#Justice4Gemmel -- How Systems of Societal Privilege Deny Justice to QTPoC

No charges have been filed against Democratic political donor, Ed Buck, in the July 2017 death of Gemmel Moore, a gay, black escort found dead in his home. The cause of death was ruled fatal overdose of methamphetamines, with suspicion surrounding Buck as the one responsible for administering the drugs to Moore.

In personal diary entries published by journalist Jasmyne Cannick, Gemmel Moore wrote: “If it didn’t hurt so bad, I’d kill myself, but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.” The LAPD waited nineteen days after Gemmel Moore’s death before launching a homicide investigation, despite the fact that drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, and Moore’s journal entries explicitly implicated Ed Buck.

Then in July 2018, Gemmel Moore’s death was ruled an accident.

The lackadaisical attitude towards black, queer lives should matter to all, and should be taken seriously by all structures of authority. There is no doubt that had the roles been reversed, Gemmel Moore would have been crucified by mainstream media. Instead, Buck’s role in Gemmel Moore’s death has gone  unpunished as the public weaponises respectability politics.

Even in death, Gemmel Moore is forced to answer for his perceived crimes of being queer and black and a sex worker, whilst Buck wields his wealth and whiteness as protection from scrutiny.

Further reading:

Justice4Gemmel website

#Justice4Gemmel hastag (Twitter)

 

The Workshop @ The EFNIKS Daily is our writing program for young QTPoC writers. Each of the 5 writers identify as QTPoC, and are between the ages of 17 and 22. Program participants receive a $200 stipend for the 60-day program. You can help us build this and other EFNIKS programs by visiting our support page.