Though conversations on state violence tend to focus on (presumed straight) men, women, queer, and trans folks of color have a huge stake in this conversation. Violence on behalf of the state affects women, queer, and trans folks of color directly in alotofdifferentways – not to mention the very real toll of state violence on other members of our communities: our fathers, our brothers, our children. It should come as no surprise, then, when women and queer folks of color address these issues in their music.
So I’ve put together a (non-exhaustive) list of women and queer folks of color tackling the subject of state violence. Whether they’re addressing violent and discriminatory policing, the ever-growing prison industrial complex, or increasingly criminalized immigration enforcement practices, these folks are making it clear through their music and/or visuals that issues of state violence are important to women and queer folks, that they are issues that affect us and our communities, and that these communities resist state violence in creative and beautiful ways.
by Veronica Bayetti Flores.