"but was that really murder, though?" "was that really assault?"
June 10, 2015 11:19 AM Subscribe
This is hard, this divided attention. But it isn't just an emotional and intellectual focus divided by half. This is no mere doubled consciousness. Race in this country, with each successive generation, with every historical echo, and for all our technological advancement, has become a prism. This new racial prism — this 24-hour access to every horrible, three-dimensional detail of black trauma, requires constant, multiplicitous division. I can anticipate occasional euphoria, but I will always do so with the understanding that injustice will disrupt my joy. That is its own kind of violence, a forced splintering of identity, intellect, and emotion.On the second day of her successfully crowdfunded trip to the THREAD at Yale program, stacia l. brown wrote an essay on race, consciousness, and black trauma in America as viewed through The Racial Prism.
In addition to her career as a freelance writer par excellence, Ms. Brown is also the founder of Beyond Baby Mamas, an online community dedicated to issues specific to single mothers of color. She can be found on Twitter at @slb79; the FPP title was taken from one of her Tweets.
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments