My body is not a land waiting for a flag

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Trigger/Content Warning: The following is an experimental spoken word piece originally written in January 2014, performed once in February 2014, and significantly re-written in October 2016. It tells a true story about rape, colonization, and anti-Indigenous racism.

I was working on this with the intent to share it for the day known by some as Columbus Day, and by others as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, when the story of Donald Trump’s 2005 hot-mic conversation about pussy grabbing dropped (extra TW on that link.) In light of how sexual violence is being discussed and many survivors are being asked to share their stories, I considered NOT sharing this right now. I’m not comfortable with the demand being placed on survivors to tell all right now, and I’m not comfortable with how women of color (and non-binary folx of color, like myself) are having our experiences of sexual violence pushed to the side to center the white women Trump was talking about. If it took you to *this* point to realize what a terrible person and catastrophic presidential candidate Trump is, your protests are too little, too late to redeem you. Then I realized, this is exactly why I feel compelled to share this particular piece right now. The sexual violence that Trump so glibly jokes about has a LONG history in this country — and some of us are more likely to experience it than others. Four out of five Indigenous women have experienced violence in their lives, are 2.5 times more likely than white women to have been raped, and the vast majority of them have experienced more than one incident. Columbus set the stage, and contemporary Indigenous people continue to face gender and racial violence, including rape and sexual violence, while perpetrators of that violence remain predominantly white men (see previous link again.) It is for this reason that I decided to go forward with my plan to share this now.

Again, the following contains references to and descriptions of racialized sexual violence and rape.

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