In light of this past weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia I felt like I couldn’t keep to myself. I was taking this week off the podcast to bring you all fresh material next weekend and to start releasing episodes every two weeks for the duration of the school year but I decided it was important to put at least something out there this weekend.
To be silent at a time like this is to take the side of the oppressor, and that I just cannot do . I know its uncomfortable to have conversations like these where we must confront our privilege and use it for the benefit of others, rather than to aid in our discomfort while we remain silent. I have never walked through the streets of my town only to be seen as a nuisance or to be told I don’t deserve to exist, and my children will never know that life either. Unfortunately that is not true for the majority of our population and so because of that; I speak. I will not apologize for getting political or for making others uncomfortable.
The tie between body positivity, fat acceptance, feminism — all of these key interests of mine— and politics, is immense. In fact you actually can’t separate these issues at all. If you leave all of these intermingling topics out of the equation, that is not intersectionality and that is not my feminism. So how can I get on my platform and take up space preaching acceptance for women and people of all sizes, ethnicities, genders, abilities, orientation, identity, and you guessed it- race if I decide to stay silent about racial issues? The answer is I can’t. I call myself an ally on these fronts so I have to do the work.
It’s so easy to turn off your tv, tune out of the world, keep your opinions to yourself and of course God forbid we ever “get political,” but where the fuck does that get us? That gets us no where. That’s why its 2017 and we still have nazis running through the streets and spreading hate and violence. The truth is there are people that don’t have the damn luxury of tuning out of the racial issues because they’re the targets of it. As long as that is happening I can’t and won’t keep my goddamn mouth shut.
This is me being pissed, and spitting my truth out. I will no longer apologize for getting political, I will no longer apologize if I offend, or make people uncomfortable. For a while now I have been talking about truly political issues but was careful not to “get too political” because that’s “annoying.” Well fuck that. I am too damn mad to keep this to myself, and you should be too.
I was going to write a post today about empowerment, but I can’t even think about talking about anything else at a time like this. My heart goes out to all of those who were harmed by this disgusting act of domestic terrorism, and to anyone who is a victim of it on the daily. I am here as little or as much as you need me to be. I will use my voice when I can, and I will hand the mic to you when my voice does no good. I am your ally and you will never catch me being silent again.