The killing of 23-year-old Dallas transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker was a devastating blow to the Black and LGBTQ communities. Booker’s death was one of three fatal attacks on Black trans women during a single week in May.
Just one day after Booker was found lying face down in the streets of Dallas on May 18, Michelle “Tamika” Washington was shot dead in North Philadelphia. Both of their deaths occurred just days after Claire Legato, of Cleveland, was shot in the head during a dispute over a tax return check.
On the heels of their deaths, many are questioning why white cisgender feminists have remained relatively quiet.
So far in 2019, there has been five known cases of fatal attacks on the Black transgender community. The deaths happen to coincide with the national outrage surrounding several states passing abortion bans.
While white women have made the abortion bans a widely discussed issue, they have fallen short on speaking out to protect the rights of Black trans women.
“Our cis white feminism is LITERALLY deadly,” Winston tweeted.
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