An open letter to the community from longtime LGBTQ activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez
Before I was called names like faggot, freak, queer, or it, I was called things like wetback, beaner, greaser, etc. As an activist in the 1960s and 1970s, I was beaten up and threatened by both the Los Angeles and San Diego Police Departments.
But with all my struggles and discimination, the journey of the Latino and LGBTQ communities can never and should never be compared to the African-American community. They were taken from their great African nations and brought here as slaves.
As Malcolm X said, "We did not land on Plymouth Rock, it landed on us."
I have noticed many white LGBTQ leaders and activists out in support of the African-American community and against police brutality and racism - many well intended. But before we can speak out, we need to speak out and focus on the racism within our very own LGBTQ community. Many in our coummunity ignore the fact and don't care about the dozens of our transgender sisters who are beaten and killed every year are mostly African-Americans. They ignore that there is racism in LGBTQ employment and orgazinations.
So before you start pointing your white LGBTQ fingers at the outside world, take a serious look within our own LGBTQ community.
And as for the criticism of the rioters, I leave you with the words of Malcolm X: "By any means necessary."