As jockeys who weren’t black saw African-American jockeys making a good living off of horse-racing, Murphy was an example of someone who became “a victim of his own success,” says Pellom McDaniels III, author of The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy and an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. In the 1890 season, Murphy was accused of being an alcoholic and drunk on the back of a horse. McDaniels says that, in his research, he discovered that Murphy was actually drugged.
Many black jockeys were sabotaged, to the point where, by the early 20th century, they were becoming more of a rarity in the sport. Jimmy Winkfield was the last African-American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, in 1902, and he ended up going to Europe and making a name for himself in Russia, France and Germany.
Former slaves and immediate descendants knew the horses and took care of them, naturally becoming jockeys.
Black jockeys were making way too much money and white people wanted in.
Black jockeys were drugged and sabotaged, and now there are no more Black jockeys.
The older I get, the more amazed I am that these little nuggets of America Ain’t Shit keep crossing my path. Things I never even imagined just weaving themselves into the tapestry of white men doing whatever they could to keep every other group underfoot.
We now have data showing what (most) LGBTQ people believe to be true: Under the Trump administration, the majority of us feel less safe than we did when Barack Obama was president.
A survey of more than 800 LGBTQ Americans showed that almost 2/3 of them feel less safe now. 66% said there is “a lot” of discrimination against LGBTQ people. More numbers from the TIME roundup:
The poll of self-identified members of the LGBT community also found growing cynicism about the nation. In a previous poll fielded two months after the 2015 Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage , SurveyMonkey found that 93% of LGBT respondents thought society’s level of acceptance would improve in the coming decade. That number has fallen to 83% in June of this year, according to the new poll, and the intensity has flagged. The number of respondents who said society would be “a lot” more accepting in the next 10 years dropped from 54% to 34%. […]
The poll respondents also said they have faced different treatment since the election. When asked if they had been treated differently because of their sexuality or gender identity since Trump took office, 37% said yes.
I know what everyone’s gonna say: Water is wet. We don’t need a survey to know this. Etc etc. But this is something I haven’t said previously and that many of you (thankfully) called me on: We do need surveys like this, because data sticks and serves as important support for our cause. Anecdotes don’t always add up to a trend. Numbers do. The more research we can point to in illustrating why this administration is so dangerous and toxic to our wellbeing – especially if we can get it recorded somewhere important – the better.
In a new survey from LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD, conducted by Harris Poll, those open minds are reflected in the numbers: 20% of millennials say they are something other that strictly straight and cisgender, compared to 7% of boomers.
[E]xperiences of trans men can provide a unique window into how gender functions in American society. […]
Over and over again, men who were raised and socialized as female
described all the ways they were treated differently as soon as the
world perceived them as male. They gained professional respect, but lost
intimacy. They exuded authority, but caused fear. From courtrooms to
playgrounds to prisons to train stations, at
work and at home, with friends and alone, trans men reiterated how
fundamentally different it is to experience the world as a man. […]
“All of a sudden, I’m the golden child,” [Dana Delgardo] says. “I have been with this company for 6 years, no ever recommended me for management. Now I’m put into a managerial position where I could possibly be a regional director.” […]
“If I start to get too close, I can feel her fear, I can feel that she’s
getting upset,” says Milan. “And it’s really just an indication of how
dangerous this world is for women.”