Saturday, December 03, 2011

"9/11 is the gentrification of AIDS" – can we please give Sarah Schulman an award for this paragraph?

"The deaths of these 81,542 New Yorkers, who were despised and abandoned, who did not have rights or representation, who died because of the neglect of their government and families, has been ignored. This gaping hole of silence has been filled by the deaths of 2,752 people murdered by outside forces. The disallowed grief of 20 years of AIDS deaths was replaced by ritualized and institutionalized mourning of the acceptable dead. In this way, 9/11 is the gentrification of AIDS. The replacement of deaths that don't matter with deaths that do. It is the centerpiece of supremacy ideology, the idea that one person's life is more important than another's. That one person deserves rights that another does not deserve. That one person deserves representation that the other cannot be allowed to access. That one person's death is negligible if he or she was poor, a person of color, a homosexual living in a state of oppositional sexual disobedience, while another death matters because that person was a trader, cop, or office worker presumed to be performing the job of Capital.”

From the forthcoming book The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, out in February from University of California Press

7 comments:

thissouthernfaggot said...

This paragraph almost made me cry, yes it deserves an award. Also, in organizing my bookshelves, along with various categories such as "gardening" and "crafts", I found it necessary for a "Mattilda" section. Now you have a place in my heart AND my bookshelves!

Nick said...

Yikes!

(in a good way)

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Thissouthernfaggot, I know – right? An award and award an award!

And, I love that there is a Mattilda section, thank you!!!

And Nick, yikes indeed -- thank you :)

Love –
mattilda

kayti said...

I need to get this book

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Yes :)

Love--
mattilda

davka said...

I have a Mattilda section, too! Nice.

Wow this paragraph is so spot on and powerful. I definitely am looking into this book.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Davka, a Mattilda section, how sweet of you!!!

Yes, this paragraph, I keep loving it…

Love –
mattilda