As a white person, I know I hold a very strong platform for being heard. I would hope that as I work on this blog I am heard for the things I discuss around sexuality, class, ability, and other identities I own that are not seen in mainstream discourse.
My discussions of race merely mirror the more valid and thought out discussions of people of colour. I am no expert in areas of race and hope that you’ll check out some amazing blogs like:
-Black Girl Dangerous
-The Anarres Project
-The Body is Not an Apology
-Dear white feminists
-The crunk feminist collective
-The Fatal Feminist
The issue here is access to knowledge….. The people who have the most access to being heard in any kind of discourse (in this case fiction) are part of a hegemonic group that’s views are repeated over and over throughout recent history and then the majority of people across the world and locally are often overlooked, not heard, not supported, and not known because they go against mainstream discourse.
The one thing that those who are part of a privileged group often don;t see is how their world view is shaped by people exactly like them…. Oppression is a reality that the oppressed ‘cannot not’ know. The experience of oppression cannot be ignored by those who live it without threatening their very survival… (Concept by Cornel West).
This means that women know how to see the world as both a woman and a man, queer can see the world from both the queer and heteronormative oerspective, people of colour can see the world from both white and poc, poor can see the world from both poor and wealthy, disabled can see the world as both disabled and able-bodied….. but white, male, straight, able-bodied people often neglect the ability to see the world through the eyes of others because their so entrenched in discourses around and about themselves and people ‘like’ them….
Part of being an ally is amplifying the voices of those who are often silenced…. People of colour, queer, disabled, abused, addicted, poor, and the like…. Violence happens through maintaining power structures of the dominant group…. Dominant in this case is talking about the small minority of people who take up the majority of discourses and ability to frame our culture as a whole.
This article is about challenging our (white, male, straight, able-bodied) world view by purposely seeking out voices that are often not heard and stories that are often not told….
“There is danger in the telling of only a single story” -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie