Freedom Rider: Transgender Rights but No Rights for Black People

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If you are Black in America, “driving, walking, riding a bicycle, being in a public space at the wrong moment, or even calling the police for assistance” can get you killed. President Obama doesn’t care about that, yet he puts the full force of the federal government behind transgender bathroom rights. “Obama loves to wade in on the side of a small segment of white liberal concern instead of helping the people who love them the most.”

Freedom Rider: Transgender Rights but No Rights for Black People

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

“Anyone who has ever used a public bathroom has done so with transgendered people.”

George Zimmerman tried to sell the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin. The fear of bad publicity prevented him from successfully auctioning the weapon because outrage was loud and swift. But the bigger outrage was ignored. Zimmerman would be in jail if Barack Obama wanted him to be.

Black people, so easily hoodwinked if they fear any risk to Obama’s political fortunes, demanded nothing when Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Martin. It was enough for the gullible to hear Obama say that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon. Neither Zimmerman nor the murderers of Michael Brown, or Eric Garner or Tamir Rice had anything to fear from federal prosecution. The excuse that the bar for prosecution must be high is just that, an excuse.

This same president claimed a right to assassinate Americans without any legislation or case law to back up the assertion. If Obama wanted to prosecute the 21stcentury lynch mob he could do that too. While black people watched a killer of one of their own brag about and attempt to profit from his deed, the president chose to defend a different group of people altogether.

“Neither Zimmerman nor the murderers of Michael Brown, or Eric Garner or Tamir Rice had anything to fear from federal prosecution.”

There is debate and controversy about the use of public restrooms by transgendered people, those who identify with a gender other than the one they manifest physically at birth. The prominence given the issue is out of proportion to the degree of public need. Yet in true American fashion ginned up outrage is reported endlessly over what ought to remain a non-issue. The fire storm is all very foolish but that is why the Department of Justiceacted in this case. President Obama loves to wade in on the side of a small segment of white liberal concern instead of helping the people who love them the most.

The federal agency which is so useless in getting justice for black people directed public schools to allow use of restrooms which match students' gender identity. Meanwhile black people are still killed with impunity if vigilantes like Zimmerman want them dead. There is no attempt to break new ground or even to use precedent in prosecuting killers of black people while other issues are pushed to the forefront of presidential action and media attention.

There is nothing new about people being transgender or using the restrooms they choose. They have been doing so for years. In contrast, black people risk death constantly just because they exist in this society. Driving, walking, riding a bicycle, being in a public space at the wrong moment, or even calling the police for assistance can get them killed. Yet Obama’s FBI doesn’t even maintain a record of killings committed by the police.

Black people unilaterally surrendered their history of fighting for justice ever since Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses in 2008. From the moment it became clear that he could become president there was no amount of contempt or indifference from him that would dissuade millions of people from giving him unquestioned support. 

“Obama’s FBI doesn’t even maintain a record of killings committed by the police.”

While other groups can count on media attention and public policy to address their needs and rights, black people languish at the bottom of American society, victimized physically, politically and economically and without any redress. White supremacy is the constant in the United States. Groups ranging from the LGBT community to the obese to the disabled can count on sympathy and official action to address their needs. Black people find themselves in the opposite position. There is no amount of injustice which triggers official action on their behalf.

Americans allow themselves to be whipped into a frenzy over any issue, the more trivial the more likely they are to panic. Doing so provides distraction from racism or climate change or war or any issue they either don’t care about or feel they have no agency to impact.

Anyone who has ever used a public bathroom has done so with transgendered people. Let others fight over foolishness. The demand for justice and the battle for self-determination must continue. No one else will do so on our behalf.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as athttp://freedomrider.blogspot.com.Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.
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Freedom Rider: Transgender Rights but No Rights for Black People

 

  Damn!  So true.  And I'm not gonna give black gay men a get outta jail card.  Cuz they are even MEN even to protect the women and children in that culture.  That tells huge about the kind of HUMAN BEINGS they are.  The ones I see?  Their persona is sooooooooooo disgusting and absolutely focking nasty.  I have yet to met a gay man with dignity and social decorum.  Those I've seen have been flaming, arrogant, mean, lack of empathy, envious of women, and back stabbers.  I think of Ru Paul...who to me?  Is an insult to the black culture in its entirety.  Unfortunately for us....we don't have black men straight or gay to come to our rescue..be our natural protectors.  They refuse to be our hero and continue to destroy black communities brick by brick, gun shot by gun shot, drug by drug..oh and pimping and abusing their own women.  We are at a point today?  That we women have to revisit the times when WE took matters in our hands and got the shyte done.  We can't look to our men....even though we love them....mainly cuz we give birth to sons...but nevertheless their outright neglect...even to the point where many don't even wanna RAISE their own KIDS...give true BLACK WOMEN no choice.  We have to put the shyte ALL on the table...no matter how much it skank, how vile it is to see and the resistance to clean it up....we gotta let black dudes KNOW...yall have failed us.  So whatcha gonna do about  it?  But!.

Anyone who has ever used a public bathroom has done so with transgendered people.”

  Home girl YOU need to speak for yourself.  I've been in college settings, shopping  and restaurant places and I HAVE NEVER USED THE BATHROOM WITH A TRANSGENDER.  Stop making blanket accusations to justify women forced to PEE with MEN.  And it is NOT silly to fight this bathroom cuz our children are in jeopardy..once again of being molested, sexually abused by those who are allowed in women's bathroom[don't she know that gays have sex in public bathrooms....all the time?].  Why do black folks like this writer continue to throw our children's needs UNDER THE FOCKING BUS?  She probably doesn't have children and doesn't care what rapist she pees next to.  But I do. And I care about the psychological welfare of our innocent children.   And the ridiculous statement she spews that black people unilaterally surrendered protesting for justice since Obama's been in office...is ANOTHER LIE!!!   That's what foolish.  And even though I am not happy with my president at the moment....under no circumstances will I do [like some black men do us] throw him under the bus simply cuz he is not dancing fast enough in his presidency.  Hell those black people NEED to get off their asses and do what they can where they focking are...and stop depending on others or massa to take care of them and fight their BATTLES.  That's dependency.  We have to now be INDEPENDENT from being the tar babies that have delayed our progress in this country.  We MUST continue to SCREAM at the TOP of our lungs...whether or not we have all of our people on the same page.  This writer is delusional and unreasonable in my view in terms of her perspective on the bathroom issue.  She has some points...but!  I couldn't get to them because of her inappropriate stance about the bathroom....and my president.  But!  

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