Part of the trans struggle is having a hard time picturing when you’ll ever feel okay in your own skin. It’s times like this that I gotta remind myself that... I’ve come a long way. And that’s enough to celebrate.
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The day white society tricked my ancestors into thinking they are free.
As everyone knows this day is now considered a federal holiday. Which is a complete slap in the face. They are now deciding to profit off of me and many black folks hard work in the organizing community. While folks who are employed, low income, marginalize have to continue to work. Not only is this classist it’s definitely racist. It’s extremely performative of them and quite frankly tokenizing off of a holiday that was meant for us. Not only did slavery continue after it was made illegal to enslave my ancestors they continue forcing labor on to my people. Nothing is happy about this day. It’s actually traumatizing asf and not too many folks know this, but, a lot of us who are spiritual tend to connect to our ancestors specifically on that day.
Many of us cook dishes that represent our heritage. The fact they made it a federal holiday is disgusting. Why now? It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing people are recognizing our day as an actual holiday but sadly only for them to use. Before Biden was elected Trump tried to win my people’s votes by using our day as some type of incentive if we voted him. Making our day a federal holiday is not a treat. You don’t wave around the day that my people were suppose to be free on. That’s so taunting. And what happened ? They made it a federal holidays To continue on top of that schools across the country are rallying about teaching critical race theory. How is that they want to be pro black yet are protesting to teach accurate black history ? Make it make sense. The proclamation of emancipation did not apply to folks like me. July 4th 1776 was white America’s freedom. June 19th 1866 my people’s “freedom” nearly a century. These folks failed to tell my people they were free. They had to just figure it out that’s fucked up. Let me not fail to mention the prison/ police industrial complex is legalized slavery.
The fight doesn’t stop here. So please do not eat up this lame ass performative gesture they are making.
If you’re truly an ally to the cause and understand how much this breaks mine and many other black people’s hearts. You should like to be generous to us. Redistribute funds or even donate funds to black folks today and everyday.
Nothing is happy about Juneteenth.
Non black folks stand up and lift my people up. Put us at the forefront.
Please help out by sending me reparations today !! I’m a black trans woman who’s in need of funds to survive this fucked up economy.
All funds go towards gender affirming care, my son and my chosen family.
Help comes in many forms and ways. If you would like to make a trans woman’s live flourish has much as possible you can donate to me directly. Subscribe to my OF if that’s your thing 😉or send funds to my GoFundMe 🥺🙏🏾
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