(This a repost of an old blog.)
A young transgender woman who was in a Baltimore, Maryland area McDonald’s was beaten by two teenagers on Monday, April 18, as she was trying to go to the restroom. As the incident began, a McDonald’s employee filmed the violent attack, which you can see below, and later posted the video on YouTube and reportedly to his Facebook page. The video shows McDonald’s employees did nothing to stop the attack, and actually laughing. The McDonald’s manager did little more than yell, “Stop!” Only one customer, a middle-aged woman — who subsequently also got pushed and kicked — made any attempt to aid the young transgender woman.
This news is very upsetting. I saw the video of the attack and, while I usually have to watch any kind of video at least twice because my ability to focus attention on one thing is somewhat limited, I could not watch it again. It was full of violence and the pains documented by the video are extraordinary.
But there’s another thing I am concerned about, at least equally but possibly with greater worry. And that is the use of the term “female black” to refer to the suspects, which you can see in the police record here (PDF).
I wonder why the suspects are described as “the two female black suspects” as many times as four when “the two suspects” is totally sufficient.