Silence is my shield; it crushes
Silence is my cloack; it smothers
Silence is my sword; it cuts all ways
Something I found very profound about the way that Marlon Riggs designed and directed Tongues Untied is the way he incorporated poetry and made it very personal to have an effect of empathy and relay his message to his audiences. I think having music, spoken word, dance, and chants makes his message accessible in different avenues, all through the camera in which we gaze.
The most significant moment to me was the discussion of being black as well as gay—as if identity must be labeled and prioritized, as if you must select one identity or the other. Intersectionality is still an issue that remains prevalent today; when some voices grow louder, others are marginalized, another act of violence. Something we talked about today in class was 2 Live Crew, and the censorship of art and music in a black group. Although I wholeheartedly disagree with censorship, there is still something to be said about the violence against women and women of color that 2 Live Crew’s music promotes. Why is it that when one group begins to advance, they must put down another to succeed? This is an underlying question that remains when discussing intersectionality and ways to grow and promote one another, together.