Non si arresta l’ondata di violenze e disordini negli Stati Uniti a seguito dell’omicidio di George Floyd, soffocato il 25 maggio da un poliziotto a Minneapolis. E a esserne vittime anche le persone transgender.
Il 27 maggio agenti di polizia hanno sparato e ucciso a Tallahassee, in Florida, il 38enne afroamericano FtM Tony McDade. Il 1° giugno, invece, proprio a Minneapolis la 21enne afroamericana Iyanna Dior è stata assalita e brutalmente picchiata da una trentina di persone in una stazione di benzina.
Il video dell’efferato pestaggio è stato rilanciato da due figure di spicco del movimento trans statunitense, la scrittrice, presentatrice televisiva, produttrice Janet Mock e l’artista Hope Giselle, che hanno invitato a reagire ricordando come «tutte le vite nere siano importanti».
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Iyanna Dior. Sis, you’re still standing. I praise and uplift you. I’m sending you the strength of your sisters still standing too — and the ones who no longer could. They deserve rest, and we speak their names too. Iyanna, you are a black trans woman. What a gift! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Sis. I’m sorry. I’m so fucking sorry. They didn’t have to come after you. But they did. There’s no fucking excuse for their brutality, their dangerous ignorance, their fragile masculinity. That shit been killing us. To be brutally attacked and called out your name while a crowd of your brothers and siblings look on….I’m so sorry sis. My heart aches for you. But we got you sis. You’re gonna heal. You rest now. Let us carry what you can’t right now. You deserve rest and peace. We’re showing the fuck up. Our fight for black lives will not be in sacrifice of you or our sisters. We must stop centering cisgender heterosexual men and their needs. We will not ignore the violence some of these men enact on you, our sisters’ and our siblings’ lives. If Black lives matter then Black trans lives should matter as well. We are here. We been here. We need our black cisgender siblings to roll up RIGHT NOW. You ain’t no ally. You are family. We are your family. Speak Iyanna Dior’s name — all our names — just as much as we’ve been screaming yours. We love y’all. We show up for y’all. Now show up for us. #blacklivesmatter #iyannadior #girlslikeus UPDATE: Iyanna’s previous CashApp username $NajaBabiie is not working. She’s verified that her updated CashApp is $IyannaDIO (those are uppercase i). I’d also recommend donating funds to grassroots trans orgs: @tgijustice @mpjinstitute @sylviariveralawproject @youthbreakout @translatinacoalition to name a few.
Iyanna Dior a black trans woman was beaten yesterday by a crowd of over 30 people over a fender bender. Black men I don’t have it in me to write a long post cishet Black women i don’t have it In me to reprimand you all either. DO BETTER #allblacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/SmKutbPGbi
— HopeGiselle (@HopeDisguised) June 2, 2020