THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — From The Daily Kos: “A murder occurred in Oakland early Sunday morning. As of this posting, there is exactly one — count it — one, article about the incident in the media, at least as measured by Google News hits for Oakland murder.” The title of the article: Transgender Woman Murdered in Oakland. Nobody Cares.
Prompted by seeing a blog post about a rally being held for a trans woman (later identified as Brandy Martell) who was murdered in Oakland, I, too, hit Google to see what I could find out. My search came up with zero initially (I wrote my article earlier than the Kos report). I was about to give up until there was one hit from a newspaper across the bay down south – San Jose. Had it not been for that fortunate stroke of luck, I likely would have not been able report on the murder.
From The Daily Kos: “But as of five o’clock today (April 30, 2012) Oakland’s flagship newspaper, the Oakland Tribune, had absolutely nothing about a rather shocking crime that took place just a block from Frank Ogawa Plaza / Oscar Grant Park.”
Sadly though, this is not unique to Oakland. Time and time again I’ve been unable to confirm reports (usually from blogs with no sources) of trans people being murdered, days after the fact, in the cities’ own newspapers and other mainstream media sources. “I’ll update when I know more” is something I’m getting weary of writing when it comes to the murder of our trans sisters and brothers.
My article about Brandy Martell: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/person-killed-in-oakland-confrontation-likely-a-transgender-woman/
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