Cory Booker wants to live on food stamps. For why? Men march in heels. Again, for why? Why don’t they believe our report? Why do they have to “walk in our shoes” or “live as we do” to understand our circumstance? When a group of people have told their stories over and over again, why don’t you just believe?
This vexes me because at Afrolicious, the hypothesis we’ve been testing out these past four years is that telling stories transforms how we are perceived. It’s not that people are voiceless or powerless. Brown people, people at the margins and otherwise outside of the lens of the mainstream have been telling their stories since the dawn of existence.
Then again, do we need you to believe? Gravity will always work on earth, whether you believe in it or not. We are humans whether you recognize it or not.
Is the point of the margins to become the center? Do we need you to verify our reports? Or is our storytelling the end in and of itself? There’s only one way to find out.
Tell your story or someone will try to tell it to you and for you without you.
What’s your story? How are you telling it? Would you mind sharing it with Afrolicious? Drop me a note!