Once again we have another example of what non-white TBLGQ community members complain about when we note that being gay is far too often centred in whiteness and white privilege.
And once again we received a reminder of it.
Over the weekend a picture of a Trump supporter surfaced sporting a bumper sticker on their vehicle that combines homophobia and racism. It shows a Confederate flagged stick figure kicking a rainbow flagged stick figure with the words ‘Trump 2016’ under it.
That Trump sticker by itself was foul enough, but it resulted in someone coming up with a graphic combating it that is a nonstarter for TBLGQ people of color.
So what’s the problem with this forgiveness graphic at the top of this post? Plenty
The Confederate flag is not only the banner of white supremacy, it was the battle flag for a failed armed rebellion that fought a treasonous war against the federal government to ensure that people who share my African heritage would stay perpetually enslaved to them.
That Confederate flag also became during the African American Civil Rights Movement the permanent symbol of resistance to defiant Southerners and white supremacist hate groups opposed to ending Jim Crow segregation.
There is no hugging or forgetting the fact that these white supremacists wish for me and my people to not exist, and me being unapologetically trans also heightens their hatred as the Klan anti-trans recruiting leaflets popping up back in Maydemonstrates.
It’s also an intersectionality fail in that it cluelessly fails to acknowledge that flag’s negative history, and also make the connection that for Black trans, bi and same gender loving people, that flag is as odious to us as the Nazi swastika banner.
And I ask the obvious question, when did non-white BTLGQ people get erased as being part of this community?
It is not incumbent upon the people who are being oppressed to forgive their oppressors. That’s where this graphic fails.