wrote this while sitting at adele’s kitchen table in detroit after the Allied Media Conference. i’ve come to believe that community organizing for me means working with other disabled women of color and leaving the assimilationist [trying to fit into mainstream society] political bullshit behind:
for far too long have i thought
community advancement meant
serving on boards
applying for nonprofit status
and listening to white people speak for my experience.
but it is not enough.
for far too long have ignored racism and homophobia
betraying my people and parts of me
so i could call this place
but it is not enough
and it will never be enough.
i can no longer be a part of a single-issue movement that carries no understanding of how all oppressions are intertwined (without co-opting them)
i can no longer be a part of a movement that ignores multitudes of people and silences them through invisibility and a one-issue agenda
NO! i can not be a part of a movement that uses my body, my blood, my words without acknowledging where they come from
and who they are for
but instead filters them into a hetero white rich folk framework
everything that i am not and my people are not…
you can no longer quiet me, cut me,
separate me into bite-size pieces
cause yes i am no longer a part of this movement.
…so where is home?