open letters

U.S. Marshals’ New Motto: ‘Look At The Shim’

Autumn Sandeen, the transgender blogger and Navy veteran, was among those who protested DADT last week and was peacefully arrested at the White House fence. And while the five other activists were reportedly treated kindly by the Park Police and U.S. Marshals, Ms. Sandeen was described as a “shim” and an “it” while in custody. She’s written an open letter to the president about what happened, and although we doubt he’ll respond publicly, it’s another one of these “Imagine if federal officials referred to a black or Asian person” with similarly derogatory language. Those communities would be in uproar, and demanding heads. Ours? Easily ignored.