I want to work as a music supervisor on quality film and TV.
As of last week, I officially became a naturalized German citizen as part of the reparations my grandma and her descendants receive to address the loss and harm of the Holocaust. It’s been an odd and surprising emotional journey as the application process has unfolded. Mostly, it’s felt like this isn’t how history works–those who have been subject to the boot of genocide don’t get their loss acknowledged, and reparative steps don’t get taken. This feeling led me read about all of the times when reparations HAVE been won. In many of these instances, from Rosewood’s destruction in Florida to forced sterilization of WOC in North Carolina, it has been Americans who have fought for and received attempts at restoration for pain inflicted by their own government. When we discuss reparations and restorative justice, we often are told it’s unrealistic or that there are no models from our past. This isn’t true. I hope that my experience can help propel nationstates around the world, and especially here at home, to listen to the demands of marginalized people and do what they can to repair the harm caused in the name of imperialism, nationalism, militarism, racism, Christian hegemony, sexism, and homophobia. Now, ima go get grad school for free or travel or something to make this naturalization worth it.
Untitled (trees are the lungs of the earth) etching by @sensitiveplanttt, 2012.