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NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
"Ellison's hero [...] resorts to narrative to re-assert his own reality."
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
Whenever I think of the lower middle class black background I come from, I feel that I am climbing an uphill battle that I may never win.
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
I think of my father telling me that I was delusional when I wanted to study Art History...
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
I think about how I buried myself in philosophy texts and novels in undergrad, hoping they would save me from middle class mediocrity...
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
and how all my knowledge managed to do was swallow up my background & erase it, even from me, to the point where it might as well be fiction
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
I might as well be from an upper-middle class background, born to well-to-do parents who read me Meillassoux as a teenager
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
I might as well be from a wealthy background. I did, after all, grow up in the suburbs...
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
I told a classmate, after the Mike Brown verdict where Darren Wilson went free, about my mother's jail time.
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
My mother was in prison for most of my adolescence (Age 12-17).
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
I told this classmate that story and that my mother actually got off easy, perhaps because of her mixedness, perhaps because she's light.
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
I told this classmate that I worried if it had been me, arrested for the same crime, I would've gotten twice my mother's sentence.
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
My classmate responded, "But you're so beautiful and educated."
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
Again, erasing my formative years, because they don't correlate with the person she sees.
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
I am an invisible being, writing my own history because the history I was born into doesn't fit.
NEVAEH OUT FEB 14th @MHYSA301
I work better as a projection, as a commodity, as an idea.

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