When I was a student, all that was told to me was how much my cultura didn’t matter. How important European art and standards are, and how totally dominant their aesthetic should be. All I wanted to do was tell my story. And I looked nothing like what is considered relevant or beautiful or important by society’s ideals. But I JUST.KEPT.GOING. Here are some of my pieces. I’m here to uplift and change who is in the spotlight. Powerful womyn of color. My indigenous sisters.
but you don’t act black
please tell white people that this will never be a compliment (via blkdzn)
At last night’s event me and @Barbd_Wyre talked about Ferguson, New Jim Crow, anti blackness, intersectionality and #DanielHoltzclaw.
So much unpacking needed to be done to truly discuss the murder of a black teen by a cop.
You can’t talk about the death of Mike Brown without talking about the militarized police response to protestors.
You can’t talk about the death of Mike Brown without talking about the devaluation of black life and the culture of anti blackness.
You can’t talk about the death of Mike Brown without talking about racism: structural, institutional overt or subtle racism. It’s there.
I’ll be visiting more schools soon to speak. If you attend a college in the tri state and want me to come or help organize a forum. Contact me @zellieimani or email zellie.Imani at gmail