By Hari Ziyad
Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Victoria Asbury of The Dialogue and Brandon Nick and Donja Love of The Each Other Project to talk about the work I do here at RaceBaitR and beyond, and coincidentally both interviews were both published today. Check them out!
Conversations for The Dialogue:
“I think that the conversations that need to happen need to be in service of underrepresented communities, and what I mean by that is not talking about race for white people, not talking about gender for men or talking about being outside of the gender binary for people who are cisgender or not talking about sexuality for straight people, but to actually have these conversations and dig deeper within marginalized communities without necessarily always having to respond and educate. I think that we’ve done so much of that already anyway, and the people who are willing to learn will go on these journeys with us as we dig deeper. So those are the stories I want to tell.”
“RaceBaitR is a platform that I created because I didn’t think there were enough spaces, not just for people of color and particularly Black people to write, but also to write for Black audiences who are already wrestling with these ideas.”
“You can see a very clear strategy by both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to kind of like harvest death and anger over death into votes.”
“All of the conversations that are worth having are scary conversations, and the ones that have been scariest for me have been conversations about sexual violence, particularly the idea that we all can participate in that in some way or the other.”
“I’m tired of this idea that it’s somehow unreasonable to ask people to think about identity in different ways.”
The Each Other Project Feature of The Month:
TEOP: What are some fears that you have?
Hari: Fears…. Uh, I have a lot of fears. I think my biggest fear is to not be able to find stability in, uh, this unstable life. Like I know that life is very unstable; I know that it’s always changing and I know that I’m always gonna be changing. And I wanna be ok with that, and most of the time I’m ok with that. But when I’m not, umm, it gets really scary. And it’s in those moments I think is when I’m most down, and I hope to reduce those moments whenever they come up.
TEOP: What does stability look like to you?
Hari: So that’s the thing, obviously like I said there is no stability, really. So maybe stability isn’t really what I’m looking for. It’s, instead, just the comfort in knowing that there is no stability. And that in and of itself is a kind of stability, so that’s why I use that term but I think that it might just be being free and being ok with being free. And letting the world live around me and living with it. And being ok with it.
Hari Ziyad is a Brooklyn-based storyteller and the Editor-in-Chief of RaceBaitR. Their work has been featured on Gawker, Out, Ebony, Mic, The Guardian, Colorlines, Paste Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, Young Colored and Angry, The Feminist Wire and The Each Other Project. They are also an assistant editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose and contributing writer for Everyday Feminism.