Wednesday, April 8, 2009
When Transgendered People Are Assaulted Why Do People Make A Joke Out Of It?
Los Angeles based rapper Pam Jones was reportedly robbed, beaten and assaulted. The story appeared on All Hip Hop and Media Take Out, which is known for being particularly vicious in its coverage of entertainment/gossip. If you read the comment section (though really why would you want to) you'd find the usual knuckle dragger responses where some think it's a kind of joke for a transgendered woman to be raped. As if rape is any less a heinous crime and violation when it happens to someone who wasn't born a biological female, or is a lesbian or even a male.
Roving gangs of Black men gathering together to steal, beat and rape should send a shudder down the spines of people instead of dismissing it. This is what's going on in Darfur, Congo and has been used as the first tactic of war to control the general population. Calling attention to these acts of violence is more important than worrying about lingering racial stereotypes. If the thugs don't care about the image of innocent men who are law abiding we can't be protectionists for criminals.
The larger issue has to do with the attempts at dehumanizing the person because if they're not a person, then what happens to them doesn't matter. Which is what's happening to Black women right now by the way. So in reporting the assault on Jones, she has been referred to as a transsexual, tranny and he/she. All of those are incorrect terms and should cease immediately! By the way there's a MySpace link with an update on Ms. Jones' condition.