One of the things I’m really getting sick of along with the Black trans community is Black cis folks acting like we Black trans folks don’t exist. The latest to fall into this trap is rapper Waka Flocka Flame, who opened mouth and inserted foot in it while on the syndicated The Breakfast Club radio show in New York on Friday
He went on a rantduring the interview attacking Caitlyn Jenner as an ‘affront to God’ and then kept going to attack the entire trans community.
The transphobic comments start at the 9:15 mark
‘Transgenders, they’re marketing evil, man” he said on air before he went on to accuse the trans community of ‘doing the devil’s work’ and as a test of society that we needed to ‘outbeat’.
Back in the day there were church folk that claimed (and still do) that rap music was ‘marketing evil’. If you’re so concerned about the culture. then you and your fellow rappers as people who have negatively contributed to the culture you decry need to stop disrespecting women in your alleged recordings and go back to producing rap music that uplifts the community.
Not gonna hold my breath that will happen anytime soon.
And speaking of ‘rebellions against God’, by you having tattoos and long braided hair, you are hypocritically doing the same thing you falsely accused trans people of.
And before you start trying to Bible beat trans folks, I suggest you read Matthew 19;12, Acts 8:26-40, Isaiah 56:5 and Galatians 3:28 for starters.
Comments like yours also amp up the anti-trans hate in the Black community that lead to anti-trans violence and murder of our people. Of the 20 trans people that have been murdered this year, 14 have been Black, and 10 of those murders were trans women under age 40.
By the way, Waka Flocka Fool, in case you didn’t know it, and based on that radio interview you don’t, there are millions of transpeople around the world not named Caitlyn Jenner, and surprise surprise, some of them are Black.
We did not lose our Black cards when we transitioned, and many of those Black trans folks are doing amazing things and have been part of the kente cloth fabric of our community for over a century. In addition to New York Times best selling authors, Emmy Award nominated actresses, and a GLAAD award nominated blogger, we have doctors, lawyers, college professors, athletes, models, classically trained singers, soldiers and parents raising kids in our ranks.
All we want to do is live our lives to the best of our ability and contribute our talents to uplifting the Black community without drama. But far too many of you are bringing the faux faith based negativity and drama to us instead of hitting Google and educating yourselves about our lives.
If you make negative transphobic comments on a 100,000 watt radio station, we trans people who are negatively impacted by those comments have no other choice but to infer about you based on those comments that you are a transphobic idiot.
You cannot claim Waka Flocka Flame you have ‘nothing against transgender people’ after you spew transphobic comments in a Friday radio interview and then say you stand by those comments.
I’m not a fan of judgmental rappers who seem to think they know more about trans lives than the folks who actually live them and the scientists who have done decades of research about them. We trans folks are superheroes and supersheroes just for getting up in the morning and living our lives to the best of our ability in a world that irrationally hates on us.
And Waka Flocka Flame, giving a half-assed non apology apology doesn’t erase the real damage those The Breakfast Club comments unleashed to the psyche of a child or person in our community struggling with gender identity issues.
Hate thoughts + hate speech = hate violence, and those comments can lead to a trans kid being bullied at school, suicide or to a trans adult who has to deal with the real threat of anti-trans violence fueled by the anti-trans hate speech of you and your buddies in the rap world. .
I am what God made me, an unapologetically Black trans woman, proud of being both Black and trans. If you don’t like that, tough. I don’t give a rat’s anus whether you do or not. But what I will not stand for as a longtime advocate for the human rights of trans people for nearly two decades is you and other misguided Black people demonizing the trans community, and by extension, African descended trans people without calling your behind out on it because our Black trans lives matter too.
#WeExist, and it’s because of unnecessary transphobic comments like yours that our lives are a struggle.
So Waka Flocka Flame, shut the fucka uppa and have several sections of seats at Madison Square Garden when you do so.