71 Nat'l Law. Guild Rev. 246 (2014)
#Blacklivesmatter Kitchen Talk

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Richael Faithful
                              #BLACKLIVESMATTER KITCHEN TALK

   Black folk always talk about what some people call the news. We are
interested in all kinds of news-who died, who's leaving, who's coming,
who's sleeping with whom, who got which job, whose kids are grown and
what they're doing. We talk about music, culture, and, of course, politics as
we know them. In our kitchen-talk, porch-talk, stoop-talk, shop-talk, we say
a lot of things that most white folks rarely hear because in these spaces we
can be just a little more free or, at least, we face our own judgments of each
other, shaped by our racist ecology, rather than carry the unique heaviness
of being Black.
   There has been a lot of talk since 2012 when Trayvon Martin was mur-
dered and his killer was legally exonerated. Murmurs swirling around after
Troy Davis' execution in 2011 swelled into shouting after the taped murder
of Eric Garner by the NYPD. I have been talking about the news with people
whom I trust to share my heartache and resilience, including two friends:
Zachari Curtis, a Black gender non-conforming' DC-native land justice activ-
ist and farmer, and Aaliya3 a queer Desi community-builder in her first year
of high school teaching. Some weeks ago the three of us found ourselves
in the kitchen as I prepared fixings. Interestingly, we shared some assump-
tions based on our politics and friendships, yet we had divergent reactions,
insights and possibilities about the meaning of now. We turned over, chewed,
swallowed, and digested each other's sense of what's happening. We had
some kitchen-talk.
   As with any kind of intimate talk, we trusted our motivations, appreci-
ated our experiences, assumed nuances, desired openness, and knew that we
were just sharing words, not making hard judgments about who we were or
could be. Along with a common set of values, we had a shared analysis from
which the conversation organically sprung. The topic of #BlackLivesMattet
surfaced with our moods as I finished up a meal of tofu scramble and eggless
pancakes. It is worth saying that many folks of color do not talk this way
with each other, but the people I know do, and some of us are about as frank


Richael Faithful, Esq. is a folk healer and creative based in Washington DC. Richael
is founder of Conjure! Freedom Collective, a movement of healers and creatives
committed to healing the trauma of slavery, end racial caste, and establish a new love
politic in the U.S. Richael is also a former Equal Justice Works Fellow and serves as
current Executive Editor of the National Lawyers Guild Review. Zachari is a bad-ass
justice worker and tinkerer here in DC. To learn more about Zachari's creations, see
GOOD SENSE FARM & ApiARY, http://goodsensefann.com (last visited Feb. 18, 2015)

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