Cece McDonald is a 24 year-old transgender woman who made headlines recently when she stabbed a white male who was part of a group who was harassing her.
McDonald’s case has several implications of racism and transphobia. She was a victim of an attack by a group with violent tendencies against her as one member of the group smashed a glass on her face. McDonald felt that her life was in danger, and tried to protect herself which evidently meant that she had to use whatever force necessary to keep herself safe and unarmed. In this case McDonald used a knife to stab one attacker, 47-year old Dean Schmitz who died from his injuries.
It is reported that Schmitz allegedly had a tattoo of a swastika on his chest and that he had a history of domestic violence. However, his record was not allowed in the trial, but McDonald’s past conviction for writing a bad check was!
Recently, she plead guilty to manslaughter charges and must serve her three-year sentence in an all male prison.
And so, hell broke loose against a couple of institutions supporting the dreaded Prison Industrial Complex. Colorlines’ own Jorge Rivas reports:
“Several ‘Free CeCe’ messages of support were spray-painted on the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility where CeCe McDonald was staying Monday. Supporters gathered in front of the facility where McDonald—a young black transgender woman—was being held before being moved in to a Minnesota state intake facility in St. Cloud that will determine if she will be housed in a male prison permanently.”
And the message continued to spread to the Wells Fargo bank in Portland, Oregon, in the form of a Molotov cocktail:
“A Wells Fargo bank branch manager in Portland, Oregon discovered a broken window and an unlit Molotov cocktail inside the building Wednesday morning. An anonymous message posted on an anarchist website took responsibility for the action they called a small gesture of solidarity with CeCe McDonald, the young black transgender woman the state of Minnesota has said will initialy incarcerate as a male.
‘As a small gesture of solidarity with CeCe, and all others who suffer under the hand of the racist, trans-misogynist capitalist state, a Molotov cocktail has been tossed through a large window of a Wells Fargo in Portland, Oregon late last night,’ reads the statement on Anarchistnews.org. ‘The flaming bottle flew easily through the window spewing fire and glass into the building, a delightful and brief escape from the monotony of the endless spectacle.”
The continued hunger of the Prison Industrial Complex for more black and brown bodies has gone on virtually unchallenged until recent years. For years, the Complex brought in a huge influx of profit to house prisoners, most of them being prisoners of color for nonviolent crimes. The LBGT communities of color are no exceptions to this crisis.
CeCe McDonald’s imprisonment inside an male facility is but one example of this nation’s so-called justice system that is heavily into money as opposed to actual justice. These “messages” delivered by McDonald’s supporters make the point clear and simple that a grave misdeed was done against a beautiful transgendered female, and that her conviction and imprisonment represented yet another problem with the court system and this nation’s intolerance toward the LBGT community, especially the communities of color.
This may well be a prelude to a war against the ravenous monster known as the American Justice System.