Marriage Equality

Yes, I am thrilled that marriage equality is now the law of the land (well, except for the numb nuts in Texas, apparently).
Marriage (patriarchal, property-oriented institution that it is) affords access to a realm of benefits (that shouldn't be associated only with marriage! - but I digress) and is recognized by society in very specific ways that are important to many.
BUT I wish for a day in which the least among us is given the most consideration. So no, I am not a curmudgeon for tempering my joy at this small step toward equality by acknowledging that there is ‪#‎MoreThanMarriage. Marriage equality doesn't meet the needs of queer homeless youth, for example (who are overrepresented in the homeless population). Workplace protections are lacking, the sheer amount of violence faced by trans women of color is daunting, the sexual abuse endured by trans women in detention is frightening. The whiteness and homonormativity of the movement for marriage equality steps on the backs of and silences those who are fighting to survive and be heard. There is more than the rainbow currently permits or promotes.
 
‪#‎BlackLivesMatter ‪#‎TransLivesMatter

TITLE HERE: Black Lives Matter - Intersectionality?

Police violence, use of excessive force, and profiling against Asian communities, particularly Southeast Asian and South Asian communities is well-documented. For so many communities, this is an intersectional issue around a variety of factors, including class, language, mental illness, community trauma, race, religion, and so much more.

Yet again, NO INDICTMENT from a grand jury. So we can't even question the decisions that led to throwing a flash bang grenade into a residence and permanently maiming a baby?

 

‪#‎BlackLivesMatter ‪#‎SolidarityMatters ‪#‎POCLivesMatter

TITLE HERE: #BlackLivesMatter

There was video evidence. The police officer used a banned chokehold. The asthmatic murder victim repeatedly said, "I can't breathe." Police and paramedics apparently made no attempt to revive the victim. But NO INDICTMENT. This is the same city, years ago, that had the Abner Louima and Amadou Diallo cases. But this isn't about NYC. This is about the fact that this is a disease, this is endemic. That the police officer will never stand trial to face charges. That another life (a Black life, to be specific) is lost to the U.S. injustice system.

 

"A video shot by an onlooker and widely viewed on the Internet showed the 43-year-old Garner telling a group of police officers to leave him alone as they tried to arrest him.

 

Officer Pantaleo responded by wrapping his arm around Garner's neck in an apparent chokehold, which is banned under NYPD policy. The heavyset Garner, who had asthma, was heard repeatedly gasping, "I can't breathe!" A second video surfaced that showed police and paramedics appearing to make no effort to revive Garner while he lay motionless on the ground. He later died at a hospital." - Associated Press

 

And not that I should have to say it, but this is NOT about individual police officers. This is about the institution of law enforcement and the judicial system. Just like critiquing White supremacy (patriarchy; heteronormativity) is not about individual White people (men; heterosexuals), but rather, an oppressive system that some are subjugated to and others benefit from.

 

‪#‎BlackLivesMatter