Reimagined in this vampire society is not the position of a black woman but, rather, her understanding of herself.
This is the transcript from a presentation I gave on the research I am currently working on. The larger title is: “Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Reimagining Spatial Epistemology through the Fictive.”
Before social justice activist, lawyer, and award-winning author Bryan Stevenson ever arrived at Emory University, his presence was strongly felt on campus. His book Just Mercy was this year’s selection for Emory’s Common Reading Program; Emory sponsored numerous trips to The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, both of which Stevenson founded; and Stevenson and Just Mercy were topics of discussion in many Emory classes, a fact that I can personally attest to.
Warning: There are potential spoiler alerts
I was a psychology major. I didn’t particularly like my classes, and I often wish I would’ve switched to sociology or English or linguistics or really anything else, but I stuck with psychology. As a result, I find myself in this constant feedback loop between theory and practice. I apply psychological theories to my 7th grade students, to my 50-something year-old parents, to my 18 year-old brother, to my 20-and-30-something year old peers, and (if you know me, you saw this coming) to myself. I’m constantly trying to make sense of human behavior. I think understanding our psychological motivations gives me a little more hope for humanity. And somehow, it makes me feel like I have more control, too.
i’ve spent quite awhile trying to put this experience into words. in many ways, it is ineffable. a post-lingual phenomenon. but I’m going to try anyway. though failure is a very real possibility, there is such beauty in the effort.
I’m writing this in hopes that it’ll dilute the taste of metal that shows up in my mouth every time my mind wanders to you.
Through poetry, fiction, a speech, or a journal entry, the goal of this project/ challenge is to WRITE. Write what you want to.