Vivek Shraya

even this page is white

    Priscila Talaverahas quotedlast year
    yellowface

    found poem based on michael derrick hudson (as yi-fen chou), “biography,” in the best american poetry 2015, lehmen, david, and sherman alexie, eds. (new york, ny: scribner, 2015).

    what pride looked like june 24, 2015

    based on events at lgbt pride reception at the white house on june 24, 2015.
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    my writing practice for this book consisted of consuming a lot of poetry. below is a list of books by black and indigenous authors, and authors of colour that were particularly inspiring:

    the black unicorn: poems, audre lorde

    citizen: an american lyric, claudia rankine

    for your own good, leah horlick

    kiyâm, naomi mcilwraith

    seva, sharanpal ruprai

    salt, nayyirah waheed
    Priscila Talaverahas quotedlast year
    brown dreams

    how often must you prove your pigment

    when your entire body is painted bronze

    have you ever heard white question its colour

    snow moon salt milk tooth chalk

    what if there is no right way to be brown

    besides the brown you are

    soil nut clove wheat bark pluto.
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    how many books have to be written?

    two hundred thousand years

    of human life

    fire flight language music wheel

    architecture vaccine electricity

    one five ten fifteen twenty years

    from now another brown person

    stares at white screen glare

    types the word race

    five billion years

    until the sun dies.
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    skeptic

    once i loved a brown woman

    you said i hated myself

    now i also love a white man

    you say i hate myself.
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    under the pink
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    i have been aching for you to remember me to remember you

    as intimate instead of adversary so how can i love you better?
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    being an ally is ultimately learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
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    : i think many white people are angry about racism, but white people are both consciously and unconsciously attached to power. white people are taught that our experiences are authoritative and right. when we learn to be allies, we must wake up the fact that we are actually so fucking ignorant. we’re undereducated when it comes to just about anything outside of the white gaze, and we’re grossly under-practiced in talking about racism.
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    i don’t think privilege makes any one human a bad person. i think ignoring your privilege, defending your privilege, or refusing to understand where that privilege comes from is the problem.
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    it raised my awareness of the fact that i am approaching relationships with indigenous people in canada from the side of the abusers and the people who benefit from that cultural genocide. it means that i don’t get to decide how reconciliation happens and i am responsible for being informed and supporting self-determination for indigenous people as well as calls to action.
    Priscila Talaverahas quotedlast year
    during this particular detention, thi tried to flee the office. the teacher grabbed her by the arm and physically dragged her back to her chair. i remember thinking that the teacher would never touch me like that. it took me many years to figure out that it was my whiteness that protected me.
    Priscila Talaverahas quotedlast year
    and when you say don’t play the race card

    you mean don’t call me white.
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    maybe it’s good for you to be uncomfortable
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    race is for people of colour to think about—it is what happens to “them”—they can bring it up if it is an issue for them (although if they do, we can dismiss it as a personal problem, the race card, or the reason for their problems).
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    brown life is an unbroken bearing of the weight and hollow of the active

    absence of brown life.
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    ...i think one has to even abandon the phrase ‘ally’ and understand that you are not helping someone in a particular struggle; the fight is yours.

    —ta-nehisi coates
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    i nicknamed it “oprah”

    shifting shame into a joke about a black woman.
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    sometimes i forget that i know

    how to sing.
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    dear raji sorry for not recognizing you as my brother

    admiring you as my sister.
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