When art imitates life, it’s invigorating for the artist, but when life imitates art it can be a little unnerving. Especially when that art speaks of current events like corporations being people, the digital centralization of currency on devices, the hatefulness in immigration reform proposals, redefining social security, the debate on same sex marriage, the difficulty in coming out with family and at work, DOMA, and the continuing, and frankly dangerous, resurgence of white supremacy groups like the KKK that today wear suits more than white hoods.
I read a book recently that so graphically brought these issues to a realistic light. Passage Home, a novel by Author and Film Maker Teresa Dowell-Vest, speaks to all of these issues. It’s a (not so) futuristic novel about a time in America when it killed currency as we know it, demolished social security, closed it borders to anyone who could not prove citizenship and sent African Americans back to Africa in a mission to destroy families and an entire population of brown people. It removed the one droppers from our society.
I read the book and sat with it’s plot as I looked at current events and realized that this entire fictional novel could be a reality. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I do believe that we don’t know all there is to be known about the inner workings of our government and it’s cozy, co-dependent relationship with commercialism and corporations. I had my thoughts about what it would look like for me, a white, lesbian woman in an inter-racial relationship, three adult bi-racial children and four grandchildren. I have a vested interest in the progression of equality in a post racial and progressively tolerant semi-post homophobic society. Where would I even fall in all of this. Frankly, the reality scared me.
Thank you to Dr. Annise Mabry of Back2Us Radio and Michelle Alexander of A Gurlz Guide for giving me the opportunity to talk about my novel "Passage Home"! To listen to my interview with Michelle Alexander, get comfortable and click the link below! Enjoy...and THANK YOU!!!