Monica Roberts at TransGriot asks the question Are Black Transwomen Fighting A Lost Cause? She was prompted to write the piece after reading the following quote, made by Eboni T-Girl as part of a comment in Monica’s Speaking of Ignorance post.
I just think that it is sad, to see a people who were fighting for their rights as second class citizens, just to get those rights, and now turn their noses up at their own brothers and sisters who are in the trans movement.
Monica Roberts, sometimes I wonder if we are fighting a lost cause? I never thought that I would ever envy a white T-Girl, but I do right now. I do, because they have more acceptance into their community, than we do ours.
As Monica says in her post, “It’s time for us to organize, gather together the clusters of African-American transwomen around the country who are doing positive things in their various communities and talk to each other. We need to befriend and bond with each other. We also need to immediately band together locally while thinking and acting nationally and globally with our transsisters around the world“.
I agree absolutely: we all – trans women everywhere – need to seriously organise ourselves if we are ever to stand a chance of achieving the same rights for all of us. White trans women benefit from white privilege as surely as any other white cis (non-trans) woman, and we must not let that privilege blind us to the plight of our Black trans sisters. Each day it becomes clearer that we cannot rely on allies when the chips are down, and so the responsibility to help our Black trans sisters falls squarely on the shoulders of all trans women.
Eboni T-Girl’s cry from the heart should be heard, and acted upon, by all trans women. “From each according to her ability, to each according to her need“, to paraphrase an old white cissexual man with a beard.