….it has been a loooooooooong time since anyone has posted here. For those of you who still check this thing and aren’t on Facebook, you should know about our first meeting back after our summer break! I’ll copy and paste the link and event description here:
Tomorrow September 10th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Treasure City Thrift [2142 East 7th Street – (512) 524-2820 – email@example.com – this event is wheelchair accessible]
“For the last month, death has occupied a proximity in our lives that is as close to home as it gets. On our newsfeeds. On our news outlets. In our hearts. But what has come to our attention are the ways in which deaths in our community, the deaths we collectively mourn and wish were not so, have become fraught with the issues of gender, race, and politics of the living. Mike Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO, is an impossible reality to reckon with. But is this not also true for Islan Nettles and Kathryn Johnston? Why are black male deaths more socially palatable than the death of their sister counter parts?
Join us next Wednesday, September 10th, for a vital conversation on the role of masculinity, gendered hierarchy and white supremacy complicating Black death in America. Please find it in yourself to see the ways white privilege, male privilege (cis or not), and institutionalized racism factored into sympathy for Mike Brown, but none for black women (cis or otherwise) in our communities.
Please use this article as a starting point for discussion:
We also want to open this as a space for healing. We may have lost Mike Brown one month ago, but that does not mean we are any closer to recovering from such a terrible blow. Feel free to share how you deal with loss of black and brown loved ones, or where you are in your recovery process(es). Thank you.
There are almost 50 people RSVP’d for this event so we are expecting a larger group than normal. If you have questions or concerns going into this meeting that you would like addressed, please feel free to contact our organizing team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder, LEADATX: Learning & Exploring Anti-Racist Dialogue in Austin, TX