Victim of McDonald’s beating speaks out

From The Baltimore Sun:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-mcdonalds-beating-20110423,0,3336656.story

Transsexual woman called attack ‘hate crime,’ has been afraid to be seen in public

By Jill Rosen,
The Baltimore Sun6:40 p.m. EDT, April 23, 2011

A transsexual woman brutally beaten at a Baltimore County McDonald’s spoke out on Saturday, saying that the attack was “definitely a hate crime” and that she’s been afraid to leave the house ever since.

“They said, ‘That’s a dude, that’s a dude and she’s in the female bathroom,'” said Chrissy Lee Polis, who’s 22 and says she stopped at the Rosedale restaurant to use the restroom. “They spit in my face.”

A worker at the restaurant taped Monday’s attack and created a graphic video that eventually went viral on Friday. After the video garnered hundreds of thousands of views on websites, McDonald’s issued a statement condemning the incident and on Saturday, fired the worker that taped it.

The video shows two women — one of them a 14-year-old girl — repeatedly kicking and punching Polis in the head as an employee and a patron try to intervene. Others can be heard laughing, and men are seen standing idly by.

Toward the end of the video, one of the suspects lands a punishing blow to the victim’s head, and Polis appears to have a seizure. A man’s voice tells the women to run because police are coming.

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It’s not the first time, Polis said, that she’s been picked on — physically — because of her sexual preferences. She said she’s been subjected to beatings and even sexual assaults.

She says seeing herself all over the Internet and all over the news has been “like walking out of the closet all over again.” Polis, who says she had a sex change operation to become a woman, is concerned that the public attention this has brought her could trigger more violence — and worries it could hurt her chances of getting a job. “I want to cry but I need to hold my head up,” she said.

Complete article at:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-mcdonalds-beating-20110423,0,3336656.story

2 Responses to “Victim of McDonald’s beating speaks out”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Been reading the comments on this story on Liveleak, where the vid was aired last week. The ferocity of the condemnation of the two black women was overwhelming. …till it was revealed the white girl was ‘transgendered’ and therefore, it seems, probably deserved the beating.
    It’s very frightening to see the turnaround in attitudes.

    • Suzan Says:

      When you take oppressions out of tidy little identity packages they become far more complex and messy. things like sex, sexuality, gender race and class as well as age and ableness can all be factors. One can go from being oppressed by one of those factors to oppressing others for the same or different factors.

      I was in LA in 92, when the riots broke out. I lived in Korea Town at the same time black people were attacking whites and Koreans, Nation of Islam men were there protecting white and Korean people from attacks by other black people.

      I’ve watched the racism between Latinos and Blacks.

      If having power is a prerequisite for racism that means a lot of lumpen prole white people who are Nazis and Kluckers can’t be racist because they to are powerless in this society.

      Having a dialogue about race doesn’t mean a one-sided berating of others. And the first place to start dealing with it is form within.


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