In these United States of America, what makes us magical is that despite our better judgement and knowledge of ourselves, we are taught to constantly reflect on how we might be received before we present our minds, bodies, voices and spirits to other people. We are forced to consider everyone else, constantly, in an environment of negotiating time, space, circumstances and the impact of the ways in which our empowered identities simply do not assimilate with white supremacy. As we navigate an era of dictatorship that allows doctors to deny women who have had an abortion and transgender people the right to healthcare access based on the religious preferences of the provider, we must rely on our traditional healing work and Indigenous practices to disrupt this obstruction of our human rights. When a nation fails to prioritize healthcare as a human right, it is hazardous to the health and wellbeing of this country. We, Black women, nonbinary people and transgender folx know this firsthand. Starting with the first white baby we were forced to nurse on the plantation, our blood and the full helix of our DNA is the earthseed of this country. The identities of white supremacists whose ancestors lives thrived from our nourishment know our power. Their actions reflect the fear and fragility that breed the hostility toward our desire and demand to be all that we are, and everything that this nation has gained from our labor for us to inherit. Because we know the abundance of all that is ours, we demand justice. JEROME LAGARRIGUE Artwork by JEROME LAGARRIGUE We are clear that our destinies instigate fears in those whose optical lens tilts further when witnessing our dreams deferred rather than realized. Black Feminist poet June Jordan, spoke about the denial of our actualization and bodily autonomy in her piece, A Poem About My Rights. She begins with explaining how in the most simple actions of a day, we are confronted with reminders of violence, fear and denial enacted on our bodies and lives: Even tonight and I need to take a walk and clear my head about this poem about why I cant go out without changing my clothes my shoes my body posture my gender identity my age my status as a woman alone in the evening/ alone on the streets/ alone not being the point/ the point being that I cant do what I want to do with my own body because I am the wrong sex the wrong age the wrong skin .
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