No Justice for CeCe

A black transgender woman faces prison for killing her attacker. Her supporters call that a crime.

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McDonald, the Newark 4 or Darnell "Dynasty" Young (the gay student who brought a stun gun to school to fight off his bullies) would most likely tell you: You fight back; you fight for your life, because no one else has your back.

As long as our society continues to co-sign on the former sentiment, black transgender people like CeCe McDonald will continue to look over their shoulders, scared as hell, knowing that when danger lurks, if they have the audacity to fight back and not allow themselves to be killed, there's a good chance that they are the ones who will be punished. The message is crystal clear: Transgender people have very little value in this world, dead or alive.

Kellee Terrell is an award-winning Brooklyn, N.Y.-based freelance writer who writes about race, gender, health and pop culture. Terrell is also the news editor for thebody.com, a website about HIV/AIDS. She blogs about health for BET.com. Follow her on Twitter.

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