Iyanna Dior, a Black trans woman, beaten by mob in Minneapolis
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- A Black Trans Woman Named Iyanna Dior Was Beaten by a Mob In Minneapolis
- Jun 3 2020
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Correction: thankfully not beaten to death. Sorry about that!
I clicked in alarm!
Since the link to out.com in the rollingstone article is broken for some reason, here it is (and the followup):
And here is the video of the beating that went viral:
(warning, disturbing content!)
I can't recall if we've had this discussion before on Tildes, but in the wake of this and George Floyd...do we need to be directly posting videos like this? The evidence needs to exist and is out there if anyone has doubts, but I'm not sure we should be publicly gawking at it. I dunno.
I'd love to post the opinion of Black writers on this, but I don't think I've read anything dealing with it directly, just mentions in passing about how we share around images and videos of Black suffering in a way that feels exploitative.
If the video of George Floyd's murder wasn't constantly being put out there for everyone to see, confronting people with the brutal reality of it, do you think the public outcry and protests would have been nearly as big? I doubt it... which is why, IMO, direct visibility and evidence of these horrible events, ensuring they are out there for all to see, so they are impossible to deny, and confronting those who perpetrate them, support them being perpetrated, or are ignorant of their occurring, is incredibly important for making progress. Nothing is likely to change if we shy away from showing videos of these events.
p.s. However, even with that said, I will still gladly remove any links to videos a victim doesn't want shown.