The above points to a few things. 1. The fact that no one can tell your story or our story the way you/we can. 2. That we need representation not only in the stories told but in the storytellers themselves. This means artists, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, writers, etc., who actively represent the communities whose stories are being told. This is crucial. From impacted leadership also comes impacted storytelling (more on this later) 3. This is crucial today and throughout history: our histories have, in part, been systematically and intentionally erased due to the systemic powers that control the narrative, leaving out the stories of QTBIPOC to fit their prescribed sense of a perfect neatly packaged (white) world. 4. A journalist by the name of Simon Moya-Smith brought this to my attention a few weeks ago at a conference: how many journalists are BIPOC in the US? Consider how our media and news is portrayed. Consider how QTBIPOC are portrayed in the media. Now consider this: 83% of journalists are White identifying. What does this mean for what and HOW we hear and see everyday? The narratives that shape our collective imagination every day. Consider this: only 0.36% are Indigenous (in this case Native). 0.36%. //\\
This narrative work digs deep into our everyday psyches and the deeper politics between us all. Just asking WHO GETS TO BE SANE IN THIS SOCIETY? Or rather, whom does this society treat with respect and is considered valid in their experiences emotions, and being? Who is considered sane, who is considered normal, who is actively marginalized, discredited, and questioned, and who is seen as the “ideal” and naturally respected? Tell your story, y’all. Tell your story because it’s one of our strongest means of resistance and no one can tell your story the way you can.
There is more to be said but I hope this is a start.
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