Op-Ed

Boye Black: Lil Duval & hosts of The Breakfast Club need to do better!

The past week has been an emotional one for us at The Rustin Times. It feels like the fight for equality is taking a huge setback not just in Africa but in places across the world. From Donald Trump’s transgender ban to the arrest at Owode in Lagos, it seems like as soon as we celebrate a victory, we encounter another setback.

Janet Mock appeared on The Breakfast Club last week to promote her recent book and we reported it here. We also added that she found a way to school DJ Envy and Charlamagne tha God on transgender issues as their ignorance was blatant. Many of us thought that they had a better understanding of what it means to be transgender but it seems like we were wrong.

Cue in Lil Duval.

Lil Duval is a random irrelevant comedian trying to be relevant again and unfortunately, The Breakfast Club gave him a platform to be ignorant and he proudly displayed it for all to see. Watch below.

 

There is a lot wrong with his interview. From joking about killing a transgender woman to calling Janet Mock a man; Lil Duval shows everyone that he has no regard for people who are murdered on a daily. However, you would expect people who had just taken a class in Trans 101 to speak up and correct his silliness. The reverse is the case. They just spent the entire time laughing about the situation and casually saying “hate crime” at the end to disguise their foolery.

Janet Mock had the perfect response for him.

Emmy nominee Laverne Cox also had words for the comedian.

Transgender people came out to protest Charlamagne tha God at Politicon making a statement that “Trans people are not a joke.”

It was just last month that Ava Le’Ray Barrin, a transgender woman was murdered. She was 17. According to the Human Rights Commission, “In 2016, advocates tracked at least 22 deaths of transgender people in the United States due to fatal violence, the most ever recorded. These victims were killed by acquaintances, partners and strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have yet to be identified.”

We need to do better and be better. When we say Black Lives Matter, we not just saying the lives of Black Straight Cis people. Black LGBT Lives also matter and we need people in public positions of power to stand up for the voiceless. We need them to call out transphobia and help create a space where transgender people can feel space.

Lil Duval doesn’t seem bothered by the negative attention. He tweeted this.

I guess it is time to boycott him.

The hosts of The Breakfast Club have to also apologise and promise that they will support equality on all fronts. We need to progress as a people.

Equality for all. Trans rights are human rights.

 

Boye Black (a pseudonym) is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Rustin Times.

 

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this Op-Ed by the Writer are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Rustin Times.

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