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Brandi Martell. RIP.
Another day, another Black transwoman killed somewhere. and as a Daily Kos post noted, nobody gave a damn. Correction, nobady gave a damn except her friends, family and other Black transwomen and our allies around the country who are saying to themselves there but for the grace of God go I.
Hell, Paige Clay still hasn’t been buried yet in Chicago, and we’re talking about the murder of yet another one of our African descended transsisters. We now have to add 37 year old Brandy Martell’s name to the depressingly lengthening list of people whose names we’ll be lighting candles for and reading at the 2012 TDOR.
Martell according to a news report was shot to death April 29 in downtown Oakland at Franklin and 13th Street just a block from city hall while sitting behind the steering wheel of her car.
According to what a witness told Laura Anthony of ABC7, Martell was sitting behind the wheel of her car around 5:15 AM PDT Sunday when one or two men walked up and began a conversation that appeared cordial on the surface but a few moments later one of the men became angry and fired into the car at Martell.
Until late last year, Martell worked as an outreach worker at the Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, CA which serves the local trans community.
According to a note posted on my FB page courtesy of Tanajsha Thomas the homegoing service will take place on Wednesday May 9 at 11 AM PDT at C.P. Bannon Mortuary . Address for those of you in the Bay Area wishing to attend is 6800 International Blvd,. Oakland, CA. 94621.
“When you don’t provide a space in society for people who you think are the other or different, especially transgender women, especially transgender women of color, when you don’t provide spaces for them to be in a safe environment or a safe space, whether it’s socializing or services, this is what happens,” said Martell’s friend Tiffany Woods to ABC7.
Martell’s friends also suspect like we all do this murder is an anti-trans hate crime. But until the wastes of DNA who killed her are apprehended and brought to justice, all we have is suspicion, another famiily having to make burial arrangements for a loved one, and her friends and colleagues mourning the passing of someone who died way too fracking soon.
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
She correctly suggested that silicon, carbon, and other common metals seen in the Sun were found in about the same relative amounts as on Earth, but that helium and particularly hydrogen were vastly more abundant (by about a factor of one million in the case of hydrogen). Her thesis thus established that hydrogen was the overwhelming constituent of the stars. When her dissertation was reviewed, she was dissuaded by Henry Norris Russell from concluding that the composition of the Sun is different from the Earth, which was the accepted wisdom at the time. However, Russell changed his mind four years later when other evidence emerged. After Payne-Gaposchkin was proven correct Russell was often given the credit.
Fuck the patriarchy.
Black means beauty. It means big, brown eyes, bright and inquisitive, and full little lips pulled into a smile, and little fingers, reaching out for life, for hope, for you, for me, for the ball they’re playing with, the ice cream cone they’re wanting, for the exam their teacher is handing back, for their spouse, for the baby they just brought into this world, for their grandchild who is running up the stairs, eager to see them, for the cane leaning against the nightstand beside their bed. For wisdom, for knowledge, for fun, for sadness, for truth, for love, for justice. Reaching.
We’re always reaching. For hope. For life.
We shouldn’t have to reach for life.
We’re born with life. We’re given life. And yet we have to fight every day to hold on to that; that most basic of things: the right to let our lungs fill and empty of oxygen. Why?
Melanin. We have melanin. We have melanin that makes our skin brown, from a light cream to the darkest of browns, so rich it almost looks plum.
And it’s not fair. It kills me. It kills me that because of our skin color and features—because of our differences—we have to suffer. Our ancestors fought, and we’re still fighting. Our message is simple. What we want is simple. And yet, hundreds of years later, you still don’t get it. Even now, with Black people, young and old, being killed because white folks don’t care whether or not we die, you still don’t get it.
And iIt kills me that my beautiful little niece, only ten years old and passionate about chemistry and ballet and tennis and piano like me, will be viewed as a whore, just because she has brown skin to go with what will soon be curves.
It kills me that my other niece, only six, with a vocabulary more expanded than a Harvard grad student’s, will be seen as simple, will be given less than she deserves with no apologies. Just because she’s brown.
It kills me that my oldest nephew, only a few years younger than I, will be viewed as criminal when he’s done nothing wrong. It kills me that people will sit back in their smugness when they find out he had a baby as a teenager, because that’s what Black boys are meant to do. But fuck that. He’s not a boy. He’s a man. It kills me that people will never reognize or acknowledge that he married that girl. That he was and still is madly in love with her. That he takes care of his baby, and is a better father than most middle aged middle class men I have seen in my lifetime.
It kills me that the wonderful, strong, amazing, loving, intelligent Black individuals in my family and friends will be erased and replaced by fuzzy, messy silhouettes of who people think they’re supposed to be because of their skin, and it kills me that the precious Black babies in our family will grow up to meet the same fate.
It kills me to realize that people do that to me now. That I’m not a student at a quality private college with a job, a creative spirit, full of love and passion. That I’m not a young queer lady who isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life, who squeals over boys, who is afraid to come out, who hates math, but loves chemistry and biology, who wants to learn to sew but hasn’t the patience, yet can sit at a piano for 10 hours straight without realizing it. I’m not a lightweight who will be on the floor after three shots. I’m not giggly and a jokester who loves to make people laugh, and who feels her best when the people around her are smiling, but isn’t afraid to hurt their feelings when it comes to breaking out the truth about race. I’m not someone who loves their family to death, who would risk getting killed in a fight because someone dared to even look at her mother funny, or dared hurt—physically or emotionally—the babies in her family. I’m not a girl from a mixed family. I’m not Cherokee. I’m not Puerto Rican. I’m not Samoan. I’m not Tahitian.
I’m just a nigger.
I’m a thief. I’ve probably gotten pregnant. I probably have a kid, and if I do, I’m a single mom. I’m on welfare. I’m poor. I smack my lips. I shuck and jive. I’m sassy. I’m angry. I’m threatening, all 126 pounds of me. I might have gotten shot once. I speak in Ebonics, and won’t be what white folk deem to be “articulate.” If I’m what white folk deem to be “intelligent,” it’ll be a surprise. SURPRISE! I don’t live in the neighborhood I walk around in. I prolly smoke pot. I prolly do drugs. I prolly have exchanged sexual favors for money at least once in my life, and when I did, it was prolly with a man triple my age, and he’s prolly the man who got me pregnant and then left my undesirable, ugly Black ass. I’m loud, even tho I’m talking quieter than the white folks behind me. I’m someone to be afraid of.
Just a nigger.
Brown skin means you can’t do shit without someone thinking you’re a criminal. You can’t do shit without someone thinking you’re doing something wrong. You’re suspicious when you have brown skin.
I’m suspicious. My mom, the accountant, is suspicious. My dad, the electrical engineer and Reverend, is suspicious.
My sister, the scholar, is suspicious. My brother, who went to jail because his friends tricked him into a crime scene, is suspicious. My bro in law, an engineer, is suspicious.
My nieces and nephews aren’t suspicious yet. But they will be.
And then what? Then what will happen? What will happen to them, because y’all white people don’t get it? It’s so simple yet y’all don’t get it. Don’t ask me “what”. I won’t tell you what. We’ve been spelling it out for you for over 400 years and if you don’t get it by now, then that’s your own fault, and we are under no obligation to fix your bullshit. But what will become of my nieces and nephews and cousins? What will become of my mom, my dad, my siblings, my friends? What will become of the babies in my family, my precious babies, because you don’t get it? I don’t know. But I do know one thing: They will not hurt because of it. Never fought a day in my life, but there ain’t no one in this world threatening enough to keep me from fighting if I have to, to keep the people I love alive.
Because I will not
WILL NOT let them die because someone who doesn’t know them decided to mentally construct their characters and was ignorant enough to think their know-nothing opinion was actually true.
I will die, myself, before I let someone think of laying a hand on them, and I will take that person’s ass with me.
I’m reblogging because I think she is beautiful but I don’t agree with abortion on demand, that’s like saying fuck as many men as you want, get pregnant back to back, and kill your baby when you don’t want it. Birth control, I’m fine with that … abortion is a very debating subject for me. Based off the reasonable statistics shown and rates on why women are aborting their baby, I believe it’s straight wrong.
Abortion is a form of birth control - it prevents you from giving birth/controls when you do so.
It is okay to fuck however many people as you want to… Abortion on demand means it should be readily available and way more accessible than it is instead of having to jump through hoops to get one, not that you should use it as you would use the fucking pill.
Also, although not taking BC properly or at all is still a valid reason to get an abortion (because every reason is valid - it’s a personal, private decision), it’s not the only reason people have abortions. Abortion can literally save the pregnant persons life, it can prevent someone’s mental health from deteriorating, a pregnant person could have wanted the pregnancy and have bonded with that fetus but then found out the fetus developed a severe complication in the womb and the only option for them becomes abortion, even though they really wanted to carry it til term.
If it’s not your body, it’s not your choice or business to judge.
Abortion should be legal like cancer treatment is legal - It doesn’t matter how you got pregnant like it doesn’t matter how you got cancer, you still have the right to healthcare.
You wouldn’t tell a cancer patient they don’t deserve to have chemo just because they smoked for 40 years and that’s why they’ve developed lung cancer, would you? Don’t do it with reproductive healthcare then.
So yes, abortion on demand without apology because there are way too many reasons - reasons that aren’t for anyone else to judge - for people to have an abortion.
There are no babies involved in abortion by the way.
Once again, abortion is very wrong. Why should a human being decide to take the life of another because they don’t want to handle their fucking responsibilities! Sure it’s a fetus but just because a life inside of you is in it’s early stages of forming doesn’t give you the right to fucking get rid of it. You’re basically a murderer with “legal rights”, it’s wrong on so many levels. It’s not like the women having the abortions have all these medical reasoning to abort their babies, it’s plain and simple irresponsibility. I’m well aware of the health risks involved with certain women and pregnancy but you’re a damn fool if you truly think 3/4’s of these women have that problem.
- On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 3/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner (AGI).
Wow, so you can lay with however many men you’re fucking around with whether it’s one or not, who gives a fuck ; but you can’t be a woman or at least woman enough to take care of your own child that’s a result from your partner and the decision to have sex? IRRESPONSIBLE on SO MANY LEVELS. Even if you don’t want to take care if it, there’s so many programs and options you could use after birth of the pregnancy. Don’t give me that bullshit, that’s just a poor tired excuse to use over and over again. That excuse is so poorly driven the cloth is dissolving.
I’m proudly against abortion and believe it should only be used for valid reasons not bullshit that exceeds majorly when abortion is considered , this isn’t something to play around with, it’s a very serious case. How would you like it if someone played around with your life but you were too vulnerable to control it? I wonder why these people don’t mention the mental effects and long-term effects abortion has on many women? Oh, no one speaks of that do they? Exactly my point.
Pro-life! Not to mention the concrete biblical facts I’ll be oh so happy to pull for these “pro-choice” people… “No babies involved” study shows that 61.8% abortions are performed when the woman is less than 9 weeks pregnant. Given the fact that blood formation and brain development happens within the first few weeks, sorry honey but that’s just another sorry ass lie and excuse you’re using.
A human is a being and what you’re carrying inside of you is no less human than a baby that was birthed and should be treated as such.
Once again, you’re placing YOUR opinion on other peoples bodies and lives. Abortion is a form of healthcare, whether you like it or not. If it’s not your body the zygote/embryo/fetus/baby - whatever the fuck you want to call it - is using and developing inside of, then it’s none. of. your. business. Nothing, not even a human being (which a fetus is not until it is born, hence the “being” part - you’re not a being until you’re autonomously living), has the right to use your body against your consent. NOTHING trumps your right to autonomy/your own life.
The choice should be there for people to have abortions just like the choice to carry to term safely and deliver should be there. Just because you don’t agree with something personally doesn’t mean you have the right to limit another persons human rights (the right to govern their own body/access to healthcare).
I’m not even going into any of this further because 1. you’re using a historical book that contains laws that were only applicable to a civilization that were around thousands of years ago and 2. you’re using factually incorrect information about the development of the fetus to try and excuse your bigotry.
Come back to me when you’ve actually non-biased research.
Also, abortion doesn’t cause mental health issues, in fact it’s pregnancy that can be a cause.
”A human is a being and what you’re carrying inside of you is no less human than a baby that was birthed and should be treated as such. “
Really? Seriously? For real? They should be treated like a baby is treated just because they’re of the same species? No. Being human isn’t what makes you a person, being born is what makes you a person.
Wow, how stupid can you be? Abortion is every woman’s right. Whether or not you choose to take advantage of it, you have no right to tell me how to live my life. Stop slut shaming, and get something better to do with your time other than be an idiot, BronzedBombsh3ll. You’re a fucking idiot.
If an egg is not a chicken, and a seed is not a tree, then a zygote is not a human being. It’s very simple. If you choose not to get an abortion, by all means, don’t do it. But it’s not your place, job, or right to tell someone else what they can and cannot do.
Can we talk about this whole “Burn the witch!!!” mentality? Abortion is a form of birth control as in it controls birth by ending an unwanted pregnancy for any number of personal reasons. To me, this sign could also mean “I WILL NOT BE ASHAMED FOR MY LIFE CHOICES BECAUSE IT HURTS YOUR FEE FEE’S AND FORCES YOU TO QUESTION YOUR MORALS!”, and although the importance of practicing safe sex and the use of contraceptives should also be emphasized, some people do have mutiple abortions simply because they are in a position where seeking abortions on more than one occasion is easier than committing to a form of BC that they may be forced into not using, or forced into getting pregnant in the first place. Keep in mind that forced pregnancy is a form of abuse, and in these cases it may be damn near impossible for the victim to use BC in the first place without being harmed by their abuser.
MANY PoC have mutiple abortions, and I’m especially talking about lower income PoC who don’t have access to birth control or contraceptives in the first place because of institutionalized racism or are unable to use them privately (shame/abuse from spouse or family) and it IS much more realistic to seek abortion after abortion when an unwanted pregnancy occurs than to keep up with a routine of BC/Contraceptives that may end up killing them. For example, a PoC in an abusive relationship, who’s partner refuses to use protection in order to impregnate,humiliate or dehumanize (I’ve heard many abuse relationships referring to their spouse as a breeder, as in their only job is to “carry my children and clean the fucking house”) them, and is also unable to gain access to without fear of violent consequences from their spouse, ends up pregnant. It is much easier for them to seek out an abortion for single indcidences of unwanted pregnancies, rather than preventing them from the get-to because of reasons.
I feel like it is extremely classist and racist to assume that BC is the only way to control birth. Abortion is a way to control birth. There should be NO shame in someone seeking an abortion for an unwanted pregnancy multiple times throughout their life, and I feel it is important not to look over these incidences where PoC are most effected by and not shame them for their choice to seek multiple abortions.
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