we did a closing activity today that had 3 different questions - i wanted to share my response to one of them, “what is your hope for greensboro and the south?”
my hope for greensboro and the south:
- that each and every new day propels more forward along the arc of justice
- that we continue to this work from the heart, from the intersections, from our personal and collective truths without hesitation to recognize who, how and why we hurt
- that when freedom comes, when liberation arrives, when justice is reality, we are ready for a new world in which no answers to the questions and challenges to come mirror the reality of today; that our answers do not once again be white supremacy, anti-blackness, homophobia, patriarchy, classism or ableism but instead are works in progress - fueled by an unwavering thirst of hope, love, compassion and patience for the long haul.
today we took our freedom school folks to greensboro to visit the “international civil rights museum” (some questionable things) and then for a grassroots history tour of Greensboro led by Beloved Community Center (founded in 1991 and supported, staffed and organized by Black folks who have a deep relationship with Black struggles in greensboro and A&T).
i learned some really valuable stuff; like for example, “Greensboro 4” is used in revisionist history (history created by folks who weren’t a part of it but wanted to own it) in reference to the 4 Black students from NC Agricultural & Technical State University who did a sit-in at the woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, protesting discrimination and wanting to uplift the problems their community was facing. what should be used instead and in truth is “A&T 4” because NC A&T’s campus and Greensboro were two different places - Greensboro was essentially whites only and A&T was an all Black college where students stayed basically full time for groceries, classes, social events, etc. so these 4 young men were, in the words of Mr. Brandon, “in Greensboro but not of Greensboro.”
that felt really powerful because local folks doing the local work need to be able to own it. and because the revisionist history is so tied to White greensboro wanted to revamp its city by instating an “international civil rights museum” and then calling on these 4 students as a means to make profit.
sometimes having a lot of feelings about everything is really hard
if i don’t get to see my grandma before she passes i’m going to be devastated
i can’t believe i want children so much knowing that i’m going to be a blubbery mess when they start living lives independent of mine
my mom is staying up late tonight to sew to make sure that she finishes all of the orders that are due for tomorrow. she messages me on facebook to tell me that she may be staying up really late and she would really like it if i sent her a picture of nicole because she misses her so much.
i clean and i clean and i clean and everything is still so messy what’s that about
[image description: two men of color wearing black and white keffiyehs. one of them is holding a sign that reads, “water for all from detroit to palestine” and the other holds a sign that reads, “from detroit to gaza #detroitgazasolidarity.”]
i will never not be bitter about middle class catholic vietnamese kids with their bible vietnamese language school trying to correct me on how i speak vietnamese because my family is from southern viet nam and i learned about 0 things from textbooks
look at this cutie who let me do their hair
summertime is great and all, it really is, but winter and fall are so much better for my fashion sense
the thing you are most
afraid to write.
big things are coming y’all
First things first, I’m surrealist.