Do You Know about CeCe?

From Abagond:
CeCe McDonald (1989- ) is an American black transgender woman who defended herself during a racist, transphobic hate crime and was charged with second-degree murder. She pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 41 months. She is in a men’s prison.

Her case went to trial in 2012 when Trayvon Martin was big. Compare:
  • George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, a black boy, in “self-defence”. He did not have to go to the hospital. He was not arrested till after a month of nationwide protests.
  • CeCe McDonald killed a white man nearly twice her age in a fight in front of a bar after having a beer mug smashed in her face, leaving a wound that required 11 stitches. She was the only one in the fight immediately arrested.
On the night of June 5th 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, McDonald and four of her friends, all of them black, walked a half mile to buy some food. At first the the police stopped and questioned them but then let them go. Then they walked past some white people in front of a bar calling them “faggots”, “niggers” and “chick with dicks”.

Either she or one of her friends went over and told them not to talk like that. A white woman, Molly Flaherty, smashes her beer mug in McDonald’s face. Flaherty then says, ”I can take on all of you bitches” and throws the first punch. A fight breaks out.

At one point McDonald and Dean Schmitz are out in the middle of the street. McDonald is 22, Schmitz is a man in his 40s. McDonald pulls out a pair of fabric scissors from her bag. Schmitz charges. She stabs him right through the heart. She may not have seen it at the time but over his heart was a tattoo of a swastika, a white supremacist symbol.

McDonald and her friends flee, Schmitz dies on the way to the hospital. The police arrest her for second-degree murder, facing up to 80 years in prison. In male prison at that, probably much of it in solitary for her own “protection”.

Among trans women in prison, 20% have been physically assaulted, 21% have been sexually assaulted. And if you are of colour, like McDonald, the rates for sexual assault are two to three times higher than that.

Among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) people killed in hate crimes, 44% are trans women, especially trans women of colour.

If you are a trans woman of colour the odds of being murdered are 1 in 8. CeCe is the girl who lived.

In early 2012 when the case went to trial it received support across the country among LGBT groups with cries of “Free CeCe”. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge – manslaughter – and got 41 months in prison.

Nearly a year after the fight, the woman who started it all, Molly Flaherty, was charged with third-degree assault. She got a six-month sentence.

CeCe McDonald is now in a men’s prison. There is a petition to get her moved to a women’s prison.
I've been reading Transgriot's blog for years; that was where I first learned about CeCe McDonald...and the daily death toll of Transsisters worldwide.

CeCe is still alive, thank the gods, but she's being punished basically because she was too "uppity" and didn't want to be anyone's victim.


  1. That is so messed up on so many levels.

    SMH, this world is just too damn f*ked up.

  2. The powers that be seem to get bolder and bolder, with their hate, every year.


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