Telling other people’s stories
Ok this is my call out moment – Another article on ‘corrective rape’ in South Africa. Another single story. Another story that tells me I am part of a tribe whilst you are part of a nation and worse we fight amongst ourselves something your nations of course dont do and in doing so we have lost our humanity, something other people and nations dont do even though they are responsible for the rape and death of hundreds of thousands every year. Can we please have stories that tell at least 3/4 of the story if not the whole one. Can we have these stories told with some context – context of how people engage in resistance: community organising and advocacy, activism through art, through sport, through working in communities and engaging with human rights institutions and movement building. The women in the films and stories are not just faces scarred with violence they are survivors creators of their own agency their own cultures and sub cultures. Can we please tell that story as well. Lesbians and GTBI people wherever we are face daily struggles and yes there are some countries which are far more hostile than others but I am sick of hearing only half of my story being told here in the west. And speaking of the west no one ever tells the story of being Queer and Black, or being Queer Black and Muslim or being part of other POC immigrant communities! Can people not write as if everything over here [the west] is so perfect that when I get up and go out in the morning I dont have to protect myself in some way! Like if you are Black GENDER QUEER from an immigrant community in a low paid job travelling around on the bus or metro and feeling those crazy stares because I dont look like you or what you want me to look like.