As a Queer Mexican-American, and Curator of this event- it was my intention to create an all-inclusive event where people of any background feel welcome.
I honestly believe last night’s attendance did not reflect how “white” Portland is, there were plenty of people of color- including many Latinos, gays, bisexuals, and lesbians. This event, and particularly the piece in the picture, are not about race- it’s about coming together and celebrating life, art, and education.
Just as a point of reference: I get it. Portland is white.
I have a sense of humor and all that fun stuff, but let’s take a second to look at what city we live in. Also, please excuse my grammar.
I do live in a city full of hella white people. That’s a fact and, well, I’m one of those white people, so I won’t be apologizing for that. I’m Irish, and that is a whole different story of oppression and cultural clashes.
Here’s what I don’t get: does it help the community or hurt the community when we speak of race this way? I’m not made of the same mixtures of pigment as you. But guess what? I love you. Deal with it.
I “do stuff” because I think it is fun. I enjoy making art. More people of color being involved in these projects would be beautiful, as far as I’m concerned. I, and all of us at Time Arts Club, want this to happen. Please!
But we do have a problem with demographics, that dirty word with real implications.
I want to work with more people, but I could give a shit what color their skin is or what sort of background got them to where they are today (bad wording about the background stuff - see me personally so we can discuss that if it is an issue).
I was forced (by my own bad timing) to take a cab to Time Arts this time around, and the cabbie was so friendly and, well, a bit confused about this new country he lives in. (He was also very proud to have gotten here! I love this guy.)
We had a wonderful discussion about how oppression really does make people more poor than they already were, but also about the Great Experiment that we call the U.S., and what role we Americans who are (not exactly well-off, but) able to take our knowledge and help people who have needed to deal with their hunger and the hunger of their own families on a day-to-day basis, rather than learn important scientific or cultural information that could possibly benefit themselves and their communities for decades or centuries to come. There are real people out there who just need to feed their families.
If they didn’t have to spend all of their time battling hunger, this might not be a problem.
Look, I don’t think these comments are wrong. Maybe a bit misguided. There is a larger picture to understand here, and we all must be involved: brown, black, white, pink, whatever.
This colorful picture is who we are. On Planet Earth.
Yeah, I’m a hippy. If you really want to label me for this rant.
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A photo I posted to a PSU art party/event.
The color of the piece referenced was once referred to as “flesh-toned” or “neutral” in regards to the peachy/pink hue of the base. The piece next to it (not pictured) was titled “50 Shades of Brown” by an artist (Mark Martinez
) ”whose work interrogates whiteness in a post-civil rights era…[by] personalizing the political [to] expand upon a conversation that would otherwise be left ignored in a generation that fancies itself ‘Post-Racial’”.