Upon winning a copy of Farewell, Fred Voodoo and reading it's summary, my first thought was, “Oy, more White people writing about POC instead of letti...moreUpon winning a copy of Farewell, Fred Voodoo and reading it's summary, my first thought was, “Oy, more White people writing about POC instead of letting them tell their own stories.” I don't regret that reaction because, frankly, I'm positive Ms Wilentz would have thought it as well.
In addition to Haitian history (specifically the slave revolt), Farewell focuses on the recent and destructive earthquake and the ways in which foreign aid organizations have swarmed in and, in many cases, made the situation worse. By knowing nothing about Haiti's population, geography, government... so many individuals and organizations have lined the pockets of the already wealthy at the severe detriment to the people in need. It calls so many out on their liberal guilt and patronizing, condescending words and actions.
“No one should co-opt someone else's pain. My rule is, don't be full of pity and charity. Don't feel sorry for them, rule number one. Be glad you're not in their situation, but don't pity. Their pain is theirs and, in disasters and destroyed places, their pain and their survival are sometimes even important aspects of their identity. Don't pretend it's YOUR story. Don't be an occupier of their narrative; don't be an imperialist in their lives; don't colonize their victimization.”
I'd share more quotes but we'd be here all day considering how many I marked...
I wish this book was required reading for those who think themselves the Great White Savior. Who use the pain and suffering of others to prove their own sainthood.(less)
Roving Pack is sweet and beautiful and bloody and visceral. I wanted it to go on so much longer. I wanted more because I wanted to see Click have that...moreRoving Pack is sweet and beautiful and bloody and visceral. I wanted it to go on so much longer. I wanted more because I wanted to see Click have that happy ending ze deserved. But if Roving Pack teaches us nothing else it's that not all of us have happy endings. We just have to do the best we can with the story beforehand. This is a book about growth and journey and self understanding and acceptance. It's about chosen family and the friends we'd kill and die for. And it's about what happens when we realize their love and acceptance has limitations and expectations. It explores peer pressure within subcultures and the pressure to be who everyone else thinks you are.
I loved the open and natural talk of leather and kink and how much more it made me understand gender, sex, and presentation. I loved the fact that it was a mix of public blog posts and private journal entries and seeing how much they could differ. Initially I worried that the book being in blog and journal entries would bother me but all it did was make me feel so much closer to Click than I ever could have otherwise. Click survives chaos and violence and lays hirself open, vulnerable, and bare.
I know that Roving Pack is partially a memoir and I cried when I read the acknowledgments. Because you know what? Click did get that happy ending after all.(less)