on the topic of white trans people being racist (like white people are in general), I wanna bring up something that's been bugging me forever:

Black women are by far the standout race/gender demographic in my experience of cis people's allyship to trans people. (not the part that bugs me.) if I think of cis complete strangers who have been unquestioningly, unflinchingly good to me about my transness, most of them are Black women.

white trans women, on the whole, do not return the favor.

even from white trans women who I haven't witnessed doing anything overtly bigoted, the issue for me is silence and inaction. and I know that even my awareness of the problem and my attempts to correct it in my own behavior don't except me from this quietism.

When it comes to transness, Black cis women do the solidarity work on our behalf. And, collectively and individually, white trans women are not doing the anti-racist solidarity work on behalf of Black women- cis or trans.

even if I didn't have pre-existing moral and political commitments to anti-racism, I would feel a pressure to speak up about this from a mounting sense of ingratitude.

Do the work, listen, pay attention. And speak up: be there for your Black friends and friends of color in an active way, intervene among white social groups when horseshit goes down. Bring up racism in white environments. Don't derail conversations about racism with de-raced conversations about gender/transness/gayness.

I say *de-raced* conversations about gender/transness/gayness because that is what has happened to those conversations: race has been surgically removed from white analyses about those things. what is left is an idea of gender/transness/gayness that is implicitly about how those things affect, and play out among, white people.

but manifestations of gendered violence within whiteness are distorted, made unrepresentative, by whiteness and the power given to white people under white supremacy.

anti-Black violence 

anti-Black violence 

anti-Black violence, genital mutilation; the last of the lynching discussion 

at the end of that CWed section, I brought up the white supremacist fascination with the Black phallus. That serves as an enlightening segue: analyses of gender which "exclude race" (exclusively concern white people) cannot make sense of gender violence *even as it happens to white people.*

if you think about TERF rhetoric around the, like, magic privilege powers that live in trans women's genitals, and the insistent connection between our genitalia and the assertion we're inherently predatory,

only in terms of 'de-raced' talk about gender, it can be seductive to see that rhetoric as *misled* rather than malicious; maybe what is happening is a mistaken generalization about embodiment that equates an oppressor group and an oppressed group!

But there is a much more obvious connection to be made with white supremacist/anti-Black rhetoric: this investment of visceral, charged hatred into an imagined phallus is structurally akin between violent rhetoric about Black men and trans women.

Similarly, it is possible to consider TERFs as 'mistaken, but well-intentioned' when they sneeringly misgender trans women and assert that trans women's embodiment and presentation are exchangeable with cis men— maybe this is an overgeneralization from an oppressor group!

But only if you miss other groups of women who are subject to misogyny which includes misgendering and equivocation between their bodies and men's bodies: crucially women of color, though this also affects cis white lesbians.

racist and anti-Black misogyny 

racist and anti-Black misogyny 

racist and anti-Black misogyny 

racist and anti-Black misogyny 

racist and anti-Black misogyny 

racist and anti-Black misogyny 

racist and anti-Black misogyny 

racist and anti-Black misogyny 

racist and anti-Black misogyny 

transmisogyny and Orientalism 

transmisogyny and Orientalism 

transmisogyny and Orientalism 

transmisogyny and Orientalism 

transmisogyny and Orientalism 

transmisogyny and Orientalism 

transmisogyny and Orientalism 

transmisogyny and Orientalism 

transmisogyny and Orientalism 

I'm running out of steam. There's more that I want to say about my geographical context, the social and historical context of Black women's coalition-building and solidarity efforts, and how that plays into my experience of support from Black women that white trans women do not repay with our fair share work, but that's gonna have to wait, lmao.

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