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Trans model speaks out after being fired for saying 'all white people are racist.'

Trans model speaks out after being fired for saying 'all white people are racist.'

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On Saturday, the trans model Munroe Bergdorf spoke to Channel 4 News about her recent experience of being fired from a L'Oreal campaign for speaking against racism, and what she meant when she said 'all white people are racist.'

Just last week Bergdorf made history when she was announced as the face of a L'Oreal UK Campaign. However, after the company caught wind of a Facebook post the model wrote about the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, L'Oreal took her words out of context and fired her.

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When I was growing up, transgender women - especially transgender women of colour had next to zero positive representation in the media and there was almost no information or understanding about us. If we were portrayed on television or in films, it was solely in tragic storylines or with our gender as the punchline of a joke. As an 8 year old, I remember watching the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, starring comedian Jim Carey, at a classmates house after school. Sorry to ruin the ending if you haven't seen it (don't bother), it ends in the movie's villain being caught, stripped to her underwear and exposed as in fact 'a man'. Then to add insult to injury, everyone in the room starts vomiting as they have all engaged in sex with her. This film was given a PG certificate. Imagine being eight years old, knowing that you're transgender but not having the language to verbalise it and then seeing a scene like this including a trans person, played by a cis woman - it may see trivial to some but I carried that 'punchline' throughout my adolescence, it made me feel guilty and confused about who I truly was, so I pushed my true self into my subconscious and tried to be someone I was not. Fast forward two decades and I am so proud to be doing my bit for transgender visibility in the media. I'm by no stretch of the imagination a perfect person, but none of us are. However, I'm a whole person, with flaws, aspirations and interests. I'm often referred to a role model for the community, which annoys me because none of us need to be compared to each other. But I'm definitely down to be considered as a role option if anyone does see themselves in me or my story. Thank you L'Oréal for giving me this platform, I hope it reaches another little 8 year old trans girl and makes her feel a little more hopefull and a little less scared about her future, than what was installed in me when I was her age. The world is changing and I like how the world is changing. Because we are ALL worth it. #allworthit #yourstruly @lorealmakeup.

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Before Bergdorf had a chance to further contextualize her thoughts behind the Facebook post, Daily Mail published it - further removing it from context.

"Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people," Bergdorf wrote in the post. "Because most of ya'll don't even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***. Until then stay acting shocked about how the world continues to stay f***** at the hands of your ancestors and your heads that remain buried in the sand with hands over your ears. Come see me when you realise that racism isn't learned, it's inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege.'Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk."

Sources: Twitter Moment
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