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The Transgender Victimhood Narrative Encounters Inevitable Difficulties

Posted on | August 5, 2017 | 2 Comments

Police led a handcuffed Zachary McClimans out of court after a hearing.

A few days before the election last November, police say, Zachary McClimans stole his grandfather’s pistol and went to the Wal-Mart in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, where he shot Jayson Hall four times.

The motive, according to police, was that McClimans (a/k/a “Claire Wolfever”) had recently revealed to his co-workers at Wal-Mart his intent to undergo gender reassignment, and didn’t like Hall’s reaction to this news. McClimans, 22, claimed to feel “threatened” by Hall, and had filed a complaint with Wal-Mart management, which was under investigation at the time of the November shooting. McClimans was charged with attempted murder and is awaiting trial.

In January 2017, two months after McClimans shot Hall, another transgender employee of the same Wal-Mart had an encounter with police. A domestic violence call came into 911 from a woman who said her daughter (who was transitioning from female to male) had held a knife to her throat. When police officers responded to the scene, Sean Marie Hake (a/k/a Sean Ryan) was wielding a razor box-cutter:

A police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who had a utility knife and told officers he would kill them or they would have to kill him, a prosecutor said [Jan. 17].
“This was a life-and-death circumstance right from the very beginning,” Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karson Jr. said in announcing that the officer would not be charged in the Jan. 6 shooting of Sean Ryan Hake.
Hake’s mother, Cynthia Loya, had called 911 to report her 23-year-old son was out of control and had held a razor blade to her throat. By the time three Sharon police officers arrived, Hake’s mother had left and her son was sitting in a car with self-inflicted cuts to his wrist and throat, Karson said.
An officer called for an ambulance and tried to speak to Hake, but he got out of the car and started moving quickly toward the officer, Karson said. Hake, armed with a utility knife, didn’t comply and ignored the similar commands of two other officers who arrived seconds later, Karson said.
Instead, Hake moved quickly toward the first officer saying, “You are going to have to kill me or I am going to kill you,” Karson said.
That prompted the third officer to yell to get Hake’s attention, and Hake then moved toward that officer, who fired two shots, both of which hit Hake in the torso, the prosecutor said. When Hake continued toward the third officer he fired a shot that stopped Hake, Karson said. Hake died a short time later at hospital in Youngstown, Ohio.

Hake’s death was clearly a “suicide-by-cop” scenario. But what were the odds that two employees of the same Wal-Mart in western Pennsylvania would both be transgender, and both be involved in incidents of fatal violence? In McClimans’ case, the claim that Hall had harassed him/“her” made transgenderism a central issue of the story, but Hake was just an ordinary domestic violence case that escalated.

Mercer County, Pennsylvania, is not a major urban area. It’s across the border from Youngstown, Ohio, and the county’s largest town, Hermitage, has a population of less than 17,000. Yet twice in a two-month span, local law enforcement was forced to deal with “Trannies Gone Wild” situations. This relates to a fact cited by the feminist site 4th Wave Now, which points out, “gender dysphoria occurs with troubling frequency in concert with a range of other mental disturbances, including personality disorders, depression, anxiety, and autism.”

The preferred media narrative, of course, portrays transgender people as victims of oppression, but how often are other people actually the victims of crimes committed by transgender people? Given what we know about the dangerous prevalence of mental illness in the transgender population, isn’t a certain level of “transphobia” warranted? Zachary McClimans claimed to feel “threatened” by Jayson Hall, but who was it that got shot four times? And what about Sean Hake’s mother, who said her daughter/“son” had held a knife to her throat? The media ignore this angle, however, and focus on the social-justice victimhood narrative.

Tim Teeman of the Daily Beast is strictly following the victimhood narrative in asking, “Why Are So Many Transgender Women of Color Being Killed in America?” He leads with the case of Troy “TeeTee” Dangerfield, who was shot to death in the southside Atlanta suburb of College Park. If you know anything at all about the Atlanta area, murder in College Park isn’t usually a national headline kind of story. The population of College Park is about 80% black, and 75% of residents live in rental properties. The FBI has identified College Park as “statistically the region’s most unsafe community.” Getting murdered in College Park isn’t particularly difficult, and most of the crime victims there are “people of color,” so it’s unlikely “TeeTee” Dangerfield was killed because of his/“her” transgender status. However, the difference between a hate crime and, say, a drug deal gone bad doesn’t matter when liberal journalists are promoting a social-justice crusade narrative.

TeeTee Dangerfield Is 16th Known
Trans Woman Killed In U.S. This Year

Huffington Post, Aug. 2

TeeTee Dangerfield, the 16th
Trans Woman of Color Killed This Year

Out, Aug. 2

At Least 16 Transgender Women
Have Been Murdered This Year

Refinery 29, Aug. 3

Who Was Troy “TeeTee” Dangerfield?
Transgender Women Face
Horrific Rates Of Violence

Bustle, Aug. 3

Transgender woman’s family seeks
justice after deadly shooting

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 4

Do you suppose that this sudden media interest in transgender murders is a coincidence? Did all these journalists last week just happen to notice the death of “TeeTee” Dangerfield, decide to do some research and discover the total number of transgender homicides this year? Don’t be silly. This is part of an orchestrated publicity campaign, the motives and goals of which are political in nature. The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News article on Dangerfield’s murder includes this sentence: “The death comes just two days after a Midtown rally in support of transgender men and women following President Trump’s tweets proclaiming a ban on trans military servicemembers.” An article at Rolling Stone headlined “LGBTQ Suicide Hotline Calls from Transgender Youth Spike Under Trump” includes this sentence: “Transgender individuals have been the target of an alarming 16 homicides this year alone, with a transgender woman identified as Tee Tee Dangerfield most recently shot and killed in her car in College Park, Georgia, on Monday.” And in his Daily Beast article about Dangerfield’s death, Tim Teeman included some blame-Trump suggestions from LGBT activists:

The Trump administration’s various anti-transgender moves — most dramatically, the president’s hugely criticized tweets foreshadowing a ban on trans people serving in the military — have collectively “made it more dangerous for our community whether in rural or urban Georgia. We feel that people who are against us feel justified because this administration supports them,” said [Chanel] Haley [of Georgia Equality].
“The discrimination is pretty blatant. People are not trying to hide it as much as they were before. The Trump administration has given them a license to discriminate.” . . .
[Raffi Freedman-Gurspan of the National Center for Transgender Equality said] President Trump’s pronouncements had been alarming and led to “a heightened sense of vulnerability among trans people. We in the trans community are as diverse as any community: there are transgender Muslims, transgender military folks, transgender folks wanting access to reproductive services. We time and again see transgender lives dismissed as essentially disposable, especially for transgender black women out there who are very, very scared.”

So, the reader is expected to conclude, “TeeTee” Dangerfield and 15 other transgender murder victims are dead because President Trump “made it more dangerous” by giving haters a “license,” which is why “transgender black women . . . are very, very scared.” This is the narrative, you see, and the actual facts about these crimes don’t really matter.

As to those troublesome facts, let’s just say that it is extremely unlikely any Republicans were hanging around the neighborhood in College Park the night that “TeeTee” Dangerfield was killed. While police detectives say they’ve got no leads in the case, I think “GOP Death Squads” can be safely ruled out among potential suspects in this particular homicide.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, 385 people have been shot to death so far this year, and another 1,848 people have been wounded, and I’m not sure if any of the victims were transgender, but 80% of them were black.

When the media are trying to sell a politically convenient narrative — e.g., blaming Republicans for the deaths of “transgender women of color” — facts tend to get twisted around or simply ignored. If you start asking questions about who is perpetrating these crimes, and whether the cause-and-effect bears any resemblance to the social-justice narrative, liberals will accuse you of transphobia, and probably also racism.

The media reserve to themselves the authority to determine which patterns of crime are newsworthy. If you look at the odd coincidence of two transgender Wal-Mart employees in Pennsylvania both being involved in violent incidents, and suggest that this might signify something about the connection between transgenderism and mental illness, you’re obviously a bigot. But when the media imply that Donald Trump is to blame for the death of “TeeTee” Dangerfield in College Park, you’re not allowed to question this farfetched claim. Only professional journalists are authorized to make assessments about the causes of crime, and nobody’s offering to hire you at the Daily Beast, are they? No, because you’re a transphobic racist who voted for Donald Trump, and are therefore disqualified for employment as a professional journalist.

Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low
Gallup, Sept. 14, 2016

Poll: Majority says mainstream media publishes fake news
The Hill, May 24, 2017

New Poll Shows More Americans
Trust the White House Than the Media

Fox News, July 5, 2017

In 21st-century America, crazy men who think they’re women and crazy women who think they’re men are both subjects of fake news by the fake media, which refuse to employ any sane or honest people.



 

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