Saturday, August 2, 2008

Her Name Was Angie Zapata

image I first heard about her horrible demise at transgriot (which if you are not already reading, you should be) From what I am able to gather from the few blog entries that have been dedicated to it, Angie Zapata was a victim of trans hate. On the faithful day of her death, she was on a date with Alan Ray Andrade. When he discovered that she had a penis, he hit her repeatedly over the head with a fire extinguisher until she died. He then proceeded to steal her car to evade capture.

Considering the barbarity of this murder there have not been many blog posts dedicated to seeking justice for Angie.  It seems is as though the blogosphere has decided that she is not worthy of justice.  When we fail to speak out against the murder of women like Angie, we are supporting the trans hate that caused her death.

I am well aware that there are those within the feminist movement who refuse to acknowledge trans women as "authentic women". This is nothing more than unacknowledged CIS privilege.   I find it particularly disgusting when a group that claims to be socially marginalized, and exploited, cannot speak up for what is clearly a vulnerable class of society.  Even if you are unable to acknowledge her as the woman that she was, plain and simple human decency should at least encourage you to speak out about such violence.  Angie had just as much right to share our space as any other living being.  If we truly believe in honouring humanity, it is important to acknowledge the most vulnerable amongst us. We cannot rail against the tyranny of the majority and then claim privilege to perform the same sort of intolerance when it is convenient to 'other' segments of society.

When I look at her picture, I see a life that was cut short due to ignorance. I see a woman that could have contributed so much to society but for our tendency to not only believe, but uphold gender binaries.  This flawed modernist thinking is the basis of much pain in our society. We are not two dimensional figures leading scripted lives.  Angie deserved much better than to die alone on a floor, the victim of hate and fear.  Perhaps someday we can actually live up to some of the progressive principles we as feminists and liberals claim to believe in and pursue justice for women like Angie. No one deserves to die the way she did, and no one deserves to have such a tragedy barely remarked upon.

 


4 comments:

SongDiary said...

I felt bad for this non-sense killings! Why do we have to assert that we are humans? WHy do we need to blend in? Why can*t we just accept everyone else as co-equals?

Yes, I have more questions than answers. God bless the world.

Pookie said...

Somehow I expected to see a lot more comments here; but I guess that's the point of the article isn't it? We have nothing to say about something so horribly sad, but John Edwards lying about having sex is all over the blog world. What an indictment of our society...

Renee said...

@Pookie I speak for trans riots whenever I hear about an injustice but I am well aware that it is not an accident that these are amongst the least commented on stories. It seems to make people uncomfortable and that of course is based in CIS privilege. I will not stop blogging for justice though. People will never own their privileges if we are silent about injustice.

Monica Roberts said...

And neither will I, Renee. Thanks for the blog shout out and being there for your fellow human beings.