Journalist suspended from Twitter after simultaneously insulting black and trans people in Chelsea Clinton tweet
A conservative journalist has been temporarily suspended from Twitter after responding to Chelsea Clinton with a tweet that managed to offend both the trans and the black communities.
On November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, he responded to a tweet from Chelsea Clinton raising awareness of the shockingly high rate of trans murders in the US.
“Since 2013, more than 150 trans people have been murdered in the U.S., the majority Black transgender women,” Clinton wrote. “On #TDoR2019, we remember and honour the lives lost, hold their loved ones in our hearts and must commit to doing all we can to end this epidemic of violence and hate.”
Since 2013, more than 150 trans people have been murdered in the U.S., the majority Black transgender women. On #TDoR2019, we remember and honor the lives lost, hold their loved ones in our hearts and must commit to doing all we can to end this epidemic of violence and hate. https://t.co/c1pYPPmpxD
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 20, 2019
This terrifying fact was lost on Ngo, who sought to minimise the issue with his reply.
“The US is one of the safest countries for trans people. The murder rate of trans victims is actually lower than that for cis population,” he said. “Also, who is behind the murders? Mostly black men.”
Andy Ngo’s tweet was deemed to have violated the Twitter rules against hateful conduct and his account was temporarily suspended.
Ngo replied: “Stating a verifiable empirical claim with no value judgement attached is determined to be ‘hateful conduct’ by Twitter. The platform most used by journalists to communicate and counter ‘fake news’ also actively punishes individuals for communicating truths when they are deemed politically inconvenient.”
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While on the surface the trans murder rate does appear lower than that of the cis population, this is not an equivalent comparison as the lack of accurate and reliable data makes it impossible to know exactly how widespread anti-transgender violence really is. A large number of trans murders are not reported and many more are misgendered in police reports.
However, it is generally estimated that transgender women face 4.3 times the risk of becoming homicide victims than the general population of all women.
Ngo’s critics pointed out that he is known for “spreading hate speech about the transgender community and people of colour”, and urged Patreon to stop his funding.
Andy Ngo was temporarily suspended today by Twitter for a racist and transphobic tweet.
Andy Ngo has a history of instigating violence against journalists and activists.
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) November 26, 2019