Also.Also.Also: Jordan Neely Deserved So Much More Than What We Gave Him

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I.. I don’t even have the words today. But I hope everyone is taking care of themselves out there.

Political Snacks

I want to start off by saying that this news isn’t actually “political” because it is not political to say that people should not be able to murder another human being, in broad daylight, on film, and still be walking around like it didn’t happen. And it’s not political to say that Black people — especially when they are poor, unhoused, and in need of mental health care — are systematically let down by the supposed “social net” that’s their right to have. That they are also often criminalized in their own death as opposed to their actual, literal murder. None of those things are political statements.

But I do want to wish love and peace Jordan Neely, who deserved so much more than what we gave him. I want to wish that same love and peace to everyone who knew Jordan, who is mourning him. And to all of us Black people who are trying to survive this day-by-day.

Subway Rider Choked Homeless Man to Death, Medical Examiner Rules. “Jordan Neely died after a man held him in a chokehold. On Wednesday, the medical examiner’s office said the cause of death was compression of the neck, and ruled it a homicide.”

‘I Was Always in Awe Seeing Him Dance.’ “Jordan Neely, as remembered by his Michael Jackson ‘fanmily.'”

Making People Uncomfortable Can Now Get You Killed by Roxane Gay for the NYT.

Jordan Neely Just Needed Some Help. “You only get the one life. I keep thinking about that.” This one is my must read.

Queer as in F*ck You

How Gen Z Changed Its Views On Gender

How Your Favorite Queer Creators Use Fashion and Beauty to Tell the World Who They Are. “From Orville Peck to Sugar and Spice, these trailblazers are modeling—for the LGBTQ community and beyond—what it means to be wholly, authentically, genuinely yourself. And also hot as hell.”

Let’s check in on Florida:

And now we will check in on Montana and Rep. Zooey Zephyr:

I love this news, personally! Chicago Is About To Have The Gayest City Council In The Country

Piece by Piece: How I Found a Wedding-Guest Outfit to Reflect My Gender (also loved this)

Saw This, Thought of You

“Cop City is the Atlanta ruling class’ chosen solution to a set of interrelated crises produced by decades of organized abandonment in the city.” This is the Atlanta Way: A Primer on Cop City (I’ve been really wanting to get a piece on the queer activists behind the Cop city protests on our site, but until I make that dream a reality this excellent primer from Scalawag will do)

Wholesome content! Meet the Painter Behind the Iconic Covers for ‘the Baby-Sitters Club’

We already started our coverage of the WGA Writers Strike this week, but here’s more from Brittani Nichols, who you might know as Autostraddle alum and friend-of-the-website, and also as a writer on Abbott Elementary, but you may not know is also a WGA Captain!! Great person to learn from imo: Abbott Elementary’s Brittani Nichols Decries “Gig Economy” in Streaming Era (we also included this in yesterday’s Pop Culture Fix, which is how you know we think it’s important!

Twitter Really Is Worse Than Ever. “Under Elon Musk, hate speech has surged and propaganda accounts have thrived.”

Jonah Peretti Has Regrets About BuzzFeed News. “The site’s founder and C.E.O. valued fun and experimentation on the Internet, but never found a way to make ‘free journalism purpose-built for social media’ profitable.”

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen Phillips is Autostraddle's former editor in chief. She began at Autostraddle in 2017 as a freelance team writer and worked her way up through the company, eventually becoming the EIC from 2021-2024. A Black Puerto Rican feminist writer with a PhD in American Studies from New York University, Carmen specializes in writing about Blackness, race, queerness, politics, culture, and the many ways we find community and connection with each other.  During her time at Autostraddle, Carmen focused on pop culture, TV and film reviews, criticism, interviews, and news analysis. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. And there were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. To reach out, you can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram, or her website.

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  1. With the way that R*ttenhouse was lionized after what he did, I knew that this Marine (read: trained killer) was gonna be put on that same damn pedestal and we’re watching it in real time. The way I have seen “humanity” being manipulated from, y’know, NOT walking around murdering people at the slightest inconvenience to the polar opposite makes me think this is only gonna become more common with more “vigilantes” being praised by big media.

  2. We’re living in a taxi driver world which is sad because the main point is that it’s sad to just be a racist manic with a gun pretending to b vigilante

    How America treated the public during the pandemic normalized this beyond gross behavior

  3. Thank you so much Carmen for the articles on Jordan Neely. Especially that one by Albert Burneko.
    I would also like to put this here for others to see. Banko Brown, a black trans man whose life was taken on Thursday.
    Here is the link to the go fund me for Banko Brown’s memorial.

    Additionally here is a go fund me for a fundraiser being organized by Jordan Neely’s aunt;

    All people, but especially those In positions of racial and economic privilege should be looking out how we practice apathy through inaction. I’m going to be thinking a lot about this.

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