I sometimes get asked: “How come the men in your stories don’t have such strong characters?” And I’m like: “I don’t care.”
I just have a quick question before I start on my barrage of thanks: Why were there only FIVE female nominations to SIX male nominations? Did anyone SEE Greta Gerwig in ‘Frances Ha’? EXTRAORDINARY. Maybe they didn’t have enough space?
Canada and Sweden. Think you’re SO SPECIAL with your hockey teams and your functional social safety nets.
Spare us the invocations of “black on black crime.” I will not respect the lie. I would rather be thought insane. The most mendacious phrase in the American language is “black on black crime,” which is uttered as though the same hands that drew red lines around the ghettoes of Chicago are not the same hands that drew red lines around the life of Jordan Davis, as though black people authored North Lawndale and policy does not exist. That which mandates the murder of our Hadiya Pendletons necessarily mandates the murder of Jordan Davis. I will not respect any difference. I will not respect the lie. I would rather be thought crazy.
You know, it’s not about screaming, it’s about whispering. When you scream everybody heard, but not everybody listens. When you whisper maybe not too many people can hear you, but it goes deeper.
It is important to defend human rights and to speak out against human rights violations around the world. However, the West, in its attempts to endorse freedom across the globe, has invoked — once again — the White Savior trope that ignores and erases any Western culpability in anti-LGBTQ policies that occur in other parts of the world, especially in the Afro-Diaspora. To talk about anti-gay legislation internationally, we need to talk about a history of white supremacy that brought homophobia and anti-LGBTQ legislation to various countries.
We must stop pretending that we are ahead of the world when we talk about LGBTQ rights and democracy. If being “ahead” of other nations means that we export our hate instead of confronting it, we are not only backwards, but we are also hypocrites.