A few readings from around the web on police violence and the intersection of race, gender, and gender identity in the wake of the Ferguson decision:
Black Girl Dangerous: Who's Lives Matter?: Trans Women of Color and Police Violence
"All over the United States, police and transgender people are often at odds, the result of decades of policing that did not stop crimes but enforced the unwritten laws of patriarchy and ensured social conformity. Black and/or Latinx transgender people often find ourselves the target of increased police hostility, because of white supremacist, transphobic policing being distinctly opposed to our continued existence."
The Feminist Wire: A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza
"It is appropriate and necessary for us to acknowledge the critical role that Black lives and struggles for Black liberation have played in inspiring and anchoring, through practice and theory, social movements for the liberation of all people. The women’s movement, the Chicano liberation movement, queer movements, and many more have adopted the strategies, tactics and theory of the Black liberation movement. And if we are committed to a world where all lives matter, we are called to support the very movement that inspired and activated so many more. That means supporting and acknowledging Black lives."
The Audre Lorde Project: Statement: Wake Up, Rise Up
"The murders of Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley and Eric Garner prove that Black lives are seen as dangerous and expendable. For those of us that are Queer, Trans, Black and People of Color, our bodies, our gender expression and who we love puts us further away from the "norms" and has falsely perceived us as the most threatening, less than human, and even more dangerous of all bodies."
Further reading on Ferguson and gender:
Colorlines: Black Feminists Respond to Ferguson
Pieces by Black feminist writers, scholars, educators, and activists.