“If you are silent about your pain, they will kill you and say you enjoyed it.” — Zora Neale Hurston
This is a letter from one cis-brother to another.
The history of black oppression is defined not only by the stories we share, but by the stories we silence. At the core of the movement for black lives are the stories of the victims of state-sanctioned violence. We must repeatedly show the body of evidence of our oppression by highlighting the literal black “bodies” the state has destroyed. Yet time and time again, the stories of black cis men have been highlighted, their narratives uplifted while the narratives of black women were added as an afterthought. This violent act of erasure for black women generally is compounded for black trans women, who are surviving on the intersection of too many systems of interlaced oppression.
Read the full article at the Advocate.