BLM Statement: It’s Time! Putting The T Back In Black

In case some of you were wondering if #BlackTransLivesMatter to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, based on this statement and a previous comment from BLM co-founder Alicia Garza, the answer would be an emphatic YES!

The ‘T’ has always been part of the Black community.  It’s just taking some people time to let that concept sink into their nappy headed craniums.

But I’ll let you TransGriot readers peruse it for yourselves.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2015
It’s Time! Putting the T Back in Black

It
is time we accept that state sanctioned violence is much more than
police brutality. In the wake of 5 beautiful trans women losing their
lives, just last week alone, we are full of grief. These terrible
happenings are a result of the many factors that place black trans women
in so much risk just by leaving our homes, if we even have homes to
begin with. It is far past the time to shut shit down for black trans
folks the same way we shut shit down for cis black men.

Black
trans women have consistently resisted against anti blackness,
patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and white supremacy by
being a model of unapologetic truth. Black resistance doesn’t belong to
just one group of black people it belongs to us all. We believe that in
order to get free we must all get free. Black trans folks getting free
isn’t up for debate.

We
ask that you commit to learning the names of your sisters who have been
murdered. We ask that you learn the names of your sisters who are
fighting for your lives just as much as we are fighting for ours. We
need more from our black cis counterparts. We need you to show up for
the simple fact that black people are dying at the hands of this
violence. When a black trans woman’s body is found burned in a field,
and there is no outrage from the community, it sends the message to us,
and to everyone else that there is no value in our existence. That black
trans women are fair game.


#BlackLivesMatter
has consistently been supportive and in collaboration with black trans
folks and especially with Black trans women. We have spent time
developing principles,developing analysis,and creating deep practice
that is full of love. There’s no action without practice. The time has
come for us to practice what we have created. The time is now to resist
in honor of Marsha P. Johnson. Islan Nettles. Cemia Dove. Amber Monroe.
Penny Proud. Ashley Sherman and so many others. The time is now to join
#BlackLivesMatter in action as we celebrate our sisters who are living-
the very sisters who have fought next to us to sustain this declaration
that has been heard around the world.

We
don’t show up and show out for cis black people for accolades, or to
insure that they show up for us. We have shown up for cis black folk
because we know “that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice
everywhere.” We show up for cis black folk because as a black person, we
know that if they will kill my siblings, they will kill us. We have
shown up for black cis people when black cis people are contributing to
the violence we face as black trans women. We have shown up for Black
cis folk when the face of violence for a black trans woman is often a
black cis man. No longer can we move through society ashamed of the
trans people who come from us. Before we were trans, before we were
queer, before we were anything we were black. Our Black Lives Matter
whether you are ashamed or not.

The creation of #SayHerName
was not just a hashtag, it is a call to action. It is the demand that
we hold space for our most marginalized. We urge that in our time of
great collective grief, we take the time to process and feel but also
uplift the black trans women who are still living. Reach out to your
black trans sisters, remind us that we are loved and sustain that love
through service to our empowerment. Be with us in protecting black trans
lives. Build community with black trans women. Uplift black trans
leadership. Extend humanity and love to black trans women. Be with us
and be of service. We might as well stop fighting, if we can’t show up
for the people in our community who need us the most.


We
have all been called to take bold direct action by black trans women.
That action is more than a retweet or share of the names of black trans
women who have been murdered but to organize with vigor in solidarity.
We are calling for support from all #BlackLivesMatter chapters,and all
black organizers committed to black liberation to join us in our fight
towards liberation this Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 6pm PST/ 9pm EST
for a National Call of Solidarity to take action for our lives. Please
register for the call using this link:

https:// myaccount.maestroconference.com/register/6XEVMRMZ0H206MHW

In Black Revolutionary Love,

Elle Hearns, Ahya Simone, Aaryn Lang
Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi

#BlackLivesMatter

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