CeCe McDonald, the young black transgender woman who accepted a plea deal and pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month will be incarcerated by the state of Minnesota as a male. McDonald was arrested after she stabbed a white male who was part of a group of that physically and verbally attacked her with transgender and racial slurs.
The plea agreement calls for a sentence of three years and five months in prison, according to the Star Tribune.
Upon sentencing, McDonald, 24, will be taken into custody by the state Department of Corrections and housed as a male “because he is being housed as a male with Hennepin County,” corrections spokeswoman Sarah Russell told the Star Tribune on Monday. “We will intake him as a male at St. Cloud prison.”
Russell went on to add the state will make its own determination of McDonald’s gender.
“We will assess him as any other offender would be assessed,” Russell said. “The assessments include, but are not limited to, screening for potential vulnerability to sexual assaults, tendencies to act out with sexually aggressive behavior and any disabilities” as defined by federal law.
I already expected that CeCe was going to be sent to a male prison, having read about this incredible likelihood. Therefore, appalled and angered by it as I am, I wasn’t shocked. So my first reaction was how incredibly disrespectful and oppressive it was that she was being referred to here as a man with male pronouns.
But the thing is that the violence — looking at sexual assault rates in prison, especially those against trans women, I mean “violence” in the most literal sense possible — of sending her to a male prison cannot be justified through the use and display of respect. To refer to CeCe properly would be to show that they don’t really believe she is a man, and they don’t really believe she belongs in a male prison. To call her “she” would be to render this call indefensible and inhumane. It would be an admission of who she really is, and therefore of what they’re really doing.
Which is to say simply that the violence and oppression of the prison industrial complex REQUIRES further violence and oppression in order to justify and perpetuate its existence. It doesn’t just stop with one offense, for further are needed to give it the illusion of acceptability and/or to cover it up.
Awesome. Cathy (bug) Brennan has decided to start referring to me by my old name
This might be.. “fun”. I’m curious what else she wants to drag up.
I’m betting she’s going to try to drag up other pre-transition info.
This is what happens when you stand up to a transphobe. This is what happens when you stand up for another trans woman.
I’m trans. I’m proud. I know who the fuck I am, and how I treat people. They accuse me of being a creep and running roughshod over women, who I hate(?). I’m not the one attempting to drag out people’s personal info in an attempt to hurt them. It’s not the first time she’s done this either.
I. Will. Not. Go. Away.
Cathy, you should be ashamed of yourself.
Bug needs to die in a fire.
jesus, what is it, Simple Bitch Day?????
this absolutely wrong and fucked up. is there anything we can do?
TW cissexism & transmisogyny
that is really gross and really scary. are you organizing with these people? or do you work with them?
It was at an event that I staffed/organized for my job (a promo event for a memoir we are publishing)
There were some problematic elements in some of the performances that I felt really sad/nauseous about, and didn’t know how to address because I was photographing the event and I was like, uh, I’m not going to sit here and photograph you while you talk about how much you love MitchFest… and I was like, okay, after the event go talk to that person and tell them they fucking suck. But then there was a roundtable discussion that basically just turned into a white supremacist cissexist and transmisogynist hatefest where people from the audience took the mics and used words like “dispicable” “horrifying” “mutilation” “hidden rapists” “repugnant” “everything i am fighting against” etc etc to talk about trans people. And I was about to do/say something and take the mics and whatever but then this person started going on this rant against hormone therapy and my head started spinning really badly and my heart was pounding out of my chest and I felt like I was going to pass out and my coworker looked at me and said, “you don’t have to be here if you don’t feel safe!” and I said “i can’t do this!” and she said, “go go go go!” and I basically threw my camera at her and ran out and chainsmoked and screamed a lot and tried not to throw up. And then I witnessed a pedestrian get hit by a car, and it was extremely terrible and there were like a million cops and ambulences and I couldn’t leave because my keys were backstage and the event was still happening so I just like, kept sitting and shaking and freaking out and was totally not able to go and talk to any of the people and tell them they are despicable wastes of space.
I feel so fucked up about it that I don’t even know where to start, I feel mostly damaged and fucked up over all the beautiful awesome trans folks who came to our event and sat through that. I had friends who stayed inside the event and said the conversation just continued to get worse. I know that I needed to get up and leave but I wish so badly I had been able to throw down.
The rest of the staff were really angry and upset too but were totally cis about the situation and didn’t cut people off, didn’t stop people from saying anything, didn’t throw down or correct or call out. They came outside to see me and told me they were sorry but the whole thing felt like, “Oh no, we offended our one employee who is transgender! The problem is that Shaun was upset, not that these VIOLENT ASSHOLES said the kind of shit that makes trans people kill themselves”!
And my boss just emailed me asking to talk to me/support me/do something to rectify the situation… which is like okay cool I guess that’s nice? but there were so many trans people in that space who probably went home with the biggest pit in their stomach and pain in their hearts and its like oh cool we deal with this ALL THE FUCKING TIME and our organization just facilitated **yet another** space where we are shat on/devaluated/made to feel like horrible human beings… I feel responsible because I am a staff member of the org that put on the event and I just feel so complicated levels of awful
idk i am going to write an email with all of the feelings and send it to my boss/the executive director and idk be like “y’all need to be held publicly accountable for this shit” HOPE SOMETHING WORKS OUT IDEK
that is so fucked up on so many different levels. it’s so disturbing and disgusting they see it as a problem of a couple of trans folk being offended, rather than a problem of a bunch of cissupremacists going on unchecked and unquestioned hate speeches.
i am so angry, and so sad, and really really sorry. if you decide to send that e-mail, good luck! i mean, i know it definitely won’t take back the seriously traumatizing bullshit that occurred, but hopefully some important conversations will be had?
fuck, though. that is so wrong.
Breast cancer survivor handcuffed and thrown in jail over a mistaken $280 medical bill as ‘debtor’s prisons’ return to the U.S
How did breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay end up behind bars? She didn’t pay a medical bill — one the Herrin, Ill., teaching assistant was told she didn’t owe.
“She got a $280 medical bill in error and was told she didn’t have to pay it,” The Associated Press reports. “But the bill was turned over to a collection agency, and eventually state troopers showed up at her home and took her to jail in handcuffs.”
Although the U.S. abolished debtors’ prisons in the 1830s, more than a third of U.S. states allow the police to haul people in who don’t pay all manner of debts, from bills for health care services to credit card and auto loans. In parts of Illinois, debt collectors commonly use publicly funded courts, sheriff’s deputies, and country jails to pressure people who owe even small amounts to pay up, according to the AP.
A 2010 report by the American Civil Liberties Union that focused on only five states — Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington — found that people were being jailed at “increasingly alarming rates” over legal debts. Cases ranged from a woman who was arrested four separate times for failing to pay $251 in fines and court costs related to a fourth-degree misdemeanor conviction, to a mentally ill juvenile jailed by a judge over a previous conviction for stealing school supplies.
The Return of Debtors’ Prisons: THOUSANDS of Americans Jailed For Not Paying Bills (via ThinkProgress.org)
Whenever I see blog posts talking about how much women/nonwhite people are oppressed in America I laugh.
You are not oppressed, not really. Sure, not everything is perfectly equal, but we’re a lot better than 50-100 years ago, and I think that a lot of Tumblr Justice fucktards should put that in perspective.
So, I’d like you imagine an oppressive totalitarian state. You know, evil empire, stormtroopers, etc. Hitler by way of Kafka kind of thing.
Imagine in this state, there are a brutal secret police force empowered by the regime to basically do what the fuck ever they want. They can torture. They can murder. They can rape. They can stop and detain people at any time for any or no reason. They can suspend the basic protection of law. If they assault or kill someone during these stops, they are not answerable to the law as an ordinary citizen is.
This totalitarian police force will shoot unarmed school children in the back. They will unleash noxious chemical agents in the halls of a school. They will cover up the murder of a child by a political ally and informer. They will chase a child into his house and shoot him in front of his family. They will assault a twelve-year-old girl and then come to her school to arrest her later because she fought back. They will break into a house and shoot a little girl as she lies napping in her living room. They will shoot someone twenty-eight times and then charge them with attempted murder. They will shoot unarmed bystanders and then justify it by saying that someone in the crowd had a gun, whether it was true or not. They’ll torture and kill a chronically ill military veteran who annoys them by accidentally calling for help in the middle of the night, they’ll do it laughing and shouting insults.
They will go so far as to hog tie a man and torture him to death in front of his children, drowning him with a garden hose in response to his plea for water.
They fabricate evidence, fabricate crimes, cover-up their own crimes and those of their friends and supporters. Rarely are they forced to answer for their atrocities. Instead, the worst among them are praised for being “tough” and “getting the job done.” Their job, of course, is not to serve nor protect the citizens of this hypothetical state, but to keep them in line… to keep them scared, to keep them quiet, to keep them in their place.
Would you agree that the people living under this purely hypothetical regime are oppressed? I mean, that to me all sounds like textbook oppression. If anything, it sounds a bit over-the-top, right?
But of course, it’s not hypothetical. I’m talking about the United States of America. None of the examples I gave above are hypothetical. Most of them happened in the last 40 days. They all happened to people of color, most of them Black.
What do you want to call that, if not oppression?
what is this?
AE pwning silly heauxs again?
YES IT IS
IT’S SUPER:AE AND HER COMIC IS COMING SOON TO A COMIC STORE NEAR U
commentary is giving me chills
Like I really fucking hate it when white dudes (or worse, women) start to rap along to like, Weezy or Snoop Dogg (their favorite rappers) really loudly and obnoxiously, especially while people are watching them. Extra bigoted douche points if they say the N word or other not-for-them slurs in the songs
I don’t think “Oh you have a nuanced love, respect, and understanding of black subculture and identity as being espoused in this music and an openess to it! This is a song you really like by an artist you truly dig!”
I think “Hey you’re an exotifying douche who believes it’s comical to ironically display your rapping skills in an overtly jocular manner, making a mockery of blackness because the joke lies within the juxtaposition of your whiteness & the blackness of the music, the idea being that you’re debasing yourself to this level of ghettory that no one would actually voluntarily be at because who lives like this or legit listens to this hahaha thug life hood gurlz lol of course it’s a joke lol ITS SO FUNNY NONE OF THIS IS REAL OR RESPECTABLE”
TE VEO, ASSHOLE
- Michael Skolnik. (via surruhmac)
Teenage Black americans don’t make good postcards / it was never about justice