if God can Cook / you Know I can: Pedagogy of Those Opting-Out of Oppression – The Feminist Wire | The Feminist Wire

“Black people have been dying in America for a very long time.”We may not be starving.  Still, we are hungry for change.  We are not presently being battered but still bear the bruises of a too long struggle with injustice.  We’re weary in this battle for peace, in this battle for home, in this battle for citizenship, and personhood, and the right to exist as we desire, and the right to exist outside of the wills, and fears, and desires of others, which – without irony – is yielding what feels like few results.Black people have been dying for a very long time in America and we only – so desperately, so insistently – want to live.We understand that our voices, perhaps small in number, are strong in conviction. The words read here are built on the backs of the many believers that have come before us, that hold us presently, that walk among us, that pass between us, that greet us or dismiss us, that, too, long to live.  We believe with supreme certainty that our desire to be in a manner that we define as suitable and amenable within our specifications of personal humanity – our will to call home a land in which we feel, to an extent, ownership, and to an even greater extent, protection – is not just a yearning, but rather our god/ess given right as human beings submitting our breath and light, and most importantly, energy to the multiple systems and institutions with which we must/choose to exist within as citizens in these United States.With that said, while acknowledging the importance of our personal distinctions and life experience, we solemnly recognize and insist that we are not alone.  We have never been alone.  Upon our insistence – come what may, pass what might – we will never be alone.Our everyday existence, though to some anathema, is not to us enigma or chimera.

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