By Erica Granados De La Rosa
In the wake of mass resistance and protest to police brutality and systemic violence in this country, I remain grounded in the belief that alternative narratives must be shared for us to better understand each other and the earth. I believe we as marginalized peoples (Women, Queer Folk, People of Color, Other Abled,.. etc) play a particular role in the transformation of a culture that is grounded in white herteronomative patriarchal privilege.
We walk on a path of uncovering and healing ourselves from the doubt that makes us distrust our own truth.
We also face the reality that our truth comes as an inconvenience to those who profit comfortably from our exclusion, our silence, and or the superficial tokenizing of our bodies. We find little support in connecting and articulating truth in our own lives let alone in the process of sharing it with others in significant ways.
This is a reality both in the church and within every facet of our society.
The courage that was born in me the day I decided self publish my first book She Speaks | Poetry reflected a personal desire to see models of what a Queer Women of Color artist like me could do and be.
I was tired of being invisible, I was tired of my sisters not having models of what they could do with their spiritually grounded love of expression and healing.