“…brown/black queer men exist within ideological terrains and amidst structural conditions that literally murder us. To live, then, we must commit to the hard work of provoking resurrections in our lives and the lives of other queer men of color. To live, we must put an end those things that would, otherwise, be cause for our own funerals.
If we are to offer eulogies, let them be on behalf of those things that push us toward death. “” —brother comrade genius warrior Darnell Moore from “Reflections of a Black Queer Suicide Survivor” http://yoloakili.com/2011/09/reflections-of-a-black-queer-suicide-survivor-part-2-of-2/
Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia Por Elizabeth Burgos
Cheryl Clarke “The Failure to Transform: Homophobia in the Black Community” (1983)
This essay was phenomenal. She gives a very severe verbal lashing to heterosexual black “intellectuals and politicos” as she refers to them as who she claims are perpetuating most of the homophobia present within our communities. she tears into bell hooks’ Ain’t I A Woman book (which hooks then responds to in Feminist Theory). I can’t say that I completely agree with every criticism she made of hooks but Clarke definitely calls for the end of bullshit, the end of black heterosexual privilege and the end of black intellectuals skipping over or completely ignoring the presence of black lgbtq individuals.
My life mantra: I hand wrote this out recently and pinned it on the wall facing my bed so I can wake and sleep to this message.
Relevant to me at the moment.
Audre Lorde, yall. Always accurate !
P.S. This is one of the first things Julia Roxanne Wallace and I read together as part of our process of intentionally defining our relationship…passed onto us by our beloved comrade Manju <3<3
for a cause till the need
to your heart becomes
an unquenchable taste
only you must believe
and the power to choose
your own selves
your best campaign.” —Audre Lorde “Starting All Over Again” (internal spacing not accurate)