Started out reading and researching more about Cleaver, Abdulkadir Kebire, and Jawar Mohammed. Then, Rumsha called me and told me of her White supremacist ASB environment and the bs float design of India for homecoming. There will be White girls wearing bindis and the LANGUAGE they used to explain their motives and then to invalidate her claims of White supremacy - “it’s really racist for you to think that White people don’t get to do this.” Her and I both are wishing them a bleak future at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. And I’m happy she called me to rage in her car, instead of driving angry and possibly crashing into one of the idiots (she’d probably be held liable as perpetrating a hate crime tho because people are stupid~).
My environment is on the opposite spectrum and I am lucky for that. Today, I spent time with Jennifer and Ednauh in Chinatown for PAINT’s last meeting. I saw Julia, Sabrina, Cynthia and Izet - met Han, Zainab, and Sun. I love my friend’s work. I love the safe space API Chaya has made through these youth programs and initiatives. I was lucky enough to came to see a presentation by Anakbayan, an organization with the intent on Filipino community organizing. I just felt so happy - the presentation was great, there was space for mentioning the youth issues we deal with and it’s always great to speak on what hurts. I even got to throw in a Kerry Washington quote (whoo!). I just loved today and I regret nothing about coming home at 9, pitch black for the first time, and without warning my parents. The consequences weren’t so dire - basic What are you doing?! from my mom, but I needed the day out.
Then, I had the realest conversation with my sister. I told her about sex, different kinds of sex, masturbation, distinction between gender and sex, possibility of reproduction amongst different families, race, our parents, her future, my future. The history we both need to review and build upon. It was just great - someone should give me an award. And now I’m waiting for Rumsha to answer her phone so I can tell her my day and maybe she can feel my smile hundreds of miles away.@3 months ago with 2 notes