Common Posts & Deletes: Black Lives Matter, Black Trans Lives Matter!
On June 13, in a single post on his Twitter account, Common wrote
“BLACK LIVES MATTER. BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER.”
Interestingly enough, after receiving mixed reactions he deleted that tweet and shared another one that reads,
“ALL. BLACK. LIVES. MATTER.”
His new tweet received both supportive and disparaging comments.
His tweet comes after the recent deaths of two transgender women. Riah Milton, 25, of Liberty Township, Ohio, was killed when she was lured by three people, including a 14-year-old girl, who tried to steal her car. The news of Riah Milton’s passing followed reports of another transgender woman who was found dead in Philadephia just hours prior. Dominique Fells’ body was located alongside the Schuylkill River in Bartam’s Garden.
It has not been confirmed whether the 27-year-old was reported missing at the time of her death; however, her family has started a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses. A description for the page reads,
Dominique was a black Trans woman brutally murdered and discarded in a river in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our family is in mourning and in utter disbelief that something like this could happen to one of our own. Dominique who often went by the name Rem’mie was truly one of a kind. We can Assure all of you that we will not stop until her killers are found and justice is served accordingly.
The family of Riah Milton has also created a GoFundMe to cover her funeral expenses which reads,
My dear sister Riah Milton passed away on June 9, 2020. She was an amazing person who was loved by everyone. This GoFundMe is to help with sending her home.
Actor and LGBTQ+ activist Billy Porter made headlines when he compared the treatment of black people of the LGBTQ+ community by the black community to White Supremacists. In the 16-minute IGTV Post, Billy Porter called the treatment of his Gay brothers and sisters as “appalling” and “eerily similar to that of white supremacists vs. Black folk.”
— theJasmineBRAND (@thejasminebrand) June 8, 2020
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