In Audre’s Footsteps: Chapter Seven

We’re Here to Connect and Do Intersectional Work:
A Conversation with Dr. Céline Barry

Dr. Céline Barry

Major cultural and intimate, personal events help produce us as racialized subjects, which, in turn, helps inform the ways we think politically. The process of racialization also shifts depending on cultural and geographical context. So, how do we create a sense of community that honors the breadth of Black experiences? When we consider the ways events, such as the Berlin Wall coming down or the crack cocaine epidemic in the U.S., are depicted differently depending on where one is located, how can we create a borderless and boundless definition of Blackness? Should we even try? In any case, we must first turn inward to understand how we ourselves are produced as Black people. Through an exploration of the moments that molded us into the political thinkers we are today, we reflect on how our identities came to be produced, as well as how our politics affect how we rear our children as political actors.

We live in an identitarian era in which identity is emphasized with little vision of what we want to come of identity politics. There’s a lot of work to be done still to connect different types of Blackness and even more work to be done to create a sense of community transnationally. What I really like is that we’re here to connect and do intersectional work. We have to work across difference both within Blackness and among people of color more broadly.
—Dr. Céline Barry

 

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