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Watch: DarkMatter on 9/11, Abusive Love, and Violent Nationalism

Last Friday was 9/11. Last Friday was also the strangely queued 24 hour social media ritual where a whole lotta people hashtag “never forget,” some people acknowledge that the only 9/11s we remember are white ones, and a few tired people once again try explaining the ways in which that day changed (or ended) the lives of hundreds and thousands of innocent Muslim (and Muslim-looking) people.

I’m attempting to continue conversations raised last Friday past last Friday. And one post that knocked some amount of wind out of my lungs is a poem by Janani Balasubramanian of the incredible DarkMatter. They write:

I watch heartbroken people in this city hurt each other
and cry and beat their fists against the wind.

I watch America invent a heart
call it New York,
beat its fists against the whole entire world.

“9/11: A Love Story” is a powerful piece that talks love and nationalism, that weaves images of abusive partner and imperial torture in describing the behavior of a belligerently violent post-9/11 United States. Read the poem here.

 

Mahroh Jahangiri is the former Executive Director of Know Your IX, a national survivor- and youth-led organization working to end gender violence in schools. She cares about the ways in which American militarization, racism, and sexual violence impact communities of color transnationally. You can say hi to her at @mahrohj.

Mahroh Jahangiri is the former Executive Director of Know Your IX, a national survivor- and youth-led organization working to end gender violence in schools.

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