A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle
When: 7:30PM, Monday, June 27th
Where: Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave
Cost: $5, buy tickets here
How do you learn to be black in America? In an age that juxtaposes an African American president with the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Oscar Grant, The Nation’s Mychal Denzel Smith offers an account of his own personal journey as a black man in America. Deemed “one of the most important voices of his generation,” by Guardian reporter Jessica Valenti, Smith tears down assumptions of black masculinity and explains how black men cannot address racism without also addressing other systems of oppression. In what way is the heterosexual black man complicit to the plight of his transgender neighbor? Why are depression and anxiety still taboo in black male culture? In conversation with journalist Marcus Harrison Green (YES! Magazine) Smith will address these questions as an African American and an activist, blending political analysis with personal reflection for a critique of current culture and a potential path forward in the fight against oppression.
From an interview with Smith: “It’s not that I’m saying anything really new. Obviously, black feminist women and queer folks have been challenging us on this for years, and now it feels like some of us are finally ready to step up to the plate. I feel the embrace from the folks making the challenge. But what about cisgender, heterosexual black men? How receptive are they going to be to someone not only telling their story, but also offering a challenge? Cis-hetero black men, in particular, don’t like to be challenged. Of course, it has to do with systems of oppression, and the world we walk through. That impacts the way we see the world and the opportunities we have. But being able to step back and look at the ways in which you’re complicit in systems of oppression is difficult for anybody.”
Check out the full interview with Smith here: Seven Scribes