What would a physics of queer space-time, rather than a geography of queer space, feel like? It might, following the utopian speculations of Michael Warner, Lauren Berlant, and Jose Esteban Muñoz, operate something like a ‘queerworld’ — a world not (yet) in existence, but which holds open the possibility of imagining nonheteronormative modes of existence and connection. The project of queerworld making requires a dynamic understanding of time as more than a mere measure, and space as more than a container for the movement and transformation of solid objects. It also necessitates taking the virtual seriously — not in the sense of an electronic artifice that mimics ‘meatspace’ reality — but as a potential that could be, might be, actualized in the future. Berlant and Warner therefore describe the ‘queer world’ as ‘a space of entrances, exists, unsystematized lines of acquaintance, projected horizons, typifying examples, alternate routes, blockages, incommensurate geographies.’ For Warner and Berlant, a queerworld is ‘by definition unrealizable as community or identity,’ but nevertheless creates as energized space, a virtual world that may be inspired to actualize. Hence a queer world is not a location that can be mapped, but a complex adaptive system with the potential for self-transformation in time. Queer space is similarly emergent and therefore not automatically coextensive with geographic locations peopled by already constituted gay or lesbian, bi or trans- communities. It is rather the space of possibility, of the transformation of normative and often unlivable social formations into new, hopefully more livable social configurations that we can’t yet predict. Imagining the potential of queer space thus involves moving beyond identity as a predictor of desire and instead imagining desire as energy that moves in dynamic space-time.
Madelyn Detloff, “Living in ‘Energetic Space’: Jeanette Winterson’s Bodies and Pleasures” (via theagonistes)
District residents and their elected representatives should not tolerate commercial or other use of derogatory terminology relating to any people’s racial identity, or which dishonors any person’s race, or which dishonors the name Washington. Washington’s name has been dishonored by association with the word ‘Redskins.’ Because it is well known in America and in nations afar that American Indians have experienced utmost suffering and disrespect over the years.
…if honest interracial dialogue is essential to moving forward as a country, as many Americans believe it to be, it is counterproductive to heap furious scorn on well-meaning people, whatever their race or profession, who try to participate but do so with suboptimal skill or sophistication in a given instance. Honest interracial dialogue cannot exist without speech that is wrongheaded, speech that is prejudicial, even speech that is unwittingly racist. If it were otherwise, there would be no need for the dialogue. The race problem would already have been solved.