One of the things I thought about on the plane ride home and has been bothering me as I observe the media coverage in this fight to kill SB 3 is that as of yet, I have not seen ANY media outlet attempt to talk to Texas Black trans people, the Dallas based Black Trans Advocacy or even Black legislators in Austin concerning their thoughts about this unjust legislation.
And why is that Texas media? Have you bought into the myth that the only time mine or the opinions of Black trans people are valid is when we are murdered, and that only white TBLGQ people or leaders of white led organizations are qualified to talk about pending legislation?
As Kandice Webber, a BLM-Houston organizer said to me in a recent conversation about the start of the Special Oppression Session and the anti-trans legislation, “I am not surprised at all. They create these horrible bills that rip our lives apart and then talk to everyone but us about it.”
“They talk around us as if our blackness doesn’t matter. Black trans women are under full scale attack by Dan Patrick. SB3 threatens black lives too but all we see is white trans women I’ve never heard of and the occasional Latino person. This state constantly reinforces what we already know. They do not care about Black people. That’s why it’s so important for us to care about ourselves and stand together against this legislative oppression, ” she continued.
And yes, Texas media, did you also not consider or even think about the fact that 18 members of the Texas Legislature share my ethnic heritage?
The Texas Legislative Black Caucus, chaired by Rep Helen Giddings, (D-Dallas) is comprised of 16 members of the Texas House representing Austin, Beaumont, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, and two senators in Royce West (D-Dallas) and Borris Miles (D-Houston)
The Texas Legislative Black Caucus also has the longest serving member of the Texas House in Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) as a member, and TLBC chair Rep Helen Giddings is vice chair of the House State Affairs Committee, where SB 3 will probably land once it has cleared the Texas Senate.
Translation: Many of these Texas Black legislators are or will be key players in this special session.
So yes, as a fourth generation transgender Texan, I’d like to know and believe Texans would like to know where the Texas Black community’s legislative representatives in Austin stand, and what their thoughts and opinions are concerning SB 3.
We damned sure hear far too much from Dan Patrick, his assorted white evangelical haters and any unknown kneegrow sellout Black minister that agrees with them
How about the novel approach of actually talking to Texas Black trans people like myself? How about talking to our Black Texas state reps and senators? How about interviewing the parents of Black trans children, the people of Black Transmen, Inc (BTMI) and Black Transwomen, Inc. (BTWI) who are in the crosshairs of this oppressive legislation?
Last tome I checked, BTMI and BTWI were based in Dallas, and have an annual convention every April in Dallas.
How about ending the media erasure of Black Texans voices concerning this unjust legislation period?