When words don’t save you

Here is a series of tweets I made about finding things – particularly, this cis-hetero-patriarchal-white-supremacist-anti-black society we live in – more difficult to navigate, despite having the language necessary to describe said world. I thought having a language for this would make surviving much easier.

Ugh. The “Black American” vs. “African-American” conversation is playing out on my Twitter timeline. AGAIN. It would be great if we could have this discussion without being antagonizing or conducted in a way that wasn’t a constant attempt to one-up the other. Identity is a very important aspect of who we are and labels play a huge role in how we identify as individuals and as community. It’s perfectly possible to have a conversation about separate and overlapping identities without ignoring the realities of world history though.