Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking
Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim
15. Exchanging Letters
DUSTIN BRADLEY GOLTZ AND KIMBERLEE PÉREZ
Kimberlee, with Dusty’s help (but not passive at all) dresses herself in Dusty’s shoulder pads, kneepads, and hockey gloves. Dusty hands Kimberlee a monologue he has written for her.
DUSTY: I wanted to feel this in your writing as much as you wanted to feel it in mine. L’Chaim.
KIMBERLEE: Really? Really? My investment in coalitional work is a privileged investment, a blinding aspiration of whiteness in its efforts to recenter and defend itself? Really? Exactly how much effort, how much of “the work” you demand so regularly in your writing, did you place into hearing me, knowing me, feeling me? As a biracial woman, I know the dangers of broad stroke master narratives that define and constrain our bodies and our stories—and does my willingness to engage dialogues, my unwillingness to demonize everyone subjected to whiteness (including you) render my story irrelevant?
How did the product of all this labor become the essentialism of whiteness, the refusal for whiteness to speak to experience, the inability of a body, a life, a relation tied to whiteness to be anything other than WHITE? Why does the impulse to complicate and dialogue scare you so much, force you into rigid abstractions to halt discussions, possibilities, relations? Do I challenge your narrative of innocent victimhood? You don’t get to write me, and then write me off. You ARE NOT the solitary determination of how...
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