|Faith Ringgold-The Flag Is Bleeding #2|
I came across a video on youtube which promotes a strong message of support for feminism. The way in which this video is perfectly related to Lorde's literature, is that while it may not be possible to identify sexual orientation or economic class, there is an EXTREME lack of representation of women of color. Only one image at the end of the series in all of those displayed in the over 4 minute video is of a woman who is clearly other than white. Respect is paid to those women of the suffragist movement which we discussed in class (clean, well dressed, white, upper-middle-class). This video clearly supports Lorde's position on diversity in expression.
In searching related topics online I found an artist site for Faith Ringgold who is an artist, author, and professor. Her painted quilt work is beautiful and extensive covering her over 35 year career. Beyond viewing her artwork and brief biography the artist has a link under "Racial Questions and Answers" that relates to the frustration of identity found in Lorde's article; "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House." These questions at least in small part, allow the participant the chance to consider their life and identity if waking up one day as another race and gender. Questions such as "Whom would you tell first?", and "How do you feel about your new identity?" got me considering my comfort level in my own skin and how this, and in large part, my identity as I'm accustomed to it would change based on gender and ethnicity. Answers collected by previous participants are available based on participant gender and race. The questions posed led me to wonder of the feelings of those who feel oppressed. Would you ultimately choose, if given the choice, to permanantly assume the identity of another race or gender to gain the expected privileges that accompany such an identity? Would you instead choose to live with the characteristics which you're already familiar? I believe that most would choose to remain who they are, as they are. Though challenges may vary from one person to another, I don't believe sacrificing the person you have grown to become for the chance at some possible privilege benefit is a worthy cost. At any rate, the short series of questions is worth a minute or two, and may even help broaden considerations on identity and perspective.