RaceBaitR is a platform created to explore the various ways race is expressed and defined with the goal of creating a world without all of its intersecting oppressions.
Some might call this race baiting. Okay.
This space is dedicated to imagining and working toward a world outside of the white supremacist cisheteropatriarchal capitalistic gaze with a particular attention to the function of anti-Blackness. Those who insist on wielding that gaze can call us what you like. We aren’t talking to you.
RaceBaitR is a community of people genuinely interested in learning more about Blackness, race, anti-Blackness, intersectionality, and their relationship to those subjects. Our audience is committed to learning with us, so pieces should not be expected to address non-marginalized people who haven’t yet dedicated themselves to joining the fight for justice.
Hari Ziyad is a Black, non-binary artist and writer whose work centers on creating through the arts alternative ways of living outside of whiteness. They received their BFA from New York University, where they concentrated on Film and Television and Psychology.
Their work is informed by their passion for storytelling and wrestling with identity as a Black, non-binary child of Muslim and Hindu parents from the streets of Cleveland. Hari primarily creates art engaging with identity, race, gender and sexuality, ally politics and the arts.
Their work has been featured on Gawker, Out, Ebony, Mic, The Guardian, Colorlines, Paste Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, The Feminist Wire, and in the peer-reviewed journal Critical Ethnic Studies (upcoming 2017). They are also an assistant editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose and contributing writer for Black Youth Project.
Location: New York, NY
To arrange to have Hari speak at your event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch soon. Their presentations include:
- The Role of Arts In Creating Emancipatory Futures – This presentation focuses on how the arts can answer the question: once white supremacy has been torn down, patriarchy destroyed, ableism and class oppression eliminated, systematic oppression against trans, nonconforming and queer communities eradicated, what do we replace it with?
- The Limitations of Ally Politics – This workshop discusses the pitfalls of allying with marginalized groups and offers tools and techniques for avoiding them. Activities are designed to expose common myths around allying with a focus on unlearning.
- Black/Queer Identities – This presentation explores how identity is both raced and gendered and how gender intersects with race. In this discussion we explore intersectionality, multiple identities, anti-Blackness, the necessity of speaking of race and gender simultaneously, and the spectrum of queer genders and sexualities.
All topics can be adapted to be presentations, keynote speeches, or workshops and can be tailored to the audience. If you don’t see a topic that quite meets your needs but think we can cover it, just let us know. We are also willing to create a signature talk or workshop for groups.