According to “social justice” advocates, there is an epidemic of anti-transgender violence for which Donald Trump and Republicans are to blame. The only thing wrong with that claim is the complete lack of evidence to support it. LGBT activists and liberal journalists keep calling attention to the murders of “Transgender Women of Color,” and the facts continue contradicting the social-justice narrative. Athens, Georgia:
The weekend fatal shooting of a teen at an apartment complex near downtown Athens was the culmination of a feud between two transgender groups, Athens-Clarke County police confirmed [June 28].
Rayquann Deonte Jernigan, 17, who was known to friends by the chosen name of Ava Le’Ray Barrin, was killed Sunday morning by a single gunshot fired by 21-year-old Jalen Breon Brown in the parking lot of Riverview Apartments on College Avenue, police said. . . .
“It started out as an argument between friends of the suspect and victim,” Saulters said.
Jernigan and two friends were in the parking lot of Riverview Apartments at about 11:45 a.m. when they crossed paths with Brown, the police captain said.
Brown was on the second floor of one of the apartment buildings and the victim was in the parking lot when they reportedly began to argue. Saulters said Brown fired a “warning” shot in the direction of the victim, before he went down to the parking lot where he and Jernigan began fighting.
During the altercation, Brown shot the victim in the side of the chest, police said. . . .
Just a wild guess here, but I don’t think Jalen Brown voted for Trump. Yet the fact that Jernigan was killed by a member of his/“her” own community didn’t stop liberals from playing the transgender victimhood card on behalf of the deceased because of oppressive pronouns:
“Like too many transgender victims of violence, Barrin’s name and gender were misreported by local law enforcement and media outlets. Announcements that fail to respect transgender victims’ identities not only upset the victims’ loved ones, but may lead to additional violence by creating the perception that law enforcement will not protect transgender people or pursue their attackers.”
Y’know, “perception” doesn’t matter much once you’re dead. If a boy dresses up as a girl, and then gets himself shot to death in a fight with another boy dressed as a girl, worrying about whether media accounts “upset the victims’ loved ones” is a ridiculous waste of time. The assertion that failing to “respect transgender victims’ identities . . . may lead to additional violence” is another one of those liberal claims that have no evidentiary basis. There’s no reason to believe “perception” of law-enforcement attitudes was a factor in the death of Rayquann/“Ava.” It’s just the SJW Thought Police trying to force everybody to play along with the victimhood narrative. Meanwhile, in Atlanta . . .
More than two weeks after a trans woman was found shot to death in College Park, police confirm they’ve arrested a suspect.
Tuesday night, police arrested 26-year-old Tyrone Kemp for the July 31 murder of Tee Tee Dangerfield. Kemp is charged with malice murder.
According to College Park Police Cpl. Lance Patterson, Dangerfield was found shot to death in her car at the South Hampton Estates apartment complex in the 3100 block of Godby Road.
Dangerfield was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital but was later pronounced dead.
At this point, it is not clear if the murder had anything to do with Dangerfield being transgender.
Whatever the motive was, I’m guessing that Tyrone Kemp isn’t a registered Republican and I’ll bet $20 this crime was not inspired by Donald Trump. Liberals are trying to promote a “climate of hate” theory to blame Republicans for the deaths of these people, without bothering to offer any facts or logic to justify this theory. The Left is engaged in a political propaganda campaign to encourage paranoia within the LGBT community in order to foster Fear and Loathing of the GOP.
Let me make a bold prediction: This will backfire badly for the Left.
The more they try to sell this victimhood narrative, the more they will attract skeptical scrutiny from people who wonder, “Hey, what’s up with all this transgender stuff in the news every day?” And trust me when I say that the closer you look, the more craziness you’ll find. By their crusade against “transphobia,” liberals are calling in artillery fire on their own coordinates, so to speak. Most people prefer to pay as little attention as possible to this issue, but if the Left is going to force people to pay attention, they are not likely to be happy with the reaction.