Despite the awful backlash against Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s comments, which were honest, thoughtful and still respectful to actually trans woman (despite what reactionaries think) from her Chanel 4 interview; I am heartened to see more and more black women wake up to this silencing and rewriting of womanhood by extreme trans activists.
Chimamanda is a black west African feminist from a developing country, who fights for women and girls. She raises awareness on so many issues yet people are on a witch hunt to discredit all her work due to her correct assessment that trans women are trans women; that they experience male socialisation and privilege before transition and that they have different experiences than women born women. Really? Why is this such a hard concept to process and automatically means that you are denying trans women being trans women and are transphobic?
I am really glad that so many black women world wide are finally having their peak trans moment with this incident and seeing how utterly ridiculous it can get. I really saw a white woman lecture a black woman saying she had privilege over white trans women and that the black woman needed to “check her privilege”, “stop talking” and “listen” to trans women. This was in a black space as well. It was delicious to see the black woman cuss her out. Black women stay fighting everyone’s battle but their own, and slowly we’re realising enough is enough.