édouard glissant on identity (1995)

glissant

 

“We will change nothing in the situation of the peoples of the world, if we do not change the belief that identity must be rooted, fixed, exclusive, and unaccommodating.”

– Édouard Glissant, in Introduction à une poétique du divers (Paris: Gallimard, 1996, p. 66)

musical satire in the age of “alternative facts”

Just been thinking it’s really interesting how a lot of the satire I’ve seen about Trumpfest has taken the shape of musical/cabaret… The musical is an OTT form that foregrounds its own fabrication, bombastically, and also the stylised regression to past constructions of nationalist, individualist, whitecishetpatriarchal identity–the American cheesecake nostalgic dream as nightmare for those it doesn’t include. I think it’s a perfect medium for this work.

against purity politics

‘“If we want a world with less suffering and more flourishing, it would be useful to perceive complexity and complicity as the constitutive situation of our lives, rather than as things we should avoid,” she writes. We can’t help that we’ve inherited these problems—a warming Earth, institutional racism, increasingly antibiotic-resistant bacteria—nor can we help sometimes perpetuating them. Better to stop pretending at purity, own up to our imperfections, and try to create a morality that works with them.’

READ THIS ARTICLE.

listen, my white friends

If we want to be in solidarity, to support change,
Our centuries-old vampirism must die.
Beyond the pale of empire’s pronouncements,
We need to stop feeding off the pain of others,
Stop sucking it up and spitting it back in our projects, our projections.
Your voice cannot undo its own violence. It can only stop continuing it.
So drive a stake through your tongue before you speak in public, and swallow your own blood, privately, and
Listen.

Listening, not offering your perspective, not taking up space, is the act of revolutionary solidarity that will change the status quo now. We have a multigenerational debt of attention to pay. This is not immaterial.

Show up, be fully present but stay out of the fucking spotlight. You accomplish this by putting your ego aside and listening, quietly, intentionally. It’s quite simple, so why do so many of us find it so hard?