Letter to the Editor: On Equality

Equality is great! Fairness for all is great! But what does that mean? In this day and age, a quick “I support equality for everyone” inserted in a heterosexual cis man’s twitter bio is all it takes to be considered a hero. I have news. It takes much more than that.

We are moving more towards an accepting society and that is wonderful. But here’s the thing. Being down for equality is more than words. There has to be education and action. If you are in a space and someone says a disparaging comment about transwomen and you don’t speak up, you are a part of the problem. If you are reading this and you are not aware of what it means to be a “transwoman” or how being a non-gender conforming body affects day-to-day life, you are a part of the problem.

It makes no sense to say “Black people should have the same rights as White people” but remain sedentary in movements against systematic oppression. It is still wrong to say that women should be able to do as they please, but then turn around and condemn Beyoncé for her “oversexualized” lyrics. It is extremely illogical to be riled up for the death of Mike Brown and fired up for police brutality, but actively ignore the plight facing those in the GSM community (again, look it up if you don’t know).

As an ally, the most important thing you need to do is listen. Coming from a person of color, know that our conversations are not for you to voice your opinions about how you “just don’t get it.”

Coming from a queer body of color, you also need to understand that our most important issue is not marriage. Yes, thank you for acknowledging that yet another state has given gay people the right to marry on your Instagram . But understand that that there are bigger fights in our own community. The fight for acceptance will not be granted by a piece of paper. Stop hiding behind your superficial definition of equality and come get on the front lines of the fight.

Ciera Williams is a junior Sports Management.