I don’t remember exactly when it happened. It may have been vaguely somewhere circa Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12:03pm that I noticed a paradigm shift of epic proportions in the previously held belief system of my Democrat compadres, and social media devotees. The change wasn’t subtle, it…
What path do you walk?
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Many forms of resistance to colonialism and empire are necessary and important, and this poster should not be interpreted as dissuading those forms of solidarity and resistance. Nor should anti-colonial consciousness and decolonization be thought of as mutually exclusive forms of action. They often co-exist as…
Part One of a three-part Electronic Roundtable Dialogue with Megan Milks, Andrea Lawlor, Sarah Schulman, CA Conrad, Jos Charles, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, and Anna Joy Springer
“As the debate on trigger warnings in the academy rages across the internet, I wondered how it’s taking shape in the creative writing classroom—so I invited six >writers/artists and educators to participate in a roundtable conversation via email. Over a period of about a week, our discussion of trigger warnings in the classroom expanded to confront issues related to censorship, accessibility, and generational tensions. The conversation was broad ranging and quite moving; sometimes polarized and always provocative. This is the first of three parts. –Megan Milks”
”...Personally, I feel like my life’s work could be viewed as one big “trigger warning!” I am an incest and rape survivor. I’m very public about these aspects of my identity. For the past 22-years and counting, I’ve been in therapy with Clara Whaley-Perkins, Ph.D., a Black feminist licensed clinical psychologist and author who specializes in trauma. I talk about sexual violence more often than not. With that shared, I *still* get triggered. After years of therapy and a 12-year meditative practice, I have tools that I use to prevent me from staying triggered. Whenever possible (and often it’s not, especially in Hollywood films), I appreciate knowing in advance that this may happen. I like to know when I’m going to read about it or see it on screen. I don’t shy away from it at all. However, here are times when I like to use my privilege in the midst of my marginalization to decide that “this” may not be the best time. Chances are I will return to it especially if it’s not gratuitous gender-based, misogynist, homophobic/transphobic, and racist cinematic violence. I also recognize that this is a privilege to decide this. After being repeatedly molested as a child and raped as a young woman, I want the right to be able to decide, “if now is a good time…”
In the specific instances of both non-fiction writing and non-fiction filmmaking, I believe it is important that we witness the written and onscreen testimonials. If these courageous cis/trans women and men are able to write and/or speak about what they endured, I believe it’s important that we read and listen to their words….” ~ Aishah Shahidah Simmons
"…White supremacy remains the most powerful force in America’s history, the trump card of socialization. The narrative of abandonment has been hijacked to only include black men…But there’s a history of abandonment in America, a history of leaving black women and black children, and it did not start with black men…
The way we’ve come to fetishize white features on black bodies is not only dangerous because of the way it reinforces the idea of white as better. For someone like me, it’s complicated for an additional reason. The part of me that created those white features came from men who would deny me if given the chance. Indiscreet men who took advantage of women and left. Men who not only abandoned their children but, in some cases, sold them. Had their own children bent over in fields for no pay.
I’m a living remnant of that sexual assault. I’m a living remnant of that pain.
I can see it in my thinner hair, my lighter skin, my freckles.
I think of those children, also my blood, and what it means to grow up marred by that abandonment and shame. I think of those children the same way I think of children with no fathers today…”
#SAAM #BelieveSurvivors #NOtheRapeDocumentary #ALongWalkHome #Sisterhood
(photo: Joan Brannon)
"…Fall 1996 Salamishah (Tillet) told me over the phone about her sexual assaults and that she was a multiple survivor. I was frustrated. I didn’t know what to actually do when she told me that she was raped. Should we talk about it? I didn’t know what to do. Two years later in a social documentary class at Rutgers University, I asked Salamshah if I could do a documentation of her healing process…How does a sister to a survivor heal as well? That’s one thing I learned. Not only was it easier to talk about her healing, look at her healing, but how do I heal as a survivor’s sister and break that silence and begin to talk about it with my sister and help her heal?” ~ Scheherazade Tillet , Visionary Photographer, Co-Founder & Executive Director of A Long Walk Home, Inc. in NOtheRapeDocumentary.org
How Does A Sister To A Rape Survivor Heal? She co-founds and executive directs an organization that educates and empowers young women to work towards eradicating a rape culture!
#SAAM #BelieveSurvivors #NOtheRapeDocumentary #BlackClergy
photo credit: Joan Brannon
"Unfortunately, many leaders of Black communities, who are often clergy stand with Black males, even Black males who have committed, even in some cases as in the case of (Mike) Tyson, have been convicted of raping Black women. It’s a tremendous betrayal of Black women. It’s a betrayal of Black women who have been raped. It is a way of saying that there experience doesn’t matter. In churches it is a way of saying that Black women should sacrifice themselves, sacrifice their needs, sacrifice their dignity to the Black community, to the Black man.” ~ Rev. Traci C. West, Ph.D., Black Feminist Theologian/Scholar/Activist & Author of Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics (& many other titles) in NOtheRapeDocumentary.org
Screening of NO! The Rape Documentary and Discussion with Aishah Shahidah Simmons at Chicago Theological Seminary on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:00pm.
This event is presented by Chicago Theological Seminary ,The Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies Of McCormick Theological Seminary and The Rev. Dr. Albert “Pete” Pero, Jr. Multicultural Center of Lutheran School of Theology
Barbara Smith and Aishah Shahidah Simmons (photo credit: Joan Brannon, 1999)
"Black lesbians have definitely been at the forefront of raising issues of sexual politics in the Black community generally and also working on issues violence against women. Since we are outcasts anyway, of course we’re going to speak out on principle and for justice and against oppression whatever the results are because it’s not like we’re ever going to be that acceptable.” ~ Barbara Smith, Co-Founder, Combahee River Collective (1974), Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, & Council Member, Albany, NY in NOtheRapeDocumentary.org
#SAAM #BelieveSurvivors #NOtheRapeDocumentary
Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Ph.D., (photo credit: Joan Brannon)
“We are taught that we are first Black, then women. Our families have taught us this, and society in its harsh racial lessons reinforces it. Black women have survived by keeping quiet not solely out of shame, but out of a need to preserve the race and its image. In our attempts to preserve racial pride, we Black women have sacrificed our own souls.” ~ Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Ph.D., Author, Surviving the Silence: Black Women’s Stories of Rape in NOtheRapeDocumentary.org/
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- “Myth is the facts of the mind made manifest in a fiction of matter.”— Maya Deren (via di—es—-can-ic-ul-ar—es)
- “I searched for God, and found only myself. I searched for myself, and found only God.”— Sufi proverb (via awakenedvibrations)
- “My job is not to produce answers. My job is to produce good questions.”— Glenn Ligon (via parkavenuearmory)