Sherrell FaulknerAge 46
16 May 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)
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Sherrell died at Carolinas Medical Center as a result of an attack on 30th November 2016 when she was beaten and left beside a trash bin.
In Memory of Sherrell Faulkner
This is a memorial for Sherrell Faulkner, a 46-year old woman from Charlotte, North Carolina, who deserves to be remembered as fully human, and not merely as a headline. It goes almost without saying that Ms. Faulkner’s death is one in a tragic continuum of black trans women who are victimized, brutalized, and murdered just for their very existence. It needs to be said, however, that Sherrell Faulkner’s life is worth specific recognition and celebration. In every way that her death is systematic, it is also deeply individual, and should be treated as such.
When we only see Sherrell Faulkner as one name in a much-too-long list of transgender victims, we dehumanize her in a means that is ideologically similar to her aggressor(s). For this reason, we won’t to re-iterate the specifics of her death, since too many pieces focus only on them (we have linked some of these throughout.) Instead, we want to take a moment to talk about the Southern context of her death, and most importantly, the specifics of her life, which deserves its own context and recognition. Her death is both part of a national epidemic and a Charlotte-specific tragedy; it is simultaneously a community-wide trial and an individual tribulation for her loved ones.