At this point I am trying to decide what to write about next here….I put it to Twitter and asked my followers to choose between four possible options ( all are things I’d like to write about at some point) and so I will put it to you as well. The four choices I posed were
I. The ‘ethical gentrifier’
Gentrification is something I speak of often for how prominent it has become in neighborhoods around me. Despite traveling, living at home, living at school I feel as though I am hyperaware of the gentrification taking place around me on a macro-scale. The purpose of this piece would be to explore the less boisterous side of gentrification. Sparked by a recent discussion I went to I’d like to analyze whether or not such a thing as an ethical gentrifier exists, is there an ideal? of lesser of the evils? can such a thing be or is all gentrification equal? How about PoC? are we capable of gentrifying? What does the best case scenario look like and how do we navigate these spaces (or should we even try?)
II. Racial Fetishization
Fairly clear cut, will discuss the foundations of racial otherness as related to hyper sexuality and fetishization of black bodies. Though the etymology will focus on a frame of blackness other types of fetishizing mentality will be addressed and in regards to other races as well.
III. Digital Accessibillity
Largely social media has become a platform by which information that was previously very inaccessible is now at the fingertips of younger and younger populations. We have entered into an age where so much is incredibly easy to get to and media has become our go to for how to process and synthesize. Where many reject the advancement it has become crucial to our modern movments and embracing it has changed the face of much of what we know and how we operate.
IV. Rejecting Allyship and why
Tone policing, gas lighting and manipulation. All words that come to mind when I think of allyship. Because of these synonyms I largely reject allyship, for many reasons. This will discuss the in’s and out’s of allyship, it’s limitations and where it often falls short. This takes an intersectional stance on calling allies to do better and be better. What is allyship and who is an ideal ally? How should an ally be and what are the general do’s and don’ts. So many oppressed groups reject allyship because it is often disgenuine. How do we call allies to move beyond and become better in the transition from ally to accomplice.