTION, as I do everyday for ALL RACES because I dont give a shit what the color of someone's skin is!!! There is no white supremacy, and Obama being president proves that in every way, there is only class supremecy, and again Obama as President proves that! I follow nobody but myself, and what I do for others everyday is far more than most do in a lifetime. I am not out helping only white people, in fact I give more to non-whites as you put it!! So tell me how the black governments in Africa are doing anything different than all elected officials here, regardless of skin color? I called you a racist because you blame whites for your sef imposed problems!!! I still see it the same are set in racist views because you have no idea what it takes to be original and self loving! Racism = anything done because of ones skin color!! I love all people, all colors, creeds, handicap and so on and so forth!

After another white female commenter backed up my points of non-whites voting with the Dems and blew up his assertion about Obamacare being evil..
Altruiste Cravens Excuse some of the spelling mistakes , on a smart phone, ha!

Monica Roberts If I was 'ranting' everyone of this timeline would know it.'

Ho hum. Another tactic from the conservative debate playbook. Accuse the Black female you don't agree with of being 'emotional' or ranting' while you, the almighty conservafool whitey
, is 'calm and rational'

Yeah, right.

We're discussing the United States and your already ridiculously easy to debunk assertion that there's no difference between the two parties.

Stop trying to derail the conversation by attacking me, because if it isn't obvious to you already, I'm more than capable of eviscerating every talking point KTRH-AM or Fox Noise broadcasts.

Notice who he continues to attack who disagreed with him instead of the white women who commented on the thread and also disagreed with him. 

Altruiste Cravens Majority of the American population is white, and without the white vote Obama never becomes president. 93% of blacks voted for Obama, what that tells me is that because he is a black man black folks voted for him. Reality is this, Obama Played minorities like a drum, just as every president elect does!

Altruiste Cravens It is pointless to argue between the two parties because I am a follower of neither, and to put myself into either category would show nothing but how good I can follow others as they make laws that only hurt the taxpayer!!

It's pointless to argue it because you already lost that argument, then compounded your loss by attacking me...

Monica Roberts No, Racism is a SYSTEMIC problem. You are, like many conservative white males, believing the Fox Noise hype and deliberately trying to conflate racism with prejudice.

Thank you for trying to play that predictable game, but not happening on my watch

Once again since you missed this in Sociology 101

Racism is the systematic discrimination, denial of rights and benefits by whites against non-whites in all areas of human activity. (economics, education, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war).

Gee, no wonder conservafools want to try to keep that part quiet about racism requiring power to turn your prejudices into policy.

See ALEC, the Republican Party and the conservative movement, the conservafool majority on the SCOTUS, fundie preachers, GOP majorities in state legislatures fir the all to numerous examples of what I'm talking about.

Non white people do not and never have had the power in American history to turn our prejudices into societal public policy deleterious to whites because we lack the power element. As we have seen over the last 150 years of American history, whites will do whatever they can up to and including near genocidal level of murder, unjust laws, police repression and restricting our right to vote to keep it from happening.

Altruiste Cravens Racism is the systematic discrimination, denial of rights and benefits by whites against non-whites in all areas of human activity. (economics, education, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war). That is the most ridiculous and racist statement I have ever read.....Stupidest statement I have ever read! Racist!!! Altruiste Cravens I didn't know only white folks can be racists!!Guess I struck a vanillacentric privileged nerve. 

Altruiste Cravens Because I am white You say I am racist or inherently can take that shit somewhere else!
Monica Roberts You Altruiste, engaged in the knee jerk reaction of erroneously calling me a racist and made prejudicial judgments about me because I pointed out the error in your assertion that there's no difference between the two parties.

You did so despite me
expressing my lived experiences as an African-American Texan and expressing my opinion just like you did.

So naw, I didn't have to call you a racist,. nor was it my intent to do so. All I was doing was simply pointing out you were in error asserting that there's no difference between the two parties.

You were the one who microaggressively went there, thus putting me in the position of having to call your vanillacentic privileged ass out., debunk your loud and wrong assertion,and giving me the opportunity to school you on the Sociology 101 you missed.

Note, it isn't Black or Latino legislators proposing or passing Voter suppression laws or policies designed to suppress non white people's right to vote, it's people who look like you. It wasn't a judge who looked like me who eviscerated Nikki's marriage or denied her and Will their legal right to get a marriage license in Harris County, it was a bigoted GOP judge and county clerk who looked like you.

It isn't people who look like me who are leading the organizations opposed to the human rights of LGBT people here and world wide, once again they are bankrolled, funded, supported and led by people who look like you.

I am more than aware as a student of history there are righteous whites who played roles in the abolitionist movements, the civil rights one and various liberation movements today. The NAACP you conservatives demonize has white founders. But I also must point out there are many whites who seem to have an almost gleeful tendency to want to oppress other people who don't look like you.

And expressing that inconvenient fact is not 'racism' It's truth telling.

And far too many people who look like you are silent about what those oppressors are doing or by your votes for Republican candidates or being 'proud conservatives', support their oppression of others.

Class dismissed.

Altruiste Cravens
You showed your racist bullshit by saying that only whites are racist!!!! That is the most racist shit I have ever heard!! Who look like me?? Racist remark!! Do you think for one second that because my skin is white I am somehow not treated like a second class citizen?? You keep classifying me as if I belong to a group other than humanity, and that in itself is blatantly racist!

Monica Roberts You still aren't getting it?

Racism=prejudice plus systemic power and is a SYSTEMIC issue.

Expressing the inconvenient truth there are some whites who seem to have an almost gleeful tendency to want to oppress other people who don't look like them (see GOP legislature for example) and having non-whites calling them on it is not 'racism', it's truth telling.

And here he comes with the 'I'm a human being' line:

Altruiste Cravens I consider myself a human being, not a white human being, A HUMAN BEING! I grew up poorer than you could ever fathom, lived in abandoned buildings with white parents!!!!! Instead of blaming the predominantly black neighborhood we lived in we dealt with it as humans should do when everything seems to be against you. Rather than blaming everybody but ourselves we came out of it without any help from the community we lived in. We were considered the scourge of the neighborhood because we were white, and yet had as little as everyone else did!! We were stolen from constantly, assaulted and spit on almost everyday for being white!! When have white folks ever done that to you?? Here is what I know for certain

Monica Roberts POC calling your ass out for stating you are wrong for saying theirs no difference between the two parties does not equal to 'Monica is a racist' as you are loudly and wrongly asserting here.

and it is racist of you, oh vanillacentric privileged white male to even write something so massively stupid for all of Facebook and the world to see.

Altruiste Cravens Fuck racist thoughts, they only and always lead to hate!!

Monica Roberts We are all human beings but by dint of you being born a male human being with white skin, you have power and privilege that I will NEVER have.

I don't have the luxury of ever forgetting that point like you obviously do.

Altruiste Cravens Racism/prejudice is for simple the simple minded!! A Black man is President so stop acting like you cant achieve greatness too!! You are holding yourself back, not a single white person is doing that to you unless you allow it to, which is obvious in your words!!Monica Roberts Um no, Racism=prejudice plus systemic power and is a SYSTEMIC issue.Altruiste Cravens You do have the luxury of it because you are a human being, but you choose to allow others to keep you from it!! All your fault, you hold the blame! I have white skin and so you choose to look at me like a devil, and I see you as a lost human being stuck in a world that you hate! Monica Roberts Um no, I am an unapologetically Black human being, and walking around in this society as a Black female has a set of problems you do not and have so far shown yourself to be unwilling to understand
Altruiste Cravens If you have accomplished these things then how again are ONLY White People holding you back??? It seems to me that your education didnt keep you from being so hateful toward white folks. I myself have done nothing to you, but you keep saying White People are the reason you wake up everyday hating them???

Monica Roberts Telling the inconvenient truth about some whites gleefully oppressing non-whites does not equal to hatred of white people

Monica Roberts and How do I achieve despite the odds stacked against me? Glad you asked that question The answer starts at 1:21 of this clip

Altruiste Cravens
and I am unapologetically a human being.....the difference being I choose not to separate myself from all other humanity, regardless of color!!

Monica Roberts A human being clueless that the white skin he's born with gives him power and privilege above the rest of us on the societal totem pole.

So once more

Racism=prejudice plus systemic power and is a SYSTEMIC issue.

Expressing the inconvenient truth there are some whites who seem to have an almost gleeful tendency to want to oppress other people who don't look like them and having non-whites calling them on it is not 'racism', it's truth telling.

Altruiste Cravens That doesn't mean squat!! Again, life is solely up to each and every one of us.....

Obvious the video of the Scandal scene I snarliky put up of Rowan scolding Olivia with the speech that every child of African descent has gotten at one time or another in their lives pissed him off

Altruiste Cravens For every video you pull up I can do the same in attempt to make my point, but I prefer to speak for myself, not through the self inflicted wounds of another!!

Altruiste Cravens O don't play the woe is me game, I create my own hsppiness

Altruiste Cravens happiness Altruiste Cravens I have love for you Monica....regardless of our differences in thought

Monica Roberts Ah, another derailing point doomed to failure in the 'I don't play the woe is me game'

This isn't a game You still have no (and have shown you don't want to)  answer the points that A: By dint of birth in a white male body and white skin , you are
at the top of the societal power chain.

B: Your white skin carries advantages that will NEVER accrue to a non white person

C: Your status as a white male and the white privilege on display for the Facebook world to see gives you an air of authority that you have consistently tried to use in this thread to derail the conversation, belittle, erase, and marginalize anything I have to say, especially since the Black woman has already proven you wrong on the initial point that I took to this thread to correct you on that there is no difference between the two parties.

You made this about race, not I.

Altruiste Cravens
Silly Rabbit.....your words before I ever said a word about any race, and again I quote you, "There's no such thing as Democrapublicans. Any non-white American undeniably knows for a fact there is a difference between the two parties." That education sure didn't cover memory now did it?!?!Altruiste Cravens My status as a human........Only you see my skin!

Monica Roberts You made about skin color when you said this, oh Almighty Whitey...

You flat out live with a racist mindset shows in your statements! I don't feel sorry for you because of your "Non-White Pumps", especially since a BLACK MAN is President in a country that Supposedly hates black skin!!!!!!!!!!!!. You hold yourself back racially by your statements alone.

I made my statement based on my lived experience in an America that has demonized people like me for 4 centuries and you not only flippantly dismissed it, you accused me of being 'racist' on top of it.

So obviously skin color matters to your 'I'm just a human' ass, otherwise you wouldn't have responded that way.

I'm unapologetically Black. Being proud of that fact, my people, and my culture does not equal to 'I hate White people.'

Altruiste Cravens I am just a human says only one thing, and that is I think myself no better or worse than any other human being, of which I believe all people belong to. Where does that say I am Almighty Whitey?? My people????? That is racist......being proud of your skin as you blame white skin is racist!!! For an "Educated" Woman you sure do not understand the importance of coming together as one race, the human race, which is the only real race on this planet, the Human Race, of which we ALL belong to. It is each person that separates themselves, not a skin color!

After Nikki and two other people po in to comment , there he goes again with these comments:

ltruiste Cravens
Thank you her words only whites are racist so I appreciate you clearing that up...

Altruiste Cravens And so you know Monica Roberts, I have done more for black communities in the last 2 years than you will most likely do, or be willing to do! From buying homes to those who have lost them in fires, to buying educational materials(school supplies, books, etc,), to feeding the to sit here and say I have some kind of white power over any race is just plain stupid! The vast majority of people I help happen to be black, that isn't because I chose it to be that way, it is simply a void in lives at that time. I choose to live with very little because I give so much away, but I have the ability to do so because I MADE IT HAPPEN without help from anybody, I became successful in my past business ventures strictly to help others regardless of what they look like. Now I am able to see what I am on this earth for because I don't have separatist thinking that would keep me from doing as much as I do. My children understand this, even with a black mother they understand the importance of UNITY amongst all human beings! For any of my children to grow up thinking they don't belong would be my fault if I raised them to see the differences that you see! You certainly have the freedom to think as you wish, and as I see it you are part of the problem when it comes to racial issues in this country because like so many other people, you seem to think skin color is a crutch, be it white, black, brown, yellow, olive or otherwise!!! Our minds are our true prison, not people!!!
Monica Roberts Before you go there and step to me with that line, better hit Google and check yourself and that white privilege you're swimming in with that 'I do more for the Black community than you ever will' line.

Just because you do stuff for my community doesn't necessarily insulate you from being a bigot or a racist. Strom Thurmond fathered a Black daughter, paid her way through college and yet still was until his death an unrepentant segregationist who worked mightily to keep that black daughter and everyone else in the African-American community living under Jim Crow segregation.

I am a Kentucky Colonel and the only African-American Texan to win the IFGE Trinity Award, a 2013 Trans 100 Honoree and have an advocacy award named for me by Black Transmen, Inc . I have been lobbing for human rights issues since 1998 here, in Texas, in Louisville and in Washington DC and have served on the boards of multiple organizations in Texas and Kentucky.

I have lectured at colleges across this city and this country on transgender and other human rights issues, done panel discussions on these issues and was a co-host on KPFT-FM's After Hours from 1999-2001

Last week I spoke at a vigil for Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson on the UH campus and was there last night to support those students efforts to pass a measure that seeks to have the University of Houston follow its existing EEO and non discrimination policy by allowing trans* UH students to update their university identification with their preferred name, discerned gender and titles. I was a co-chair of one of the subcommittees helping put together the recently held and majorly successful Creating Change Conference I have spoken to Houston City Council twice this year alone in trying to get a comprehensive Houston Human Rights Ordinance passed

And naw, I ain't feeling the so called love you allegedly have for me when two white females pointed out you were wrong on assertions you've made in this thread, and not a vitriolic word was hurled in their direction.

But let my unapologetically Black behind do the same thing, and you go to enormous fauxgressive and racist lengths to attack me for doing so


And at this point , that when I exited that thread and eventuall blocked his ass after he showed his ass some more  .  Another day, another run in with a clueless fauxgressive.