Sidewalk Soapboxing and My Race Radical Comic Series: Dreaming A Very Different Future

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Sidewalk Soapboxing and My Race Radical Comic Series: Dreaming A Very Different Future Sidewalk Soapboxing and My Race Radical Comic Series: Dreaming A Very Different Future
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Sidewalk Soapboxing and My Race Radical Comic Series: Dreaming A Very Different Future

by Jewels Smith

November 16, 2012



Of course, this comic is partly autobiographical— it's a world I want to see, but also a world I believe people are afraid to see. Folks may be aware of the high rates of imprisonment, bleak numbers regarding unemployment, and diagnosis of mental illness in Black communities, but those who climb up on their soapboxes are often dismissed as pessimistic or angry. But these issues require discussion and a radical dream. 


When we think of the dream, the Martin Luther King speech is given the monopoly. Not all of our freedom dreams are the same though. The worker’s dream is to earn a higher wage. The immigrant’s dream is to be financially secure and blend into the new country of origin. The woman’s dream is equal pay for equal work and complete control over her body. But what is the dream of the enslaved? 

Perhaps that man who bought my book on the Oakland streets recently sees anger as harmful to health and wellness. Anger, though, is but one emotion. It can be dismissed as illegitimate or overly emotional. It can also be a powerful catalyst for action. Understanding where Naima Pepper's seemingly unadulterated anger is coming from is vital.

Naima Pepper invites us to dream bigger. Frustration can root visions of freedom as well as fears of the future. The practice of imagining a different future is in part, a suture to our lack of feeling whole. My comics are just one small way to call out the structures that limit our humanity, and my own expression of a very different imagined future. 


 

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