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Be Your Brother’s Keeper

It’s been a difficult month. Every time I begin a blog, I get a message from Ky about something else he’s seen on the news and wants to speak about.  I finally told him that I’m completely back-logged with un-posted messages because I can’t finish one before he sends another.  He decided to address every situation with a message he shared earlier this year.  He felt that this is the time.

I want you to know that even though I have never met you, I am praying for all of you. We have to rise above the hardships that come our way and show the world that the Trans Community is full of loving people. I am more than what people say I am. I am more than how the media portrays me. I am love, I am peace, I am  equality, I am freedom, I am life, I am a member of the human race and I am fighting for my dreams…..

I receive a lot of letters. While most are encouraging, many are filled with anger and negativity and often focused on the wrong idea. I live in a very small world. When you are stuck in the system, you see first hand who has the control, and how they use it to manipulate the population. In here, we have to stand together and take care of each other. My life matters to the white elderly grandmother in the cell next to mine, and her life matters to me. This is a lesson that people in the free world do not understand. We have to remember who the real enemy is. We live under the control of a system of government “magicians” who play slight of hand to turn us against each other.  They use the media to distract us with stories that cause fighting within our own communities.  Color vs. White, Men vs. Women, Trans vs. Cis, Femme vs. Butch, Gay vs. Straight, Christians vs. EVERYONE else….they have divided us in every way possible. If we cannot bring our community together; if we cannot put trust in our allies, we might as well just lay down and let them take us out. 

Our women and men are being assaulted and murdered at an alarming rate. Our gender non-conforming children are being rejected and committing suicide. We are all being oppressed, victimized and then criminalized. The time has come for us to stand together. This is our “civil rights movement”. We all have the right to exist as human beings, but more than that, we all deserve the right to live and be happy, not just survive.

Stay strong , be blessed, and know that you are never alone in this world.”

Words of Ky

As I type this post, headlines are popping up of officers being killed by snipers at a protest in Dallas. My very first thought was of Langston Huges…  dfc07c36be4ce41cd8bd63af5e9e1e56

Our country has reached a boiling point.The website Killed by Police has reported 604 deaths caused by officers in 2016 alone. The site includes a list of victims as well as confirmation links to the news or media outlet that reported it. 604!!!!! 

Cell phone cameras and social media has shed a spot light on racial violence and murder that has plagued our country since it’s inception. No matter how hard people try to look the other way, the endless accounts spread across the media feed cannot be ignored.  Today I witnessed something that I have never seen happen before in social media. White people are standing up for people of color. The folks who normally ignore stories of police brutality are sharing videos. Not only are the talking about the murders, they are making pledges to help stop it.  Whether or not these promises lead to anything …only time will tell. I do know that this, white people standing up, standing by, supporting, and speaking out is the ONLY way to stop racial injustice. Stop being a by stander. Stop staying silent. When you witness a law enforcement officer approach a person of color stop, pull out your cell, and let them know you’re watching. #IAmMyBrothersKeeper

 

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About Ky peterson

Kyle (Ky) Peterson is a vibrant, intelligent, and uncommonly kind human being. He’s a hard worker, with a genuinely loving nature, and a passion for promoting Human Rights and Transgender Equality. His life was forever changed in 2011 when he fell victim to, not only a violent attacker, but also the “American Justice System”.

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