[confession time 2011]
hey y'know what i am real sick of lately?
racism in the queer/trans community. specifically
co-opting my (POC immigrant) culture’s practices.
no, white person i do not want you to share your latest
tincture using “oriental” herbs or learn yoga “under you”
as you co-opt brown/asian/african/latin@/indigenous
culture. you’ve visited homelands so many of us
cannot afford to get to or even visit for obligation,
moreover leisure or a redefining spiritual awakening.
it’s not community healing when you steal a culture’s
form of healing and art only to capitalize on it yourself,
wear it as a badge on your sleeve to be more radically fit,
pseudo-progressive. and THEN, have the nerve to
offer it to surviving communities, specifically of color and poor,
as though it was yours to give in the first place.
that’s just your colonial whiteness showing. kind and well-
meaning intentions don’t make it less problematic.
support your brown/poc queer and transgender healers!