Audre Lorde and Ika Hügel-Marshall
The Berlin Years
We Are Angry.
We Are Powerful.
We Are Valuable.
We Are Eternal.
And Cops Ain’t Shit.
(Art - Archibald J. Motley Jr.)
sons of warriors
Are poems & poets
& all the loveliness here in the world
Amiri Baraka - October 7, 1934 - January 9, 2014
Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X.
Read full speech here
«Nous les gueux/ nous les rien/ nous les peu/ nous les chiens/ nous les maigres/nous les Nègres/ Qu’attendons-nous/ Qu’attendons-nous pour faire les fous/ pisser un coup/ tout à l’envi/ contre la vie/ stupide et bête/ qui nous est faite ?» … «Si nous, si nous nous n’accordons pas l’égalité des droits, si nous nous ne reconnaissons pas la liberté, nous leur disons, qu’attendez-vous pour faire les fous sur cette vie stupide et bête.»
Poem by Léon Gontran-Damas cited by the brave Christianne Taubira at L'Assemblée Nationale in February 2013.
Carrie Mae Weems, You Became a Scientific Profile (top), An Anthropological Debate (middle), and And I Cried (bottom) from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995–96. Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Copyright Carrie Mae Weems.
#DecolonizeHistory is about interrupting space, addressing colonial roots and undoing processes of white supremacy.
Historical narratives are most often presented without the context of colonization, slavery and imperialism despite the huge role they play on all aspects of life.
Hoping this project raises awareness about injustices towards Trayvon Martin, subject to a system of racism that never served to protect his life, Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen arrested and detained in Guantanamo Bay when he was only 15 years old, and Assata Shakur & Huey Newton, labelled “terrorists” for actively resisting systemic racism on stolen land.
This is the beginning, there are so many more narratives to be shared and #DecolonizeHistory aims to illuminate the role that processes of colonialism continue to play out in society.
Arguably one of the shortest poems ever recited. In 1975, Muhammad Ali imbued those two words with poetic and political meaning. “Me, We” highlighted the intimate relationship between the individual and the community. (c) Give us a Poem by Glenn Ligon