19 10 / 2014


s/o to the black girls who wear bindis, henna, headpieces, and Arabic name necklaces but scream cultural appropriation when a white girl acts up

you ain’t exempt

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19 10 / 2014


Harassment during a civil rights sit-in at the Cherrydale Drug Fair in Arlington, VA June 10, 1960 -
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Harassment during a civil rights sit-in at the Cherrydale Drug Fair in Arlington, VA June 10, 1960 -

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19 10 / 2014



Johny Pitts on Strolling by Cecile Emeke: Whiteness, Masculinity, Colourism & More (Full discourse HERE)

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I love how he pointed out the way Anti Blackness affects black women, how black flesh is equated to darkness so dark skinned women aren’t granted femininity. He gets it !

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19 10 / 2014

Anonymous said: What is Black Tumblr?



Technically, we are the collective members of Tumblr who subscribe to the Black/African diaspora. If we are alike in no other way, it is in our shared ‘getting shitted on’ by our respective majorities. 

More specifically, we are the bump in the night for all those internet bigots out there. We are the sigh on the back of the neck as they hit the post button on that one text post. We are the side-eyes in the night. We are glorious justice.

DO NOT come for us, unless we send for you. And if we send for you, you’d better arm up because we are coming with a verbal assault so vicious, your children’s children’s great-grandchildren will know better. We will shade you up and read you down. We are the ones who knock. We are not the hero Tumblr deserves, but we are the hero that Tumblr NEEDS.

Anything else?


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19 10 / 2014



The original story from the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and the breaking update below the original story.

On July 17, Dwight R. DeLee was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of 22-year-old Lateisha Green in Syracuse, New York.  On August 18, DeLee will be sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison for his role in the killing.  TLDEF staff members are currently en route to Syracuse.  We’ll once again be blogging and posting Twitter  and Facebook  updates about developments on the ground at the sentencing. 

The image you see in this message is from Essence magazine’s recent coverage of Lateisha’s story .  When we first began working with Lateisha’s family after her death last year, they asked us to help ensure that her death would not be in vain, and that people would learn something from their tragic loss.  We’re very proud - and Lateisha’s family is very proud - that Essence has chosen to feature Lateisha’s story.  Essence occupies a special place in the hearts of millions of Black women.  Since it was launched in 1970, Essence has become a cultural institution in the African-American community. By speaking out about Lateisha’s story, Lateisha’s family is connecting with audiences that might otherwise never have heard about her life or death as a transgender woman.  From the Associated Press to the Los Angeles Times , and now to Essence, Lateisha’s story is touching the hearts and minds of millions of people who probably knew very little about the continuing violence that affects the daily lives of transgender, lesbian, gay and bisexual people.  We’re grateful to Lateisha’s family for speaking out, and we’re grateful to our friends at GLAAD , whose expertise helped to keep this story alive for millions of people.

If you’re not familiar with Lateisha’s story, you can learn about it by reading the following articles and blog postings on our web site.  They’re chock full of information, photos and videos, and we think they’re well worth your time:

Show Your Support

Please continue to send personal notes of encouragement to Lateisha’s family during this difficult time. You can email correspondence by clicking here. We can’t guarantee the family will be able to reply to your emails, but we know that they’ll read them and that they appreciate everyone’s support. Please write!

Stay Informed

For final updates from the sentencing, stay tuned to all of the following sources:

    our website;

    TLDEF on Twitter ;

    the “Justice for Teish” Facebook page ; and

    GLAAD on Twitter .

As a final note, thank you for your support of the work we’ve been doing on this case.  Your notes of encouragement motivate us to pursue our work for equal rights.  We always welcome your input, and encourage you to continue to contact us.  Thank you.

Now, the breaking news update on Lateisha’s killer, Dwight DeLee, and a possible reinstatement of their hate crime conviction, courtesy of The Advocate.

On Wednesday, a crowd gathered outside the New York Court of Appeals in support of Lateisha Green, a 22-year-old trans woman murdered in Syracuse, N.Y. in 2008. The court is ruling this week on whether it will reinstate a hate crime conviction against her alleged killer, Dwight DeLee, reportsGLAAD.

DeLee, then 20, allegedly shot Green after uttering antigay slurs, and was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime in 2009. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison in what was New York’s first hate crime conviction in the killing of a transgender person, noted Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund executive director Michael Silverman.

However, the conviction was set aside by the New York State Fourth Appellate Division in July 2013 after the court declared the original verdict “inconsistent”: The jury had failed to find DeLee guilty of manslaughter first, and then guilty of a hate crime, and the presiding judge failed to make them aware of this.

After the verdict was thrown out, DeLee was set free. Shortly thereafter, the TLDEF, Lambda Legal, Empire State Pride Agenda, the NYU School of Law and several other organizations filed an amicus brief urging the New York Court of Appeals to reinstate DeLee’s conviction, according to GLAAD.

"I was devastated. I couldn’t believe it," Lateisha’s mother, Roxane Green, recalled of the decision in astatement. “I had lived through the agony of seeing my child die, having to choose the clothes to bury her in, waking up everyday to the horrible reality that she was gone. … Now I have to go back through that experience all over again.

"It’s so unfair to me, my family and community, and to every transgender woman who lives in fear of hateful violence happening to her, but especially to Lateisha. She was a beautiful, loving spirit who was expressing herself as who she was. And for that, she was targeted by a man who has been released."

Advocates pointed out that it seemed clear the jury sought to convict DeLee to the full extent of the law by virtue of declaring the murder a hate crime, making his release on a wording technicality all the more serious.

Watch the CNY Central report below for more.

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19 10 / 2014

Beyoncé: Sparkling Magical Girl Looks

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19 10 / 2014




Fun fact about American health care: if I ever need an organ transplant, I’ll somehow have to hide my autism, depression, and anxiety from the doctors, or else I’ll be disqualified under ideas about quality of life. It’s really great to know how valued disabled and neurodivergent lives are.

So here’s a thing many people don’t know about me: I used to be a medical data analyst. (I still do it occasionally, but not as a full-time job.) It’s a pretty self-explanatory job: I took data - often in enormous datasets - and analyzed it to find patterns. (Obviously, we couldn’t associate these with individual patients; this was just after HIPAA had come into effect, and so this data was very heavily scrubbed to remove any identifiable information.)

One of the patterns I looked for was quality of life and quality of care for people with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). For our purposes, that meant major depression, bipolar disorder, general anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and “other SPMI” (I encourage you to not send me messages telling me how those categories are terrible, because a) it was ten years ago and b) I wasn’t in charge of the categories.) In particular, we looked at injury, illness, and death in people with SPMI, compared with the general population, while they were in the hospital and at certain intervals after they were released (30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 180 days, and 1 year).

People with severe and persistent illness were much more likely to become ill and/or die in the hospital or shortly after discharge than the “general population”. People with schizophrenia had nearly ten times the deaths while in the hospital, and twelve times the injuries and illnesses.

Just as telling were the notes associated with the patient records. There was a significant pattern in the terminology used. In patients in the “general population”, doctors tended to use the word “is”: for example, “patient is suffering from abdominal cramping”. In patients with SPMI, doctors tended to use the phrase “claims to be”: for example, “patient claims to be suffering from abdominal cramping”.

It was clear to us that medical professionals - in general, I know for a fact that there are doctors out there who don’t do this - were assuming that patients with severe and persistent mental illness were inventing some, if not all, of their symptoms - that the symptoms were not real, and therefore did not need to be treated.

And because of that, these patients were falling ill and dying at alarming rates.

This isn’t personal anecdotes. I spent more than a year analyzing this data - which came from actual hospitals in the United States - and finding these patterns. There’s a problem here.

(I would prefer not to give out the name I was using then in public here, but if you’re interested, message me privately and I’ll see if I can get you links to the articles.)

Excuse me while I go stick my head in a bucket of water

19 10 / 2014







So far the response to the two GamerGate quotes I posted has actually been better than I expected - maybe I overestimated how many GooberGomers there are on tumblr - but I do have this one dude trying to tell me that the harassment of Wu is okay because she once called someone by an ableist slur.

That’s an absurd line of argument to pursue. 

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I didn’t say her harassment was justified, you fucking assuming piece of shit.

Just like feminist scum to jump to conclusions.

Okay, let’s reconstruct your line of thinking, then.

I post a Storify from Todd in the Shadows discussing how GamerGate collectively scorned his suggestion that he donate to Wu, Sarkeesian, and Quinn to prove that they condemn harassment. You suggested that he only pretends to be a feminist to get sex. I said that was stupid. You asked why else he would defend “people like this” and posted a screencap of a tweet by Wu using an ableist slur.

So. If you don’t think Wu deserves to be harassed by virtue of having used a slur, why does it surprise you that Todd would (to use your phrase) “defend” her? (I don’t really think he’s “defending” anyone so much as condemning a movement, but let’s stick with your framing for argument’s sake.)

Normally, when someone receives punishment they don’t deserve, it is considered good and proper to defend them. You are implying that Wu does not, to your mind, deserve her harassment. Yet you express incredulity at the proposition that Todd would defend her for anything but selfish reasons.

Can you reconcile these positions? They seem to me to be hopelessly at odds.

I post a Storify from Todd in the Shadows discussing how GamerGate collectively scorned his suggestion that he donate to Wu, Sarkeesian, and Quinn to prove that they condemn harassment.

No, he suggested that GamerGaters donate to them, even though they’re proven con artists and don’t deserve money. GamerGaters would much rather donate to respectable developers like TFYC.

You suggested that he only pretends to be a feminist to get sex.

His girlfriend is Lindsay Ellis, a feminist. If he says anything she doesn’t agree with of course she’s going to refuse sex, because feminists are closed-minded and despise opinions that deviate from their own.

So. If you don’t think Wu deserves to be harassed by virtue of having used a slur, why does it surprise you that Todd would (to use your phrase) “defend” her?

I was saying he’s blindly defending her just because she’s a feminist. That’s the very definition of a white knight. Blindly defending a feminist’s every action, whether their actions are good or bad, because they want sex or they’ve been brainwashed or they’re afraid they’ll look sexist if they dare disagree with a woman on something.

Your response is just a delightful cacophony of nonsense.

If your assumption that Todd only expresses his opinions to get sex was based purely on preexisting conceptions that “feminists are close-minded,” etc., then why did you bring up what Wu said as though it was in any way related to your comment?

If you don’t condone the harassment of Wu, why do you say that Todd is “blindly defending her?” If you think, as you imply but never outright said, that Wu doesn’t deserve to be driven from her home by abuse, why is it surprising to you that he would defend her from abuse?

I don’t actually expect a coherent response, but by all means, try to pretend like you aren’t just responding to everything I say with a barrage of mutually inconsistent proclamations.

" If he says anything she doesn’t agree with of course she’s going to refuse sex, because feminists are closed-minded and despise opinions that deviate from their own."

*literally crying with laughter at this point*