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mk  ·  994 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

He was wrong with his use of gender as sex, and I pointed that out to my wife.

What I felt was heartfelt was the envy he expressed. I didn’t feel that Dave was picking on trans people. But that he was picking on the activism that they have leveraged that he sees as unavailable to blacks. Blacks can’t convince anyone to treat them otherwise. It’s the Clifford joke. I’m not saying he’s spot on, he’s wrong about Rowling, but his exasperation of his relative situation is genuine, imo. He referred to black gays a few times. I didn’t interpret him as saying transness and gayness as white, but that it wasn’t black, which was a different message.

Quatrarius  ·  994 days ago  ·  link  ·  

i think there's something to be said for how black and white lgbt people have different experiences - every trans person faces discrimination to some extent, but black trans people are much more likely to be in physical danger. black trans women are murdered constantly. if dave is envious of the trans rights movement for how whiteness has given them a headstart, i think he is unaware of the situation on the ground. transness isn't like a region-locked DVD - trans people are all over the world and in every community. you could have a conversation about intersectionality through comedy, but i have gotten no impression that that's what dave is doing. transness is as black as it is white, and dave implying that it's something that black people don't participate in is plainly wrong.

any exasperation that dave might feel about trans people is about as valid as the exasperation that trump voters feel when they hear about mexicans coming over the border to take american jobs - it comes from a genuine place, but that doesn't make it correct. it's misinformed and driven by his attitude (conscious or subconscious) towards trans people