BLACK IN BERLIN #4 The Politics of Community
Our interpersonal relationships are defined by many factors: language and the spaces we inhabit are two of the greatest. How do the communities we inhabit and the ones we build shape who you are? Is it important to have physical communities of people that look like you?
In the May salon, we’ll discuss collective work, who gets to be included in the discourse on race relations and why it matters. And we’ll finally get around to that gentrification conversation!
Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore, Berlin Warschauerstrasse 74, 10243 Berlin, Germany 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Due to the limited space, capacity is limited to 50.
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you wish to join the conversation.
In 2012, Soul Sister, Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor began the salon series ‘Black in Berlin’ as a reaction to the appropriation of Afropean culture by the German, English-language mainstream media.
The experience of being Black in Berlin can oftentimes be polarizing. The lingering effects of African colonization that are ever present in the city mixed with the inherent alienation of “representing” the other creates a complex day to day existence. This paradox does not have to be internalized. The Black in Berlin Salon is an opportunity to dialogue issues, foster community and generate conversation with the willing to listen. The salon encourages people of all races and backgrounds to participate in the discussion. Each participant is given time and space ask questions, voice frustrations, tell stories and commiserate in the hopes that by engaging in a dialogue we can help alleviate the very real stresses that come with the trauma of existing in marginalized communities. Each session of the Black in Berlin Salon operates loosely around a different theme.
The Black in Berlin salon doesn’t focus on a singular oppressive institution like racism but will take an intersectional stance to see how the oppressive institutions of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism are interconnected.
The title Black in Berlin is a reference to the double entendre of the German word schwarz, often used to describe something negative zum beispiel: schwarzfahren. The Black in the title refers to black and brown people and all people of color who have felt on the outside in Berlin.