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"@nckash and I protested today in New Orleans," the 24-year-old actor began. "We chanted 'Black Trans Lives Matter,' 'Black Queer Lives Matter,' 'All Black Lives Matter'. As a black queer man myself, I was disappointed to see certain people eager to say Black Lives Matter, but hold their tongue when Trans/Queer was added."
"I want to reiterate this sentiment: if your revolution does not include Black Queer voices, it is anti-black."
Smith then highlighted Tony McDade, a 38-year-old transgender person who was shot and killed by police in May, but the case has not been as high-profile as Floyd's or Ahmaud Arbery's.
"If your revolution is okay with letting black trans people like #TonyMcDade slip through the cracks in order to solely liberate black cishet men, it is anti-black," he wrote. "You are trying to push yourself through the door of a system designed against you, and then shut the door behind you. It is in our conditioning to get as close to whiteness, straightness, maleness as we can because that’s where the power is."
"And if we appeal to it, maybe it'll give us a slice.," he continued. "But the revolution is not about appeal. It is about demanding what should have been given to us from the beginning. What should have been given to black, queer, and trans individuals from the beginning."
"Which is the right to exist. To live and prosper in public. Without fear of persecution or threat of violence."
He ended his eloquent message by sharing adorable pictures of himself with Nicholas in an attempt to showcase love after "so much tragedy on the timeline these last couple of days."
The "The Get Down" actor added, "You've been my rock and guiding light through all of this and I love you so much. I know that on the other side of this Is change, though the fight is far from over."