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
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 <b.d.reddybest(a)gmail.com
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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