How ending childhood sexual abuse is a cornerstone to Black liberation
"As a writer who constantly deals with the question of Black  liberation in my work, I’m often asked, “What does a free future for  Black people look like?” I never quite know how to answer. Any response  would posit to be the solution to a problem over 400 years old, and any  answer less than a book’s length couldn’t possibly address all of the  complexities that have festered in the bloody cracks of those broken  centuries.

I usually reframe it as a question of what liberation  would *feel* like, and somehow words are able to come to me a little  more quickly then. Perhaps it’s that I am so used to my eyes playing  tricks on me–claiming there is so much color in a world that feels more  Black and white (violence) by the day–that I trust them much less than  the rest of my body. My body has always seemed to know when things  weren’t right, even when I hadn’t the sense or maturity to listen.

 The way I think about the sexual violence that happened to me as a  child has had many iterations over time. When I was younger, I convinced  myself that my body was wrong, and that what had happened to me wasn’t  that big of a deal. At the time, I thought I was only convincing myself  that I was misreading the way my body collapsed into its center at every  sight of him, or the way my memory began to fog the nights in question  over until the details suffocated underneath the clouds. I was creating a  new truth–it wasn’t as bad as it seemed." read more at

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