Vanessa Edwards Foster shines well-needed light on all of the insane glee over the conviction in the Lateisha Green murder – because, you see, in a state where trans = unworthy, murder = manslaughter.
Lateisha Green’s murderer, Dwight DeLee, received his verdict in a Syracuse Courthouse. He was found innocent of second degree murder. He was convicted of first degree manslaughter. The jury determined that after DeLee had lobbed invective and epithets at Lateisha Green sitting in her brother’s car, after he’d gone into the house to retrieve his rifle, and after lobbing a few more epithets and leveling the gun at point blank range into the car and shooting Teish, that he’d intended to only “seriously injure” her but had no intentions of killing her. Manslaughter, not a murder.
Any other victim killed in such a manner would expect their killer to receive a murder sentence. Ah, but Teish was murdered while Trans! And further, as my homegirl Monica Roberts would say, she was murdered while Black and Trans! As we read between the lines of this logic, it helps validate the killer’s motivations. Why, having a trans person outside near his house practically requires one to go in their house and retrieve their rifle … pop off a warning shot in their direction from a few feet away, just to make sure you don’t have to fear for your life from the transsexual menace!
Certainly any average citizen in Syracuse would understand that threat, that fear! It’s palpable!
Reality time: essentially this verdict actually foists some of the blame on the victim. That’s right! The good people of Syracuse decided that being Trans, Lateisha Green should’ve known she’s partially to blame for being attacked! It’s kinda like women being partially to blame for being raped, Asian store owners being partially at fault for getting robbed in their stores, unarmed black men being partially understood to have been shot by police because of their potential threat – or even white men being partially culpable for getting shot while driving through a minority neighborhood!
But Vanessa asks some hard questions – you know, the type that Those Who Know What’s Best For Us Because They Say They Know What’s Best For Us don’t like to deal with – particularly after they, by and large, praise things that insult trans existence.
One has to wonder how the Gay & Lesbian community would react to this? If Matthew Shepard’s murder drew a manslaughter conviction with a maximum 25 year sentence, would Judy Shepard feel this was justice served? If it were the Trans community declaring before press that such as sentence was justice, would the Gay & Lesbian community agree with our statements and consider it closed?
As Vanessa notes, Jarrett Barrios of GLAAD said the verdict “brings justice for Lateisha Green,” and Rea Carey of NGLTF opined that the verdict “sends a strong message that hate violence will not be condoned.”
But was absolute justice served? Is Manslaughter a strong message? It must be noted that neither Carey nor Barrios are Trans. Point of fact, only one of the statements put out yesterday on the DeLee verdict by the organizations was from a trans organization (TLDEF – the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund), but the statement was from their non-trans executive director.
Oddly, the lone trans person responding from any major org was from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) who tacked on a trans voice to Exec. Dir. Joe Solmonese’s statement. “I am relieved to see Lateisha’s killer brought to justice,” said Allyson Robinson, HRC Associate Director of Diversity.
I’d be relieved to see HRC brought to justice for all of the fraud that it has committed against not only trans people but the entirety of the non-Aravosisistic, non-Crainiac, non-Frankenphobe elements of the American LGBT populace – but I digress.
Actually, I don’t digress.
Because its all the same disease, just infective flare-ups in different limbs of the LGBT body. HRC refuses to hire non-token trans women; NGLTF refuses to hire trans-anything to be its trans expert; non-trans people at all gay organizations say they know what’s best because they have appropriated jobs for themselves that give them paychecks while saying they know what’s best; gay organizations lie about having any real intention to ‘go back and add’ trans protections to civil rights laws.
like the one that the cabal of greedy, transphobic gays allowed to be written into law in New York in 2002.
back when Lateisha Green was alive.