The next book on my reading cue is Disrupting White Supremacy From Within, which I began reading on the subway this morning. I was beginning to worry, however, that I had been reading too many non-fiction works on identity, as I was not truly taking in the words I was reading. As I sat down at my desk this morning I began thinking of fictional works I could read to give my mind time to rest and recuperate. Just as I was thinking of this I heard on WNYC a discussion with Michael Eric Dyson on Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, and the racial makeup of politics. Wow. What an intelligent fully-formed and remarkable discussion that at 10AM on a Friday shook me up and made me excited to get back to reading about identity.
Most of these books, news shows, and interviews address race as a blanket experience. Issues of sexuality, sex, disability, age, gender expression, and class are often side thoughts if they are explored at all. There is a reason for this, a reason that I can support as opening the eyes of white people is incredibly difficult when discussing race alone, but when we separate our identities theoretically it suggests we can separate our lived experiences as well. In view of all this I am posting a reminder about Zami Like Me: a Queer Womyn of Color CipHER. The link is a myspace page so you have to sign in to see the event.
ZAMI LIKE ME: Queer Womyn of Color CipHER
SATURDAY, APRIL 19 5:30-9PM
3 Film Screenings:
- black.womyn: conversations with lesbians of african descent by tiona.m.
- I Look Up to the Sky Now by Barbara M. Bickart and 11 young queer activists.
- Like a Boy, Like a Girl by Ash. S. Tai and Cleopatra N. LaMothe
Followed by 3 Small Ciphers and then 1 Larger Cipher led by Kaila A. Story, Audre Lorde Project Chair and Asst. Professor at Louisville, KY.
SUNDAY, APRIL 20 6-9PM
Art Exhibition by LGBTQTS Womyn and Allies!
Live Performances! Live art by the Agytators!
$5 to $10 suggested donation will be requested at the door.
All proceeds are going to the Audre Lorde Project and the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) at the LGBTQ Center. NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY BECAUSE OF MONEY.