It is my sad duty to inform you once again that another Black trans woman has been murdered, this time in Tampa, FL.
25 year old India Clarke’s body was found after the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call at 9 AM EDT this morning from an employee at the University Area Community Centerlocated at 14013 N. 22nd Street. The employee reported that a deceased body waslying next to the basketball courts.
Clarke was last seen alive by her parents at their home on Sundayand as usual, the local media violated the AP standards for respectfully covering trans people by misgendered her. Eric Glasser of WTSP-TV took his disrespectful reporting a step further by not only misgendering India, but putting her chosen name in quotation marks, and aggravatingly injecting an old arrest.into this story.
Do you media peeps do that crap to white women and white people in general who are murdered? I doubt it. So why do you media peeps continueto racistly disrespect the lives of Black trans people by doing that BS?
If you live in the Tampa area, please pass along any updates concerning this case, arrest of suspects or pending funeral arrangements so I can post them on the blog.
India is now the tenth trans woman murdered in 2015, and what is pissing me off is that once again, the murdered trans person in question not only shares my ethnic background, but is under 30..
Once again I ask the question of my African-American cis brothers and sisters? When will #BlackTransLivesMatter? When will your trans brothers and sisters see ministers and politicians decry the loss of these lives as loudly as you do for cisgender Black people?
Detectives are asking for anyone with any information to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.
My condolences to your family and friends who loved you. Rest in power and peace, India.
TransGriot Update: A candlelight vigil in Clarke’s memory is planned for Friday, 8 PM EDT at Lykes Gaslight Square in Tampa.