White people get to do things black people don’t get to do. Elvis been dead fifteen years, people still see him. You never hear somebody say, “I just saw Marvin Gaye! He was at the mall. Well, you know, I heard it through the grapevine!”
From the 07.13.2016 edition of FNC's The Kelly File:
D.L. HUGHLEY: I didn’t know Mark Fuhrman was going to be here.
MEGYN KELLY (HOST): What did you make of that, because you’re shaking your head?
HUGHLEY: I think that cops have a different perspective than us, and I think it was interesting to hear Mark Fuhrman, who was actually, got in trouble for perjuring himself, call somebody a liar. It’s ridiculous.
HUGHLEY: We were talking about the young man that just got murdered in Minnesota.
KELLY: And the rush to judgment and the assumption you know something when you don’t actually know it.
HUGHLEY: Well first off, what I’ll tell you is this. It is not uncommon for you all to see one thing. The only place racism doesn’t exist is Fox News and the police department.
KELLY: Come on.
HUGHLEY: That’s the only place. That’s absolutely true.
KELLY: That’s insulting. You just insulted millions of people watching this channel.
HUGHLEY: And you know what? I’m insulted by the things I hear on this network, so we’re even. I could care less about insulting people that insult me on a daily basis.
HUGHLEY: I think a lot of people on this network have never seen a black man they didn’t think deserved it.
Okay, so a few days ago Caitlyn Jenner won some sort of award, and people were pissed because a veteran didn’t get it instead, I was expecting that, honestly.
It’s still morning where I am, so it took me awhile to realize what I was seeing when I read one of the articles. D. L. Hughley, who I guess is some sort of comedian said that she didn’t deserve the award -
cool, that’s fine, that’s your opinion, mate.
However, in the Los Angele’s article I read, he says that she’s pretty in a Mrs. Doubtfire kind of way.
But wait, it gets better:
“In the last month, we had the media telling us that Caitlyn Jenner was
beautiful and that Serena Williams looks like a man,” he said. “That was
a little weird to me. The man looks like a woman, but the woman looks
like a man. That’s ridiculous. Serena Williams is the most beautiful
thing I’ve ever seen on a tennis court, and Bruce Jenner looks like
every P.E. teacher I ever had.”
People in the media were saying that about Serena Williams, and they have for years, and it’s totally fucked up and rude - people do say that she looks like a man, which is definitely sexist. I agree with Hughley, that’s not cool of the media, and she’s fucking gorgeous.
But that doesn’t mean you get to tear someone else down and be transphobic in order to build someone else up.
I get it, you didn’t want Caitlyn to get the award, but that’s no excuse to say that she looks like a man, and completely ignore the fact that she IS a woman. I would argue that he’s acting similarly to the people in the media that are saying that Serena looks like a man, just because she’s ripped as fuck and could probably snap a person in half.
Honestly, I don’t care that much for Caitlyn Jenner. Like she said in her speech, she can deal with bullshit thats thrown at her. She knows that she has a lot of privilege, and that she can take it.
But the truth is, a lot of the trans community isn’t. Not all of us are white or have a lot of money, or a supportive family. There aren’t a lot of statistics, but the life expectancy of a trans person is somewhere around the mid 30s - and at least 25 trans people are murdered a year. In America.
So how the fuck do you think kids and other trans individuals feel when someone else in the community, who’s famous and has a lot of privilege is still insulted with transphobia every few weeks?
We have to remember that people like Caitlyn and Laverne Cox, whether they like it or not, are both symbols, and templates for how people react to members of the trans community, and if they aren’t respected, how can we expect our kids and other members of the community to feel safe, or like they have a chance of being accepted for who they are.
Honestly, there are not a lot of resources or information databases about trans statistics, so if anyone finds any other sites please send me a link via message or something <3