Snaps all around! Intersectionalities exist, they always have, this is not a new phenomenon. Changing the system, understandably, is difficult, however we as individuals, as communities, can work to change our mindsets in order to promote society as it really is, to have our libraries, books, and so forth reflect reality. Intersectionalities exist and when they’re ignored, woc, qwoc, etc…are forced to check only one box thus erasing everything else. (Also, this is what I’m doing my independent research/possibly thesis on so yay!) -Patrice
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Fobazi M. Ettarh.
Black people are more homophobic.
Racism is over. LGBTQ rights are the new Civil Rights.
Well at least Black people can get married!
My classmates spit these words at me during the discussion of Civil Rights in young adult literature. I had expressed my discomfort at the conflation of the Civil Rights and LGBTQ movement. These words, while familiar, still stung. As usual, I was the only person of color (POC) in the room. Many studentsandlibrarians have talked about diversifying the MLIS and field of librarianship. But what about the librarians already in the field?
My journey in getting the MLIS has been difficult. As someone who identifies as a queer person of color (QPOC), the overwhelming white heteronormativity of the program here at Rutgers is disheartening. I have been able to build racial and queer themes…
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