Crowder in Washington Post: June’s rallies for black transgender lives can change attitudes and policies

Sunday, Jun 28, 2020

Chaya Crowder, PhD candidate and CSDP-affiliated graduate student, discusses her research that finds that calling for “intersectional solidarity” awakens and mobilizes allies in the Washington Post. She emphasizes the implications of her findings for politics and for policy,


These findings about intersectional solidarity help us understand the political implications of protests in support of All Black Lives Matter. Disadvantaged subgroups of broader marginalized groups generally receive limited attention. For instance, at least two black women were murdered this month below the national news radar: Dominique Rem’Mie Fells and Oluwatoyin SalauBreonna Taylor’s death didn’t become national news until after outrage spread about Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd.

However, my work suggests that the work of activists and organizers like Raquel Willis and West Dakota of Brooklyn Liberation can have policy consequences. By increasing awareness and concern surrounding the murders of black transgender people, they may increase support for policies that address the multiple forms of discrimination faced by black transgender people and other intersectionally marginalized groups.