Thank you, Brendan, for this email. I profoundly agree that the policing of black women's bodies in the space is a huge issue. Transphobic language, however, is also a major concern and addressing both of these issues must be taken into account. 

I want to ask that people in this conversation respect Morgan's gender identity and refer to her using female pronouns.

Ranette and I have been speaking over the past several days and while I, too, would like to facilitate her coming back to the space, there are some agreements that I think both sides need to make if that's going to be a possibility. 

I am willing to steward a mediation but I cannot mediate as I am obviously biased with regards to this particular situation.


On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 2:33 AM, Brendan Reddy-Best <> wrote:
I said "your 'community' space," but honestly, I still want this to be my space, too.  I hardly ever make a fuss about any of this stuff because it's all so futile, you know?  but in this case, I really want to make my point clear:  I think we should rescind our action against Rannette.  I think she's been treated unfairly. Even if she is "aggressive" towards you or your compatriots, I don't think we need white dudes policing our space of black women's bodies.  Matt, you claim to have acted in another's interest and you offer an injured third party -- let them speak for themselves, because I don't think it's your place right now.  If there was a violent incident that threatened our space, let's hear it from a witness or an involved party. "Something Happened" is not good enough.  Otherwise "but above all the Omni
Commons must maintain a safe, welcoming environment" seems to fly directly in the face of the lived experience of too many black people.

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