TW: Racism, Violence, Transphobia, Murder
Around 12:30 am on June 5, 2011, CeCe was walking to the grocery store with some friends, all of them young, African American, and LGBTIQ or allied. As they passed a local bar, the Schooner Tavern, a group of older, white people who were standing outside the bar’s side door began hurling racist and transphobic slurs at them, without provocation. They called CeCe and her friends ‘faggots,’ ‘niggers,’ and ‘chicks with dicks,’ and suggested that CeCe was ‘dressed as a woman’ in order to ‘rape’ Dean Schmitz, one of the attackers. When CeCe approached the group and told them that her crew would not tolerate hate speech, one of the women said, “I’ll take you bitches on,” and then smashed her glass into CeCe’s face. She punctured CeCe’s cheek all the way through, lacerating her salivary gland. A fight ensued, during which one of the attackers, Dean Schmitz, was fatally stabbed.
The only person arrested that night was CeCe. She was briefly taken to the hospital where she received 11 stitches in her cheek. While she was still suffering both physically and mentally from this traumatic incident, she was left alone in a room for three hours and then interrogated, and then placed in solitary confinement at the Hennepin County men’s jail. She spent the next several months in jail and had to wait almost two months between her initial doctors’ visit and a much-needed follow-up appointment.
After her arrest, CeCe was quickly charged with second-degree murder. In short, she was prosecuted for surviving a violent, racist, transphobic attack.
I’m going to stab people if that what it takes to get a ticket.
T minus 37 hours to Alkaline Trio (w/ Bayside) at Irving Plaza, NYC!
“And I would wait for you ‘til the planets all collide…”
Just repeating this because it wasn’t rebloggable…
there-was-a-girl said: My big problem with comixology is they don’t let me read them on my Nook. They are keeping out a whole market of people who aren’t rolling around in Apple products. I can only read them on my phone (which is not…
change the direction of the train if you concentrate
Now I’m not saying you have to like ABC, CBS, MSNBC or CNN—I really don’t care whether you do or not. But Fox News is on a whole other level when it comes to worthless news coverage.
Because where CNN or MSNBC might sing the praises of how great a blue sky is—Fox News tries to convince you the sky isn’t actually blue. And millions of people believe it.
Free Comic Book Day is Here!
Use this store locator to find your nearest participating comic book store.
Take the kids! It’s how I learned to read!
And buy one for yourself while you’re there!
I recommend small press and creator owned books but the big publishers have some good stuff too!
Go on - off with ya!
This IS the GIF you’re looking for…
A beach for everyone: physically handicapped individuals took part in the “Praia para Todos” (Beach for Everyone) project on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week.
The project, run by volunteer physical therapists and students, offers a weekend at two of Rio’s beaches to the physically handicapped, many of whom don’t have the means to reach the beach, let alone swim in the sea.
Learn more: http://reut.rs/ZN2Ita
thug tears. mama’s gift is for all her children.
This is kind of amazing.