We’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind, while extracting our culture, our dollars and our entertainment like oil, like gold. Ghettoizing and demeaning our creations, then stealing them. Gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes, before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though, just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. *
The potential for creating empathy around issues greatly affecting our youth greatly excited me and motivated me as we moved forward. So many of our youth experiencing homelessness are youth whose lives touch on many intersections – whether they be gender identity, gender expression, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship status. My intention in creating this project is not only to educate and create healthy, productive and healing civic dialogue and safe spaces, but it is also to create empathy. It’s to create empathy for our youth in a world that is sorely lacking it.