This is how power works.
It seeks to silence and discredit the individuals who challenge it. It seeks to order the terms of discourse and engagement. It seeks to dismiss analysis as unproductive, unconstructive and unacademic. It seeks to frame critique as emotional, angry and aggressive. It does all of these things in order to put you back in your place for daring to speak.*
I dare to speak. I dare to write. I dare to express.
By utilizing my self-narrative as part of a critical practice, that seeks to follow the lead of not only contemporary Black and poc writers but also scholars of Black and poc arts, one may see more clearly where in the world identity comes from and what kinds of negotiation and conflict it entails. My personal stories are not meant primarily to justify, glorify, preach, or otherwise establish normative guidelines in either individual lives or scholarly practice. They are, instead, an attempt to place myself critically.
I have less time, less tolerance for bullshit, more interest in good taste, more confidence in my own judgement. The culture I surround myself with is a reflection of my personality and the circumstances of my life, which is in part how it should be.
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