fighting oppression and creating a better world is rooted in uplifting, empowering, and providing for the marginalized while dismantling the systems that make them ‘marginalized’ in the first place.
indeed, this fighting and creating can take many forms.
however, tryna explain oppression to white folks (or any privileged folks for that matter) or educate them without
1) getting paid for the labor (cause it *is* labor) or
2) negotiating real, tangible, and worthwhile resources for marginalized groups as a result of this educating/explaining
is NOT fighting white supremacy and other oppression. in my opinion, its a waste of breath, energy, and talent unless its being done of your own volition cause u aint got shit better to do and u got time to gather edges on that day. or because you’re actually friends with privileged recipient of said knowledge and you value spending time this way with them. or because you have to since it’s a class assignment 🙄 anywho
the same logic goes for any hegemonic group of people. pandering and overextending yourself to men, cis folks, straight people, etc. are all fallacies and wastes of breath. there has been almost 6 ‘mainstream’ years of modern protest; primarily and mainly against police brutality (i.e. demonstrations following the murder of Trayvon Martin. rest in power) and often including other forms of fighting oppression, and it has clearly existed long before then. (i will also note the demographic shift of represented protestors across this time span, there are reasons why it’s now being so mainstream to ‘resist’ and be ‘stronger together’)
its 2017, there is literally no excuse to be ignorant other than choosing to be so. social media has catalyzed the globalization of our world, so to remain not knowing of things is a firm choice in this day and age. im sure we are convinced that we have good reasons to do so, and it is still a choice.
we (Black, poor, women, trans, ‘uneducated’, femmes, etc.) are literally out here putting our lives on the LINE by just existing as we are, let alone those of us risking our lives to achieve liberation. there are less noble causes that people aspire to everyday.
thank you to all those who understand the gravity and nuance that organizers, liberators, educators, and freedom fighters are graciously holding as we continue the good fight, often without due compensation. no one wants to die broke, and yet here we are.
all the revolutionaries in me are tired.
my ancestors have been guiding my steps for a few months now, and it has become painfully clear that i must align myself with what resonates the most with my inner self and my purpose. it has been so painful to get plucked out of my state of academic-ridden normalcy and get set down where i’ve needed to be for a while now: aligned more directly with the work of Black liberation, in relationship with my artistry, and away from institutions and people that uphold white supremacy. unless it is to the end of redistributing resources, there is no time to straddle the fence, to uphold niceties, to be unclear about stances.
it is war, it has always been war, it will always be war until it is over. so, i had to ask myself what im willing to do to end it. being in the ivory tower, for now, aint it.
the message has been made clear to me, and also to others: it’s time to either get aligned or get out the damn way.
and please believe, my ancestors will not have mercy for those who fashion themselves into obstacles for me to overcome. the stakes are too high to play nice anymore.
choose wisely. what side of history will u be on?