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We S.A.I.D Enough Is Enough

Saturday, August 6, 2016

California History Professor Jennifer Thompson's Statement Opposing SF Board of Supervisors Whitewashing The 1966 Compton's Cafeteria Riot's Legacy

Professor Jennifer Thompson, PhD
Jennifer Thompson teaches history at Cal State Fullerton (with a focus on African studies,) and is openly trans - making her one of the only Black women to be both openly trans and a professor at a university in the country. As a native and current resident of California she's also particularly interested in California's trans and LGBQ of color history, so it's understandable why she's extremely disappointed with the recent development concerning San Francisco's elected officials making light of the racist, transphobic and homophobic police brutality that led to the Compton's Cafeteria Riot of 1966 in San Francisco, California (three years before Stonewall), the same year the Black Panthers were founded and at a moment that should be honored, not 'whitewashed'.
Last summer Professor Thompson helped lead efforts to call out the 'Stonewall' film's whitewashing, history revisionism, trans-minimizing and racism by presenting a historical lecture during Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depiction's (SAID) education rally which was held outside Warner Brothers Studio near Hollywood (film's distributor) .

Today she released the following statement to be published on SAID's website which opposed the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors unbelievable renaming of the intersection of Turk and Taylor after an accomplice of police brutality - rather than after the actual resistance and riots that protested SFPD's hateful violence against trans, LGBQ, poor, homeless, Black and/or Brown residents of San Francisco.

Here is her statement:
With the recent passage of a measure to rename part of Taylor Street "Gene Compton Cafeteria Way," the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has, in one fell swoop, erased the historical struggles and activism of the local trans and queer communities in 1966 and honored an individual who caused grievous harm to trans and queer people, alike.

Led by trans women, gender variant people, drag queens and gay people, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot of August 1966 came about because trans and queer people rose up against racist and transphobic police brutality, legal discrimination and the intolerance of Gene Compton - the white male owner of the cafeteria who called the police on peaceful persons trying to live authentically, therefore inciting state violence.

The activism at Compton’s Cafeteria anticipated the Stonewall Uprising of June 1969. I urge the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to rescind the recently passed ordinance, and honor trans people and their history by replacing the name "Gene Compton Cafeteria Way" with "Compton's Cafeteria Riots Way. Thank you! - Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson, PhD

Lecturer of History

California State University, Fullerton
From Trans Forming Media www.TransFormingMedia.blogspot.com:

"Trans Icon Donna Personna "Betrayed, Disappointed" by SF City Whitewashing Compton's Cafeteria Riot" http://transformingmedia.blogspot.com/2016/08/video-trans-icon-donna-personna.html

VIDEO: Iconic Trans Pioneer Donna Personna's Testimony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf8Mzu6LbxA&feature=youtu.be

From Trans Forming Media's Ashley Love:

On July 16th, directly following the Tenderloin Museum's One Year Anniversary celebration, I interviewed trans pioneer and artist Donna Personna (she was in SF during Compton Cafeteria Riots) about San Francisco city's unbelievable whitewashing of Compton Cafeteria Riot's legacy.

During the recent post-Trans March ceremony on June 24, 2016 the city renamed the intersection of Turk and Taylor 'Gene Compton Cafeteria Way' instead of  'Compton Cafeteria Riots Way' as Donna and others voted on, and what the community assumed it was being renamed as.

So not only has 'Riots' been whitewashed out, the name of an accomplice of police brutality has been snuck in. Gene Compton, the cafeteria owner who conspired with the violent law enforcement, should not be honored, the people's resistance against transphobia, homophobia and racist and sexist state violence should be.

#DropTheGene #DropTheG #DropPoliceBrutality


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