I am an author and writer from Singapore. I write urban fantasy set on this wonderful island (under the pen name J. Damask). At the same time, I also write YA fiction.
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Anonymous asked: Idk how you can say you're a fan of nayyirahs poetry when you've completely misunderstood the majority of it. Think longer and harder
If you are alluding to the thinking that Nayyirah’s poetry is for only people of colour, I think you are wrong. And I will stand by that. You have no way of knowing what colour I am except from my pictures on my blog. What if I had not chosen to disclose any pictures of myself on my blog? Then what colour would I be? As a poet, as a blogger, as someone who uses a social media website, then Nayyirah is putting herself out in public. She has a choice whether to keep her work private or not. Art is for everyone. Poetry is not just for ONE race to enjoy. If it were, then she wouldn’t be sharing it for everyone.
I am not a woman of colour. I am not ashamed of that, nor am I proud of that. Because I am trying to live my life where I place no importance on my appearance, because that life almost killed me. I am trying to live a life where people engage others in conversation, where I am valued for my brain instead of my body. I am trying to open barriers between me and others, barriers that others have placed, and barriers that I have placed.
To say that I do not understand it, when I didn’t even give you my understanding of it is assumptions, and quite hurtful. Nayyirah is a beautiful writer and I have every right to be a fan of it. That is the responsibility you have to bare as a writer- your work will not always be interpreted as you wrote it. And there is nothing wrong with that. If people are going to be offended by interpretation, they might as well not publish what they write.
Nayyirah, nor any woman of colour, nor any man or colour, nor any single person at all has a monopoly on hate, oppression, misrepresentation. I am offended by the stance that so many take that every single white person out in the world doesn’t understand them and is against them. No I do not understand what it feels to be of colour, but it doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. And just because my skin is white, does not mean I have not had difficulties in life.
What upset me about her answers to the questions was that she got so defensive. Now, looking back, I see that everyone has a right to be defensive. But what really upset me was that she said that white people had “No place in the conversation” and also said that people were only asking “so YOU can utilize my answers to attend to your feelings about racism. you did not stop once to think how I would feel about any of that.” But I resent this because the world is ABOUT communication, equality is about WORKING TOGETHER, not excluding anyone based on where they come from. It deeply saddens me that this has occurred because I feel attacked based on wanting to have an open dialogue.
She didn’t have to answer the questions. I did say that in my question to her. But what was unnecessary was the harsh and rude responses to people that were not being harsh and rude to her. How is that called for?
because i have had enough. i will say this. my work is not for you. it is not for you because you are a white woman who does not give a fuck about me, my pain, my experiences. my truth. it is not yours. it is not the worlds. it is mine. the idea that i can not tell you that my work is not for you, is white privilege, racism, and white supremacy at its worst. nothing i am is yours. the world is not yours. it is not for your consumption. this theiving, this need to tell me that what is mine is not mine, where does this come from. are you so desperate, so hungry, so in need of emotional nutrition that you are willing to slice my art from my being and say it is meant for you. you are nothing more than a vampire, trying to pass off your violence ‘as an innocent white womans rose colored world view.’ i will be this clear, this week after a white woman has slaughtered my work with a tattoo and another white woman is seeking to kidnap my work because she believes it is her right, i am not the one to play with. this is not a small or light matter. you are crossing every boundary there is, because you think you can. do not tag my name. do not ever come to my blog again. you are a racist.
cant believe she really just sat there and said Nayyirah’s poetry is not written specifically for people of color! to be such a “fan” i dont see how she could have missed all of the times that Nayyirah very clearly stated why she writes and who she rights for.
for those wondering what white privilege is: here you go. you have a person of color saying “this is for me and my people”. and yet she is still sitting here snatching it saying “no its mine. i want it. i will take it with no remorse”. do you not see that this is the EXACT mentality that your ancestors had as they pillaged the world, continent by continent, stealing what was not theirs?? you have stolen lands, people, cultures, the list goes on. you have convinced yourself that this is your right. convinced yourself that this is your privilege.
who Nayyirah writes for is not up for discussion simply because you want to talk your way into making it yours. the fact that something is observable does not mean you have the right to jump in it. just because a muslim is praying in “public” does not give you the right to go sit next to them. would you tell this person “if you are going to be offended by me joining you, then you shouldnt have been praying in public!”
just because you can see something does not make it up for grabs. it speaks volumes to your privilege that the only way cultures and communities can keep all that is THEIRS out of your grubby little hand is by hiding it. you need to reflect on that.
"What I want to add to the debate is a small piece of truth that gets glossed over. In response to the complaint of white writers about writing about people of color: "Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t," I want to say: Absolutely.
It’s absolutely true. You’re damned either way. Race and racism exist in this society, and if you ignore them, you’re expressing a racial privilege…
If you do do it and get it “wrong”, you’ll get reamed, and rightfully so. It’s presumptuous of you to think that you have the right to represent a culture you don’t belong to if you can’t be bothered to properly examine and accurately portray that culture.
Further, if you do it and get it “right”, or rather, don’t get it wrong, you’ll still get reamed by members of that culture you’ve represented who rightfully resent a white writer’s success representing their culture. After all, every American ethnic minority has its writers: good and bad. The good writers are mostly ignored. Inevitably, some white writer will come along and do a bang-up job portraying that culture and will get—in one book, in one section of a book—more attention than the poc writer got over the course of three or five or ten books.
You’re a white writer trying to do the right thing, but no matter what you do, it’s wrong. And that’s so unfair to you, isn’t it?
Welcome to a tiny taste of what it’s like to be a person of color."
— Hello Ello: Why Being a POC Author Sucks Sometimes (via devotedtodiversityinart)
For all those black writers out there that write stories featuring black women as main-characters you can also check out: Valentchamber.com if you haven’t already.
archive of fan fiction and original stories featuring women of color.