On Blackness and Being

“I return to Brand’s “Ruttier for the Marooned in the Diaspora” as as song of direction that contains mercy, a song that contains all of the things that we are. Her “Ruttier” writes and contains Black being as it developed in the wake; Black being that continually exceeds all of the violence directed at Black life; Black being that exceeds that force. For Brand, all of this is knowledge and wealth. And she offers us a song, a map to anywhere, to everywhere, in all of the places in which we find ourselves. The Ruttier: a map to be held; to behold. So we are here in the weather, here in the singularity. Here there is disaster and possibility. And while “we are constituted through and by constituted vulnerability to this overwhelming force, we are not only known to ourselves and to each other by that force.”

– Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being


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