Twitter temporarily suspended journalist Andy Ngo’s account because he replied to Chelsea Clinton with verifiable data on the murder rate of transgender women of African descent in the United States.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s daughter mentioned in a Tweet that the United States suffered an “epidemic” of violence and hate against transgender people, and Ngo replied that the rate of crimes against them was lower than that of non-transgender people, and Twitter considered his response to be “hateful behavior.”
“Since 2013, more than 150 trans people have been murdered in the United States, the majority Black transgender women. On #TDoR2019 we remember and honor the lives lost, hold their loved ones in our hearts and must commit to doing all we can to end this epidemic of violence and hate,” Chelsea wrote in her tweet.
For his part, Ngo responded with a Tweet that said: “The US is one of the safest countries for trans people. The murder rate of trans victims is actually lower than that for cis population. Also, who is behind the murders? Mostly black men,” which was deleted by Twitter.
The facts cited by Ngo are verifiable, and published by the same leftist activist organization Human Rights Campaign that illustrates the tweet sent by Chelsea Clinton, but the journalist noted that they contradict the narrative of oppression against transgender people that activists tend to push.
The Human Rights Campaign represents a human rights group of the LGBT community.
Andy Ngo, who is gay, responded from The Post Millennial about the censorship that Twitter applied to his response to Chelsea’s tweet.
“Stating a verifiable empirical claim with no value judgement attached is determined to be ‘hateful conduct’ by Twitter. The platform most used by journalists to communicate and counter ‘fake news’ also actively punishes individuals for communicating truths when they are deemed politically inconvenient,” Ngo wrote.
The journalist’s response about the low murder rate of transgender women in the United States is corroborated by research published in the American Journal of Public Health according to which: “The overall homicide rate of transgender individuals was likely to be less than that of cisgender individuals.”
Cisgenders are those who identify with the gender they were born with.
For his part, the writer Chad Felix Greene mentions reports of the Human Rights Council of 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
“Of the 118 listed cases [of killing] from 2015 to 2019, 52 have known murderers. The above chart reveals that the racial identity of the victim and the murderer seem entirely irrelevant to the murder motivation,” writes Greene.
The data undermines one of the points that has been given prominence in U.S. policy among activists and Democrats, and that seeks to portray violence against transgender people as an “epidemic” in the country.