Sunday, December 29, 2013
Calling In | From One To Another One
Toshi Reagon responded to the kerfuffle about Ani DiFranco's messy venue selection here.
I am often "the one" and understand that it comes
with a heavy load of responsibility. regardless
of your choices, there will be questions,
assertions, assumptions and name calling
mixed together with a liberal smattering of self-righteous
"see? it's /not\ okay." sometimes, the choices
"the one" are asked to make are difficult
and painful. too often, the task of "the one" is
to solder together odd bits and pieces into what might look
like a hybrid gramophone/ boombox/ ipod hybrid
so it mimics a flawless rendition of multiple voices
in time and space. sometimes those voices have
to be sampled, remixed and accompanied
live. this is a deep and awkward labor.
sometimes, the one has to choose the terms of engagement
the way a recovering alcoholic enters a bar.
if the alcoholic is spiritually fit, they can withstand
with ease and grace the temptations
to be drawn back into their illness. what I hear you saying is ~
you see yourself as spiritually fit ~ you are an equal partner in the venture.
your place is one where you have the ability to co-create the experience,
direct the programming, define stated objectives, intend
outcomes ... with equality in revenue sharing.
if this is the case, if you seek not to improve your position within
patriarchal White Supremacy and are using this event to dismantle
it, then I applaud and admire you.
I will watch closely to learn how you do this. your brand is
unlike your mother's ~ which has always stayed close
to an indisputable mission to dismantle White Supremacy and patriarchy.
it may just be that you have grown large enough
to think about being able to walk in her shoes. and I trust
in her good role-modeling to see you through
this swamp of thoughtless entitled female White supremacist
behavior. so, my sister, I am watching carefully
to see how you do this tender dangerous work.
I have much to learn about the way
"one" has always been asked to create
change. and achieves it single-handedly.