"We don’t like pictures like this. It is not good to deduce an entire country to the image of a person reaching out for food. It is not good for people to see us like this, and it is not good for us to see ourselves like this. This gives us no dignity. We don’t want to be shown as a country of people waiting for someone to bring us food. Congo has an incredible amount of farmland. An incredible amount of resources. Yes, we have a lot of problems. But food is not what we are reaching for. We need investment. We need the means to develop ourselves."
What does the Michael Brown shooting have to do with feminism? Hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon discussed the topic of police brutality and feminism in the second half of the Council of Feminism Thought with writer Mikki Kendall and comedienne and burlesque performer Tamale Sepp.
“Black women, Latino women, Native American women- we are all supposed to be part of this. Our communities are being harmed by police brutality. Not only are the women dying, the children are dying, their husbands are dying, their brothers their uncles. The people they love are being killed… it should be a feminist issue because if we’re talking equality and we want equality, well equality includes not being killed for the color of your skin.”
I normally go into my conversations with a set of proven questions to ask, that I find will elicit a wide variety of anecdotes from people’s lives: happiest moment, saddest moment, things like that. But with people fleeing war, it is absolutely impossible to discuss anything beyond the present moment. Their circumstances are so overpowering, there is absolutely zero room in their minds for any other thoughts. The conversation immediately stalls, because any topic of conversation beyond their present despair seems grossly inappropriate. You realize that without physical security, no other layers of the human experience can exist. “All day they do is cry for home,” she told me. (Dohuk, Iraq)