rawiya kameir

thefemmeandthefunk asked: what are you reading?

Right now I’m reading An Untamed State by Roxane Gay and Fire In The Unnameable Place by Ghalib Islam, but mostly I am working diligently to get through my Instapaper queue.

Anonymous asked: Are you a writer?

When I’m not an anxious, procrastinating mess, yeah.

I don’t explain cultural things, with italics or with exclamation or with side bars or asides. I was aggressive about that because I had so many negative models, so many Latinos and black writers who are writing to white audiences, who are not writing to their own people. If you are not writing to your own people, I’m disturbed because of what that says to your relationship to the community you are in one way or another indebted to. You are only there to loot them of ideas, and words, and images so that you can coon them to the dominant group. That disturbs me tremendously.

—Junot Díaz, with Diógenes Céspedes and Silvio Torres-Saillant (1996)

(Source: famphic, via heavenrants)