White Feminists Slammed For Not Speaking Out Against The Killing Of Muhlaysia Booker And Other Black Trans Women

White Feminists Slammed For Not Speaking Out Against The Killing Of Muhlaysia Booker And Other Black Trans Women

"Where is the outrage? I thought women’s rights were human rights?"

Published May 23rd

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.

Booker’s murder happened just weeks after she was seen being beaten by a man during a dispute over a minor traffic incident.

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.

Jen Winston, writer and founder of the feminist social platform Girl Power Supply, slammed white feminists for not showing up for Black women the same way they’ve shown up for their own causes.

  1. Winston, who is white, published a tweet that appears to be about abortion, but quickly changes topic mid-thought

    “Our cis white feminism is LITERALLY deadly,” Winston tweeted.

  2. Winston is not the first person to speak about the erasure of trans women
  3. Activists are calling for white women to protect Black trans women the same way they defend abortion rights

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Human Rights Campaign)

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