The Price We Pay Andre Jenkins Analysis

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On March 1 2017, I attended an event for the anthology A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. This event included readings, musical performances, and a choreographed performance. The entire event completely captivated me, but I was most impacted by Andrea Jenkins reading from her part of the anthology titled “The Price We Pay: How Race and Gender Identity Converge”. In her piece, she talked a lot about gender identity, race, and how they intersect. Two parts that stood out to me was the story of effects of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination on black children and the effects society has on people who are transgender. Andrea Jenkins referred to a story of how the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. had on the education of black children. After the assassination, she and other black students were sent home on that day and were not allowed back. This fits well with Lorber’s examination of Multiethnic / Multiracial Feminism. A source of inequality for MEMRF are the patterns of privilege. Though white privilege has been prominent throughout many American institutions, it is especially prevalent within…show more content…
Am I still a woman? I will never bleed from between my legs, unless I cut myself shaving. Am I still a woman?” Andrea Jenkins said this in reference to being a transgender woman. I feel like this pairs well with the reading “Trans Action for Social and Economic Justice” in Color of Violence. A common belief of many people throughout the world, specifically America, is that a woman is only a woman if she can bear children. As exemplified by Trans Justice in the following excerpt, “transphobic violence is justified using medical theories and religious beliefs, and is perpetuated in order to preserve US heterosexist values” (TransJustice 228) The theory that only persons who are biologically female can be a woman is a violence against trans women, which is perpetuated daily within the American societal norm of the gender
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