Retelling Racialized Violence, Remaking White Innocence: The Politics of Interlocking Oppressions in Transgender Day of Remembrance

Lamble, Sarah (2008) Retelling Racialized Violence, Remaking White Innocence: The Politics of Interlocking Oppressions in Transgender Day of Remembrance. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 5 (1). pp. 24-42. ISSN 1553-6610. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Transgender Day of Remembrance has become a significant political event among those resisting violence against gender-variant persons. Commemorated in more than 250 locations worldwide, this day honors individuals who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. However, by focusing on transphobia as the definitive cause of violence, this ritual potentially obscures the ways in which hierarchies of race, class, and sexuality constitute such acts. Taking the Transgender Day of Remembrance/Remembering Our Dead project as a case study for considering the politics of memorialization, as well as tracing the narrative history of the Fred F. C. Martinez murder case in Colorado, the author argues that deracialized accounts of violence produce seemingly innocent White witnesses who can consume these spectacles of domination without confronting their own complicity in such acts. The author suggests that remembrance practices require critical rethinking if we are to confront violence in more effective ways.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled keywords: gender; sexuality; race; class; racism; transphobia; memorialization; narrative; activism; identity politics; intersectionality analysis; transgender politics; queer politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School > Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality
Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing
Depositing User: S.R. Lamble
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2009 12:56
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 00:22
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/9391 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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