REVERIES AND RAGE: On Colonization and Survival
An Evening of Queer and Trans* People of Color-centered performance and community discussion
Women’s Building of San Francisco
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA
October 26, 2013
Kyle Casey Chu
Jezebel Delilah X (JDX)
Thao P. Nguyen
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive
As Queer and Trans* People of Color (QTPOC), our lives are rooted in deep histories as well as present-day struggles, against political, economic, psychological, and spiritual forces that have sought to assimilate and annihilate us along with our peoples. The world has been systematically configured to undo us, to wretch us from local knowledge, to colonize our lands and our imaginations. The tenacity of hegemony means that as QTPOC, every day of our lives is in some way or another confronted with the pervasive violence of systemic whiteness, heteronormativity and homophobia, cis-normativity and transphobia, all configured through other elements of our diverse lives: religion and/or spirituality, class, nationality,…the list is long.
As Audre Lorde reminds us, ‘We were never meant to survive.’ And we mourn that many of our own have fallen. But we are here. We have survived, we continue to fight: for rights, for visibility, for equity, for decolonization, for our own places in the world, for our voices to be heard and listened to.
We rage. We rage big for the heartbreak of our ancestors that still rings deep in us; for the violations of our bodies, our spirit practices, our livelihoods; violations that have worked to sever the fabric of our communities. We rage at the mandate for our docility; our insipid mediocrity; our forgetting, our submission. And we refuse it.
And we dream. We dream of change and beauty and self-love and loving others and full bellies and clean waters and growing healthy, fierce children and community prosperity. We dream of not just cultural survival but cultural thriving. We dream of a more just world all around us. And we see dreaming as a vital birthplace of social change. Dreaming begets thought and action.
Two elements of our ongoing practices—for our survival, our defiance, our blooming, for justice. With the vigor of our loving fury, this is: REVERIES AND RAGE.
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