Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)
This book is different: An introduction (Jeanine speaks)
This book is different: An introduction
In 2002, I approached a group of post-adolescent4 /young adult college-educated Black women in hopes of soliciting from them responses to depictions of women of color in post-9/11 popular culture narratives (PCNs). I saw a heightening of stories told by and about women of color during that time. I felt curious about how such stories were being featured and what Black women in America might notice about the stories of Black and Brown women in other parts of the world. To that end, I collected Black American women’s talk and writing in relation to depictions of women of color in Middle Eastern and northern/western/ sub-Saharan African, fundamentalist Muslim nations and geopolitical regions.5 I hoped this access might help us to ← 9 | 10 → develop nuanced global perspectives about lived experiences of some women of color and clarify how we, as arguably more economically and politically “privileged” women of color, might somehow serve our Black and Brown sisters in solidarity.
I chose to consider Black women’s literate lives because I believe reading, writing, speaking, and listening are transformative practices. I also believe that explorations of literate lives can illuminate complex levels of epistemological and ontological understandings. This awareness can, in turn, foster methods for explorations, expressions, relations, demonstrations and resistances in and through lived experiences. Finally, I believe Black women’s literate lives are exceptionally interesting because ours are intersectionally6 dynamic and particular. They are simultaneously rife with power and underexplored. To be...