In honor of Pride Month and the Looking Out Foundation’s Fund Racial Justice Campaign, I will be interviewing Grammy Award winning artist Brandi Carlile about her efforts to address racism. The interview will include how to embody and engage with accountability, galvanize action and support for the Black community, address racial inequities which continue to deeply and disproportionately affect LGBTQ+ people of color, and more.
As someone directly afforded an unearned right to exist, I am indebted to communities of color for creating a safer world for LGBTQ+ people like myself by fighting for it before I was born. Policing in America is mutually constituted with racism, meaning it is impossible to separate out the racist elements of policing. Acts of violence against Black people result from centuries of entrenched racism in a nation built on and maintained by unjust systems of power. It is the responsibility of white people to remain conscious and aware that history is a "story" primarily for the dominant classes, and to project loudly that Black Lives Matter. This raised consciousness must inform our current and future actions. Audre Lorde argued that Black issues are queer issues, imploring us to keep this mentality central to our efforts. We have leveraged many a Pride Month to celebrate our queerness through a white lens. It is time to focus on elevating queer people of color. I have pledged to raise $10,846 in memory of George Floyd, who died, handcuffed and face down in the street, after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The funds will go to LOF’s Fund Racial Justice Campaign, which benefits organizations promoting justice and fighting anti-black racism, including Black Visions Collective and Campaign Zero. Any contribution is appreciated! Thank you!