A poem against internalization

by Starlette McNeill

 

You can search through my hair to ensure airport security.

You can bar  and color- code my skin.

You can socially position my body, marginalize or center.

But, you cannot touch who is within.

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You can count me, number me: minority and majority.

You can in and out me, believe in and doubt me.

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Natasha Trethewey (Anniversary Month Rewind) (Black/White) [American]

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Known as: 19th United States Poet Laureate (Poet Laureate of Mississippi; 2007 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Native Guard”; Holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University; Inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011)

Works: “Native Guard”, “Domestic Work”, “Bellocq’s Ophelia”, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast”
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Sarah Kay (Japanese/Jewish) [American]

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Known as: Spoken Word Poet (Founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., Performances: National Poetry Slam, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, United Nations, Lincoln Center, Tribeca Film Fest, TED Conference, Bowery Poetry Club)
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An Evening with Our New Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey | Mixed Race Studies | Steven F. Riley

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“In her series of moving poems about casta paintings, Ms. Trethewey reveals her ability to not only compel the reader to contemplate the lives of the subjects of the paintings, but also to bring the subjects of the paintings to life as in her poem “Taxonomy: De Español y de India Produce Mestiso” (Which describes a series of casta paintings by Juan Rodríguez Juárez, c. 1715).” -Steven F. Riley

The canvas is leaden sky
behind them, heavy
with words, gold letters inscribing
an equation of blood—…

…If the father, his hand
on her skull, divines—
as the physiognomist does—
the mysteries

of her character, discursive,

legible on her light flesh,
in the soft curl of her hair,
we cannot know it: so gentle

the eye he turns toward her.
The mother, glancing
sideways toward him—
the scarf on her head

white as his face,
his powdered wig—gestures
with one hand a shape
like the letter C. See,

she seems to say,
what we have made…

-Natasha Trethewey

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‘Red Bone Girls,’ ‘Chocolate Legs,’ and Eric Benet’s Color-Complex Payday – COLORLINES

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“Even worse, says [Yaba] Blay, is what the use of the “redbone” label in the song says about the humanity of the woman at the center of it. “The assumption is that you know something about a so-called red bone just by looking at her body. In that way, she’s still on the auction block. The message is, ‘You ain’t sh#@t ouside of what I can see.’ And by the way, I see ‘chocolate’ the same way—it reduces people down to something to be consumed. That kind of thinking robs us of all of our humanity.””

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I Know Who I Am: How Race Makes Us Know It Alls

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“It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.” ~ Epictetus

“Race gives us a beginning before we have begun and an ending before we are finished with life…”

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Natasha Trethewey (Black/White) [American] …

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Natasha Trethewey (Black/White) [American]

 

Known as: Newly Appointed United States Poet Laureate (Current Poet Laureate of Mississippi; 2007 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Native Guard”; Holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University; Inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011)

 

Works: “Native Guard”, “Domestic Work”, “Bellocq’s Ophelia”, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast”

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Velina Hasu Houston (Japanese, Blackfoot Pikuni Native American Indian, and African American)

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Velina Hasu Houston (Japanese, Blackfoot Pikuni Native American Indian, and African American) [American]

 

Known as: Award winning playwright, essayist, poet, author, editor, and screenwriter (Plays: “Tea”, “Asa Ga Kimashita”, “Kokoro”, “The Matsuyama Mirror”, “Hula Heart”, “Ikebana (Living Flowers)”, “Shedding the Tiger”, “Waiting for Tadashi”)

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Tara Betts (African-American/White French)…

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Tara Betts (African-American/White French) [American]

 

Known as: Poet, Author and Educator (Books: “Arc & Hue”; Performances: Def Poetry Jam, National Poetry Slam, SPOKEN, Vagina Monologues; Lecturer in creative writing at Rutgers University)

More Information: Tara Betts’ Official Site, Tara Bett

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Michael Franti (Irish, German, French, African-American, Native American)

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Michael Franti (Irish, German, French, African-American, Native American) [American]

 

Known as: Poet, Musician, Composer (Founder and lead vocalist for “Michael Franti & Spearhead”; Advocate for many peace and social justice issues; Director of the documentary “I Know I’m Not Alone”, Former member of “The Beatnigs” & “Disposable Heroes”)

 

Music Videos: Say Hey (I Love You), The Sound of Sunshine, Hey World (Don’t Give Up), Hey Hey Hey, I’ll Be Waiting
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