Laverne Cox brings up the issues about being discriminated against for being black, being a woman and being transgendered. Laverne acknowledges the fact that although she has felt discrimination by multiple parties the majority of discrimination has been from people of colour, she equates these to the stigma left behind by the cultural systems left in place by colonialism. This relates to the action of Othering since in the system of colonialism there would be the culture of the coloniser and the colonised and the colonised would have to accept the coloniser’s culture to be able to live a good life. In this sense the discrimination Laverne has experienced from minorities can be seen as the people trying to distance themselves from “others” and trying to be part of the standard story.
Laverne also makes a connection between the stigmas of transgendered life to black males to the treatment of black men in the American South, relating to the fact that when lynched black men would be castrated often with their genitals ending up on display. This created a stigma with black males regarding their genitally especially when concerned with the removal of it, causing being seen as transgendered to relate to systematic discrimination.
Laverne alludes to anti-blackness when she mentions that she was being called out because of the fact that she was black, Laverne and many other black people get called out in society expressly since they are black leading to a fear of facing discrimination in any situation. A secondary view of this can be seen through the poetry of Javon Johnson relating the experience of driving with his nephew and telling him not to be afraid of the police but in reality telling him to hide his blackness well dealing with the police. Something else in common between these two stories is the fact that both Laverne and Javon related that they felt comfortable and confident about themselves up until they experienced discrimination after that point they both dropped back and allowed themselves to be victimized.
Laverne also mentions two cases of transphobia that led to the death of two transgendered women, Laverne does not place blame on the attackers when mentioning the attack instead placing the blame on people’s fear and confusion surrounding others choice to be transgendered. Transphobia is something that is not something that is often talked about, although while I was looking for an article on transphobia he only article that I found was a very hateful trying to say that transgendered people are just gay people that are crazy. This site helped me see that hate is strange since the article was okay with homosexuals but was not okay with them changing their gender.
Laverne’s speech was a wakeup call to the discrimination that Laverne and other minority transgendered women for not only being a minority, transgendered and would also be discriminated if she was just a woman. A fix to this situation would be to introduce the queer theory into society and by removing the standard story giving people the ability to be whatever they want to be in an open and accepting environment.
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Johnson, Javon. “Javon Johnson – “cuz He’s Black” (NPS 2013).” YouTube. Button Poetry, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.