To L - A Series: Love Notes To My Women Of Color (17/30)
(A Series: Love Notes To My Women of Color)
that time that Shari kept trying
to make you pronounce her name “right”,
when her tongue can’t manage to drag itself up
to caress your R and instead slashes through
each syllable, like it’s her home.
And you said, “Please. Just stop.”
She leapt back like you slapped her.
I love you, right now, in this moment. You make
where micro-aggressions live with
white pseudo-liberals who teach brown people how
to chomp their syllables and swallow their rage,
Deer’s commute (13/30)
This earth city stretches
Far above and beyond
Tapering at the top
And abruptly ends before we meet the hereafter
Edging up rock ladders
Hugging their rungs
Fish bars course through
The city, steps along each side
In this hushed glow
My ears are brushed by drip-drops and crackles
We get through / For the catch (16/30)
I’m fine, and you?
I’d like some toast.
I’m trying to exercise more.
I love my job.
I hate my job.
I’m too lazy.
I need a drink.
No gifts, please.
Every Thing Is Going To Be Okay.
For example, the United States feels entitled to used Orientalist logic to justify racial profiling of Arab Americans so that it can be strong enough to fight the “war on terror.” Orientalism also allows the United States to defend the logics of slavery and genocide, as these practices enable the United States to stay “strong enough” to fight these constant wars. What becomes clear then is that Sora Han states—the United States is not at war; the United States is war. For the system of white supremacy to stay in place, the United States must always be at war.
Because we are situated within different logics of white supremacy, we may misunderstand a racial dynamic if we simplistically try to explain one logic for white supremacy with another logic. For instance, think about the first scenario that opens this essay: if we simply dismiss Latino/as or Arab peoples as “white,” we fail to understand how a racial logic of Orientalism is in operation. That is, Latino/as and Arabs are often situated in a racial hierarchy that privileges them over Black people. However, while Orientalist logic may bestow them some racial privilege, they are still cast as inferior yet threatening “civilizations” in the United States. Their privilege is not a signal that they will be assimilated, but that they will be marked as perpetual foreign threats to the US world order. —
Andrea Smith on Orientalism/War as 1 of 3 pillars of white supremacy
taken from Color of Violence: the INCITE! Anthology
chapter 6: heteropatriarchy and the three pillars of white supremacy, rethinking women of color organizing
A flight of anger is:
designed to bridge
a large vertical distance
by dividing it into smaller
vertical distances, called steps.
Said to be “floating”
if there is nothing
Can take a large
number of forms,
This is not an invitation (10/30)
For straight women to appropriate femme flags because they’re cute
For white people to make the issue about their experience
For white SAIC students to invade my home because it’s pretty
To speak my name,
Learn and steal my codes.
This is not for you.
Conversations with Phil (12/30)
“You use silence
Preparing myself to critique,
“What do you
“When you ask
You give them
Time to think before answering,”
And I said,
“Silence comes so
Easily to me,”
“It is questioning
That I’ve been
Forced to learn.”
“Nobody can hear me
When I am