I watched with a mixture of anger and severe sadness as our trans sister grabbed the microphone at a recent bourgeoisie Democratic Party presidential event. This sister gave a moving appeal to this Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris, and others there to do something about this assault against African trans women. These politicians, as can be expected, gave pat political answers about beefing up police and other already proven nonsense to address this issue. It was that part that turned my stomach. Suggesting that police or any other capitalist institution is in any way a solution to any problem African and other colonized people face is like responding to the pleas from besieged chickens that you will beef up the fox patrol to ensure their safety.
The part that bothered me the most about that Democratic Party event was that we as African men and African people are largely to blame for the reality that our trans sisters are desperate enough for their very survival that they are forced to resort to appealing to these uncaring people for protection. A protection that if it was going to come from those entities would have come a long time ago.
We are largely responsible because not only have we viewed this problem as we should - as an assault against African people, but we have reacted with indifference and even hostility which has opened the door wider for these attacks to take place. Some of the more sick among us have even celebrated this tragedy.
Let me be perfectly clear that I consider trans African women, and all African people as a very important part of the worldwide African nation. We exist today in over 120 countries in plentiful numbers. We speak countless languages and practice numerous customs, and ways of life. Yet, we are all still African people first and until Africa is free, untied, and socialist, we will continue to be isolated. We will continue to suffer and be powerless. Let us remind the weak minded among us that in every instance, we suffer where we exist because Africa was and is assaulted. Let us also remind these shallow people that we have plenty of evidence to verify that our people existed in many different ways of life before the Europeans came to colonize us. So, these trans African women are my sisters. My family. And my position is in no way based on my individual existence. I'm about as cis or heterosexual if you will, of a man - an African man - as you can be. I just have a strong sense of self. A vibrant self esteem, so that I'm not insecure and egotistical to the point where I see Africans and other people different from me as a threat to me. I recognize that the only true threat to me is the capitalist, imperialist empire that subjugates my people and all of humanity. No segment of the African nation is hampering me in any way. I value, respect, and admire the beauty and diversity of all of our people. I'm also sensible enough to understand that the best strategic way to attack our people is to attack us at the point where we are most vulnerable. This is clearly our trans community of African women. Attack us there and then dig the trench deeper to divide us farther. A great strategy to weaken us and so many of you so-called Black nationalist superficial never really read a book or engaged in any real work for our people idiots are making it so easy for our enemies to use this strategy to come at us.
Our strongest approach to liberation would be to agree that we are one African people, period. No matter where we are born. How we live our lives. What our religion is or isn't, etc. That's our strongest play. Umoja. Unity. So many of us use those words, but have absolutely no understanding of what they actually mean. Unity isn't just fake pretending to be down with African people up to the point where your personal values are pushed. Real unity means we stand together in uncompromising fashion. That means no force is strong enough to divide us on African unity, especially since the reasons they are attempting to divide us do absolutely nothing to make us stronger. Real unity is being strong enough to stand with your disagreement to understand and recognize that our unity is more important than your personal values and ego. Its being able to be uncomfortable if that serves our people's interests. The reason why these instances represent stronger examples of unity is because up to this point you homophobes have nothing to show for how you are bringing us together. Your isolation theories for how to approach elements of our people are worthless and have done nothing to advance us an inch. As a fighter who has risked more life and limb for our people in one arm then 10 of you have ever done in all your lives, you aren't fooling me. You have nothing outside of a toilet running mouth to provide our people. You confuse your personal trauma and insecurities with what's best for the collective will of our people. You only know how to view our existence as a collective people through your personal traumas. Traumas that most of you have absolutely no idea how to process in healthy ways so they consume you and convince you that you are working towards something productive. Your not. You are sitting in scum and inviting the rest of us to join you.
What true warriors would be talking about is how we can bring our communities together. How we can build Pan-African networks based on principles from our Revolutionary African Personality. Where we organize and train our communities on community defense principles where we rely on each other to keep ourselves safe, especially the most vulnerable elements within our communities.
Even the largest fool among us cannot argue that this level of organizing work will benefit every element of our communities. Even the elements you don't agree with, but isn't that the entire point of liberation work? Not to build some fake fantasy community where everyone thinks the same, but to build a community of mass participation, regardless of the superficial elements, that is united and determined to keep us all safe. Anyone who doesn't understand this principle reveals to those of us who have actually done any real work how phony you are. How ignorant you are. How much of a tool for our enemies you are. This argument doesn't deserve another second of our time. There is no question about it. Trans African women are our women. They are a part of our community. They are a beloved part of our community. They need to be welcomed and respected as they are in our communities and we all need to come together to figure out how we can immediately stop this assault against this very valuable element of our community. And, anyone who doesn't see the importance of us doing that is an agent for the enemies of African people, no matter how much Black nationalist dogma you vomit out.