Death and Politics

Jacksonville,  America’s Transgender Murder Capital

As slogans go I don’t think the Chamber of Commerce will go for it.

Three of the 22 reported killings of trans people in America this year have taken place in Jacksonville, Florida—the victims all black trans women.

All three of those homicide victims were black transgender women: Celine Walker was shot in a motel on Feb. 4, Antash’a English was gunned down in a June 1 drive-by shooting, and Cathalina Christina James was killed in a motel on June 24. Another transgender woman was shot repeatedly in June, but survived—and police charged her alleged attacker in July.

After LGBT advocates criticized the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for misgendering these victims—rather than using the names and genders by which they were known in the community—the JSO created a nine-officer LGBT Liaison Team in August, as WJCT reported, in order to forge better ties with the community.

This story rings a bell. I’ve heard it or one like it before now. I’m pretty sure the original version predates the attempt to mainstream a mental disease or defect. I’ve got it!

I consulted Wikipedia, the lazy man’s resource and found the story. Hans Christian Andersen is credited with popularizing the story. Wikipedia notes that variations on the story predate Andersen’s treatment and appear in a variety of cultures.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Danish: Kejserens nye klæder) is a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent – while in reality, they make no clothes at all, making everyone believe the clothes are invisible to them. When the emperor parades before his subjects in his new “clothes”, no one dares to say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as stupid. Finally, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The tale has been translated into over 100 languages.[1]

The current “trans” gimmick has all of the same elements. It has been modernized. The unscrupulous weavers have been replaced by equally unscrupulous psychiatrists and psychologists. In the original tale doubters would be ejected from the king’s court. The updated tale does away with the king and his court. Instead, doubters are punished by modern day jesters, commonly referred to as the main stream media. The punishment is banishment from the culturally elite. The poor souls are condemned to languish in middle America, never to see the wonder of either coast. In the original story, the plot is exposed by a little boy who sees what his betters refuse to acknowledge; the King is bare-assed. In the updated version, the little boy is replaced by evil conservatives who refuse to accept the new reality.

I am not unsympathetic to the sexually confused. As a police officer I introduced transvestite prostitutes to water balloons for breast enhancement, rather than sweat socks. 

Jacksonville SO has cleared one of the four shootings as the outcome of a domestic dispute. The Sheriff’s office say none of the murders are related and therefore not the work of a serial murderer. Facts will solve crimes. Arguing about whether he was a she obscures the facts. The truth is, dead transsexuals are far more valuable to the grievance crowd than when they were alive. With friends like that who needs enemies?

There are not a lot of facts out there. Based on my experience,  I would say that that victims shared commonalities. Most obvious is lifestyle. I suspect that all were engaged in prostitution or frequented areas known for prostitution. I would bet that all of them have a history of drug abuse. 

Publicizing the victim’s sorted past may sell newspapers. It also may serve to narrow the playing field. Indications that a victim was engaged in a drug transaction at the time of death may remove sexuality in all its permutations as a factor. 

Prostitutes typically “stroll” at set locations. One corner for girls, another corner for boys and a third location for the sexually suspect. Did any of the victims stray from accepted boundaries?  Are female prostitutes reporting a particular john who rejected their advances, favoring instead the he/shes? The people who could supply those answers don’t know the questions. The reason they don’t know the questions is that people with an agenda are preventing them from being asked.

I don’t particularly care how an individual chooses to manifest their sexuality. What I object to is the violence done to language, science and culture that goes with it.