Wombyn to WombMan

Being queer has no bearing on race, my white publicist said
true love is never affected by color

I curb the flashes of me crashing across the table
to knock his blond skin
from Manhattan to Montego Bay
to bear witness to
the bloody beatings of brown boys
accused of the homosexual crime of buggery amidst the new fangled fads and fallacies
the New Age claims that
sexual and racial freedom has finally come for all
these under-informed
self-congratulating
pseudo-intellectual utterances
reflect how apolitical the left has become

It is now commonplace to hear young activists say
The terms lesbian and Black and radical
come across as confrontational
Why can’t people just be people?

Tongue and courage tied with fear
I am at once livid
ashamed and paralyzed
by the neoconservatism
breeding malicious amongst us

Gay
Lesbian
Bisexual
Transgender
Ally
Questioning
Two spirit
Non-gender conforming
every year we add a new fucking letter
yet every year
I become more and more afraid to say
who I am

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Wombyn to Wombman

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Robert Kennedy

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Dorothy Allison

…the deepest way to change people is to get them to inhabit the soul of another who is different from them. And that happens in story.  That happens in literature.

June Jordan

Poem about Police Violence

Tell me something
what you think would happen if
everytime they kill a black boy
then we kill a cop
everytime they kill a black man
then we kill a cop

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you think the accident rate would lower subsequently?
sometimes the feeling like amaze me baby
comes back to my mouth and I am quiet
like Olympian pools from the running
mountainous snows under the sun

sometimes thinking about the 12th House of the Cosmos
or the way your ear ensnares the tip
of my tongue or signs that I have never seen
like DANGER WOMEN WORKING

I lose consciousness of ugly bestial rapid
and repetitive affront as when they tell me
18 cops in order to subdue one man
18 strangled him to death in the ensuing scuffle
(don’t you idolize the diction of the powerful: subdue
and scuffle my oh my) and that the murder
that the killing of Arthur Miller on a Brooklyn
street was just a “justifiable accident” again
(Again)

People been having accidents all over the globe
so long like that I reckon that the only
suitable insurance is a gun
I’m saying war is not to understand or rerun
war is to be fought and won

sometimes the feeling like amaze me baby
blots it out/the bestial but
not too often tell me something
what you think would happen if
everytime they kill a black boy
then we kill a cop
everytime they kill a black man
then we kill a cop

you think the accident rate would lower subsequently?

 

Nelson Mandela

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We are not anti-white, we are against white supremacy…we have condemned racialism no matter by whom it is professed. 

Malcolm X

Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.

Preach X, Preach!

Malcolm X

If you aren’t ready to die for it, put the word freedom out of your vocabulary.

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Women

Women

are powerful and dangerous.

Revolutionary Change

Revolutionary Change

The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations which we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us.
— Audre Lorde

I feel bad for the people who never go crazy…