The Shift of the Spotlight
No, this is not about some new Dave Chappelle quote or comedy special where he talks about transgender or an encounter with a Katlyn Jenner. It’s about the new laws against transgenders in four states. The trans-community is getting all the attention talking the spotlight away from the Black Lives Matter and other Civil Rights causes.
All the white oxygen is getting sucked out of black American causes. The recent empathy still present, though eroded, left over in white Americans after the “summer of George Floyd” justice marches. These four governors are passing laws to stop trans people for getting support if they are under 26 (full adults) is just the start.
It does seem unfair if you are black. The number of black Americans is far greater than the number of trans people. For centuries laws in the South were aimed at keeping black Americans down and depressed, locked out of the white social political order, the schools, and the banks. Although “separate-but-equal” was used to describe this era after the Supreme Court Plessy decision of 1896, there really was no equality.
Post Plessy, schoolhouses for black Americans were, judging by all the pictures I’ve recently been looking at, sad, broken-down dilapidated structures (as compared today where inner-city majority black school are sad, broken-down dilapidated structures). When Martin Luther King Jr. was accepted to high school in Atlanta, there was only one black high school. I say “got accepted” as that one school could hold roughly 2,000 students and there were 200,000 of age black Americans. So, like he had a one per cent chance of going to that vastly underfunded dilapidated high school. Thank goodness he came from an educated household. In short, nowhere near equal, and barely approaching unequal, though definitely separate.
So yes, these recent laws and hatred of trans people is quite disturbing, threatening to displace black Americans from the number one place on the list of white supremacists. Never has so much of their hatred been focused on so few people. Black Americans were plentiful in the South especially, outnumbering in whites by far in many counties. In 55 counties, according to the census in the late 1800s, they were 75 percent or more of the…