Friday, October 22, 2010

I'll see your ignorance, and raise you insurgence

So I'll try to keep it quick because that's all that mess like this deserves.
1. Always notice that those who make bold statements like these, just as those who committed these acts back in the day (and still to this day) are on the lowest rungs of even white society, doing worse off than many Black people regardless.  Counting their whiteness, they are people for whom the illusion of racism (because it is a fabricated lens through which to view human beings that was created for a specific purpose, mostly monetary and capitalistic) and the benefits that it is supposed to afford white people DOES NOT WORK!  They have the assumption that racism actually makes sense and will give them unfettered privilege and a ticket straight to the land of Bill Gates-hood.  But you see, they live disenfranchised, poor and ultimately failed even by their own white privilege on the whole.  They fail to see that capitalists only care about one color: green.  They only buy into racism because it allows them a permanent underclass to exploit.  Otherwise, they in general would not as much care.  He has no more of a brother in Glen Beck in real life than even I.  Cuz Glen Beck got money LOL and he follows the dolla signs!  The government and establishment does not like vicious white racism nor white racial vigilante violence.  Because it upsets the order of things.  They only allow it because it simultaneously feeds into the perpetuation and maintenance of the continued subjugation of the already established permanent underclass: basically, as long as they keep acting out against black people, black people will stay afraid and believe they're still inferior and so on and so forth.  Make no mistake about it, they like those poor white trash just where they are, on the fringes and poor and confused.  I pity his kind because at least I know where I stand in the eyes of the power elite lmao he apparently, is unclear about his place.
    1.a. With his race removed from the equation, he is a man who has no control over his own life and therefore seeks to claim some type of power or control that he otherwise does not have, by attempting to assert it over someone else.  Basically, he ain't shit, so he tries to make himself feel better by making someone else feel like they ain't shit.

2. "They" do shit like this because white privilege removes one crucial element: fear.  Black folk don't do mess we wanna do because we're afraid of consequence.  White folk by and large don't even factor in consequence, clearly. If this man was afraid that somebody would roll up to his house and punch him in the mouth, he wouldn't do mess like that but he's sure that it won't happen.  And you know what? It won't. LOL.
       2.a.   I say, in response, everytime one of "them" steps out like this, we must treat our adversary like an adversary!  He's not my enemy, he's my adversary!  He challenges you to a bout.  Okay.  I see your challenge and I will meet it.  My Halloween display, thus, would be comprised of one white man with a woolen beard (John Brown), one black man with a priestly collar (Nat Turner) and one black man with a powdered whig (Touissant) all standing gleefully with shotgun, hatchet and machete in hand, over cowering white women and children, with a beheaded white man lying on the ground.  Just like you have heritage, so do I. Game, endgame!

But I cannot personally do this, although I would, because I have positions in leadership and a community image and employment to keep in mind that I will absolutely put in jeopardy as a result.  I just can't afford to do all that.... at this point in life anyway.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What Dreams May Come: Voice

Not to be confused with arrogance and ego, self-expression is one of the most beautiful things that we as humans are gifted to do.  Ego and arrogance boasts that when expressing oneself, one has the audacity to assume or assert that others NEED or SHOULD be not only listening but benefiting.  I do not assume any of this but I appreciate the opportunity to share myself with whomever would take the time to give her audience.  I have been blessed with many gifts and talents, some involving expressing myself, some involving sensing and seeing others, and others involving finally, taking what I discern from others as an empath and giving voice to what I have found.  In this time of self cultivation, I must give birth to anything I can possibly create from within.  I still have yet to post pictures of my jewelry.  Well, find some of those pictures posted here and on my artisan's website page  However, I also have the opportunity to showcase my work next week (with plans to unveil new pieces to be created during the course of this week and this weekend, since it is a long "holiday" weekend... I'll make the day hallowed in my own way... I might even post some blog thoughts on just that ;-))  Also be on the look out for my first ever attempt at posting pictures and possibly video of my creative process.

As of tonight, I've also picked back up my pen, graphite and brush.  I definitely look forward to reclaiming my studio art skills.  Ya know, drawing and painting and so forth.... Yeah, it's about to go down lol.

More on the showcasing next week: So for those who may not know, I serve in a position of leadership on campus at Boston College.  I am on the executive board of SIESTA (Sisters Influencing and Empowering Sisters Through Assembly) in which we broach topics, host discussion and create programming around one simple yet intricate thing: giving the experiences of women of color a voice, while also fostering sisterhood.  SIESTA runs through the Women's Resource Center on campus.  I also serve as the ALC (AHANA Leadership Council) representative for SIESTA which also therefore means the WRC simultaneously.  We have some major things planned this year.  Stay tuned for that :-).  Once every semester, the WRC hosts an event called AROO (A Room of Our Own) where all BC women are invited to show off their artistic prowesses through whichever type of media they prefer.  Although I've been asked to do spoken word, I have chosen instead to showcase my handmade craft/adornments.

Given my work and my recent readings by Audre Lorde and Carole Boyce Davies, bell hooks and the like, I only believe even more firmly that it is SO CRUCIAL that Black Womb-men are not forced into silences and not talked over by whatever the various dominant narratives say about us, as we are marginalized in myriad ways coming from all directions as systems of oppression intersect.  Regardless to when, where, how and by any means necessary, we must exclame! Audience be damned! Even if nobody listens, SPEAK SISPTAHS!