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What happened when I publicly called out long-time bigot Todd Kincannon for saying transgender people should be “put into a camp”

I really wanted to write about running today. I haven’t written about running in a little while and the promise of this blog was write about both running and trans stuff. Unfortunately, sometimes other things come up that need to be written about…

Former South Carolina GOP Executive Director Todd Kincannon is no stranger to causing controversy and spewing hate. He has a long history of this. However, this week, he has upped the ante with the suggestion that transgender people should be rounded up and put into a “camp.” This man would rather promote the same ideas has Adolf Hitler than to allow transgender people the right to live freely among the rest of society, let alone have any sort of equality. You can read a bit more about the initial exchange here and hereΒ and you can this below:

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There is no mistaking this man’s intent. This is especially vile and it comes from a former GOP official.

I immediately decided to call this bigotry out:

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I am not naive, I knew what I was walking into here, however, I did not expect the level to which I would be personally attacked. Not only did Todd Kincannon himself take the time to attack me, but a dozen or so of his followers joined in the party. They went through my tweets to find photos of me and continuously showed obsession with my genitals. This has been going for 48 hours now and has not yet come to an end.

I am tough, I can take attacks and hatred. I can stand up to bullies and fight back. I can enter a situation like this and be on the end of constant hate without being mentally or emotionally affected. These people are bullies and trolls and mean nothing to me, they cannot affect me emotionally.

However, not everyone is able to stand up to abuse online. What I’ve received this week is negligible in comparison to what others deal with. This has been a relatively small and isolated incident and is not my norm. I know people for whom this is their norm.Β I know people who have been publicly doxxed with their personal information shared online. I know people who have had letters sent to their jobs in an attempt to have them fired. The list of horribleness goes on and on. And that’s to mention nothing of the offline bullying youth are often on the receiving end of.

I stood up in defense of these people. I am glad to fight back. If I do nothing else but draw the fire of bullies and bigots off of those who are down, it’s worth it.

I also believe bullies, bigots, trolling, and hate speech of any kind must be challenged. At some level, these people want to get a rise out of others, it’s entertainment to them, but the real issue is deeper than that. Bullies and bigots want to silence. They want to take control over others. By “not feeding the trolls,” we give in to being silenced. We may not always be able to stand up and fight back, sometimes we must resort to simply ignoring the hate and getting friendly with the block button and we may rarely every change a bullies mind, but, when we are able to, we must stand up and refuse to be silenced.

There have been literally hundreds upon hundreds of tweets exchanged and directed towards me and others who have stood up. I could not attempt to expose them all, many of the worst tweets have already been deleted by those too cowardly to stand by their bigotry. I have selected some of the most offensive and vile and included them below (or after the jump) from those which have not yet been deleted. The photos themselves are clickable links to the actual tweets.

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Taking a shot at my followers as well

Taking a shot at my followers as well

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This actually shut this one up for good

This actually shut this one up for good

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6 Comments

  1. (I found this through your comments in an Addicting Info article on this cretin, by the way.)

    Stay strong. And congratulations on having the courage to say something.

    A friend once told me something about karma that I’ve found to be helpful (especially when i was riled up and wanted to “punish” someone for their egregious bad behavior). It’s not necessarily for us, to punish; karma will do it. And karma is not something mystical; it’s just the natural, inexorable result of own people’s actions. Take the analogy of biology: if someone plants a bad seed, a bad plant can’t help but be the result. And the same with good behaviors: good things will flow. (Though in both cases perhaps not as quickly or as obviously as we’d like. :) )

    And I’m not saying you shouldn’t address shithead-ery when you encounter it. I’m just saying, don’t be too dismayed if you don’t see immediate consequences for douchebags. They are creating their own futures (and they’re not pretty).

  2. It weirds me out that men are so damn threatened by trans women. But it also makes me think this is what they also think of cis women. But with the added “horror” of getting rid of an ALMIGHTY PENIS.

  3. How…? I take Kincannon’s childish tweets the same as someone yelling about welfare programs (not knowing how those programs are actually structured, yet they’re right about it) and he may as well be tweeting “nigger” over and over.

    I’m not a violent person, but I wouldn’t feel too bad about booting him square in the nards if I saw him. There’s no arguing with someone like that, so I’d only waste the breath it took for the quick sprint of the last few bounding steps towards.

    Again, I wanna do the same to John C. McGinley, but that’s another story.

    Good job being rational and throwing their stupidity back at them. Keep on rockin’ in the free world!

  4. I just found you recently during a runchat. I just started reading through your blog posts and I am appalled. I didn’t even realize you were trans, as it’s a non-issue with me, and it BLOWS MY MIND everyday that people are this hateful. I know it shouldn’t be surprising, but it is. I’m proud to “know” (in the Internet sense) someone as strong as you. I know it isn’t easy to take that abuse. I’ve seen some of the abuse as I’ve been following the brilliant Janet Mock for awhile, but I don’t think I realized it could get to this degree. I am so sorry this has to happen to you. I think you are an amazing example for other girls like you (and girls and boys and anyone taking abuse!) of how to handle an awful situation. I hope things get better and I know it’s terrible, but I wish mean things upon them. REALLY mean things.

    • Love Janet Mock! So much to learn from her! Definitely one of my biggest trans role models!

      There was a lot of hate spewed out from Todd and his followers (it actually still hasn’t stopped), but I don’t think it compares to what some people deal with everyday. I could have easily escaped it anytime by blocking or not engaging anymore. I’m lucky to be able to handle this kind of online abuse, many cannot.

      But there is a flip side to this whole situation…I’ve been retweeting him and continually engaging and challenging his hate and it has not gone unnoticed. Many cis (not transgender) people who have never had to spend a second thinking about trans people or what we deal with have been reaching out to me to condemn him and his words. This is all completely new to them and they are as appalled as you are. The extremeness of his rhetoric has made these anti-trans views completely unreasonable to the average person.

      In just 11 days, he’s done more to help us expose transphobia and hate than we could on our own in six months. He doesn’t even realize how much he’s helping us. His audience and way of thinking isn’t growing. Ours is.
      :-)

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