A proposition for you:
Last fall I finally put my pen to the pad and told you the story of my time as an organizer in the 2016 election. People took the time to comment, email me, and even stop me in public to tell me how much they enjoyed my writing, which I appreciated, but I knew these gestures couldn’t help me, at least not in the ways I really need. Thousands of words and thousands of page views later, I had very little to show for my labor.
Over the winter I took the $800 I had scrounged up reffing youth soccer and went to Puerto Rico for two months where I filmed my first documentary (an anti-imperialist project, going public sometime soon). Amazing the things a little cash can make possible.
In April I got back in the writing game, speaking on colonialism and white supremacy while I wracked up the pageviews. 5,000 in under a month and plenty more comments thanking me for speaking up. If what I said was so valuable, then how come I wasn’t seeing the results in my pockets?
Not being adequately compensated for labor, beit physical, mental, or emotional is a phenomenon that women, People of Color, and specifically Black people, are no strangers to. The mere existence of a wealthy white area like the Upper Valley, with institutions like Dartmouth and Kimball Union, is impossible without the genocide and enslavement that came before it. Still though, white people were agreeing with my critiques, indicating some level of desire to combat the legacies of these oppressions.
This brings me to my main point, which is of course, to ask for your money. I recently read an article discussing the ways white people can pay reparations which validated a lot of what I’ve been wishing would happen, specifically that white people do everything they can to support Black-owned businesses and projects. Unfortunately for everyone in the Upper Valley, there aren’t that many opportunities to do this around here. Fortunately for you however, I just launched my Patreon page with video, audio, and written content for as little as $5 a month. If you’re one of the more than 10,000 people who read my articles, or the dozens who reached out with expressions of gratitude, or my 45 subscribers, this is a perfect opportunity to show and prove to me that you understand, your liberation is tied up in mine.
Right now on my Patreon page there are two interviews and a podcast. Soon they’ll be joined by my Puerto Rico film and a video series with my mom who has been an educator in NH/VT for most of my life. I have lots of other really compelling projects lined up but I need money to keep this thing going. To make a pledge is to put your money where your mouth is, leave a comment if you’re with it.
My Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/rejjie_carter