I've had enough of the sensationalist, exoticised, demeaning portrayals of Muslim women seen all throughout the media, and this is my way of countering all the nonsense.
This is not an attempt at 'breaking stereotypes' or trying to enlighten people, if you're ignorant enough to believe that Muslim women are oppressed and subjugated by Islam then that's your own problem.
This is my way of giving recognition to all the women who inspire me, and hopefully sending out some positive vibes.
I love this woman, and this piece is extremely powerful.
Performance artist, writer and global agitator, Anida Yoeu Ali is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. Anida is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, installation, sound, and performance. Utilizing memories and materials, her works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political junctures of a hybrid transnational identity.
Excuse me, Amerika - by Anida Yoeu Ali
“excuse me, Amerika I’m confused?
you tell me to lighten up
but what you really mean is whiten up
you wish to wash me out,
melt me in your cauldron
excuse me, if I tip your melting pot
spill the shades onto your streets
I DON’T WANT TO LOSE MY COLOR.”
“9 digits to divvy up my new found freedom
a hyphenated identity, misconstructed name
a divided soul— asian american
a hybrid woman
SLASHED, DASHED, CAPPED, AND LOWER CASED IN LABELS
contaminated by diction—
pricked by vultures of bastard tongues
you mispronounce my pain,
the sting heard on roll call days
daily friction—names slip off teachers’ tongues
sounding like slaughtered soldiers
caught in battalion battlefields
excuse me, for getting so angry but
YOU CAN’T EVEN SAY MY FUCKING NAME!”
(Source: thoumbreath)(209 plays)