Kristin Richardson Jordan


Sint Maarten Ancestry

This is a picture of me was taken four years ago by the salt pond in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten where my family is from.

My Ancestors

By Kristin Richardson Jordan

I dig for those in my family tree

Closeted histories tucked away in the leaves

Pain’s buried then deep with longings to forget

And attempts to protect the children

So now in this generation

I dig through these leaves

Fishing for remnants and missing memories

Stories about how my people survived

For there is great strength here tucked inside my family tree

Everyday Creative People

@Dena Adriance thank you so much for the opportunity to be a guest on your podcast show “Everyday Creative People”!

July 4th

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham.” – Frederick Douglass


It’s here queers


pay attention to this – voting rights

Re the Supreme Court’s decision on #Gerrymandering this is a tactic used to suppress Black and Brown votes. This is *not* what democracy looks like….sharing and sharing in the sentiments of this statement by the National Action Network

Caban campaign night!

Tiffany Caban is Queens DA!!!

I mean COME ON a public defender for DA?!?!? that is so freaking cool!!#blackandbrownunity #CabanForQueens #PeoplePowered #ResistIce #puplicdefender

Trucking out to Queens from Harlem for this was ABSOLUTELY worth it. #teamcaban #localpolitics #knowyourcandidates

*BECAUSE* and here is the beauty of it * THIS is how change happens. These are the movements that pave the way, these are the movements that show us what is possible. In the face of adversity racism unfettered capitalism mass incarceration and white supremacy these are the people and campaigns that keep us sane, human, and humane, as they remind us what our destiny is.

There is one human family and we will come to realize that. Systems of brutality of mass incarceration of vilification and degradation, like those challenged by Caban in this campaign will fail and fall.

We will have new leadership on national and local levels. We will have new ways of being in the world and of living in community with one another. We will have diversity and symbolic and substantive representation. It can and will happen.

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair”

– Shirley Chisholm

Caban for queens

campaigns like this show us what is possible – vote today.

support caban

Hi fam,

This is my y’all-better-be-out-there-for-the-struggle-tomorrow face.

Seriously, I urge every voter in queens to go to the polls and vote for @cabanforqueens!


1. she is queer, Latina, and a former public defender. That’s right, a public defender, not a prosecutor!

2. she knows the “justice” system is misnamed and needs to change. She believes we should not prosecute “crimes of poverty” like subway fare evasion, recreational drug use or loitering.

3. She wants to end cash bail seek shorter sentences for felonies and close more jails.

#blackandbrownunity #CabanForQueens #PeoplePowered #ResistIce #puplicdefender #TeamCaban

the future is black and female

A clip of me performing “ugly” – one of my first performance pieces from my first book Mules Fight Back.

#artpolitics #thefutureisblackandfemale

There are times when it feels like white supremacy is on the rise but art and activism will change the world. #blackisbeautiful #blackisbeautifulateveryshade

Story and poem text in full:


One day riding the subway I saw a woman putting lotion on a little girl sitting next to her. The little girl looked like the woman so I assume they were mother and daughter. The girl was about 5, very petite, dark skinned, and waring a red and black dress. The mother looked about 35 and started off lotioning the little girls legs which dangled off the side of the subway seat (they did not reach the floor). The mother then did her daughters arms and lastly her face ending with a dab of lotion on the little girls lips. I might have thought the whole thing innocent enough, perhaps even sweet, if not for the forceful strokes with which this mother applied the lotion to her daughter. The way she muttered at a scar on the child’s knee. And…the fact that she called this beautiful little girl “ugly”. She ended by palming the little girls hair and mumbling something about it being “too nappy”.


This poem is my response…


by Kristin Richardson Jordan

Ugly comes in bulk so all buyers beware

you can buy it on the corner

you can spray it in your hair

you can dress it up real fancy

but in the end it will be shit

for this “beauty” is real ugly

and for truth

we’ll have to flip it

For ugly is not your daughter’s lips

or “ashy” face

not nappy hairs, lived in skin and scrapes from play

ugly is everything from this society that has to be erased

ugly are these boxes and these hurtful things we say

For far from 5 year old black girls with slightly light knees

ugly is the epitome of beauty wrapped up in white supremacy’s needs

for ugly is that air brushed beauty queen

that flawless skin that hot comb

ugly is our comfort with simulated simularity

over letting difference roam

ugly is our love of certain looks

and our love of looks over care

and ugly is looking at your child

and seeing only ugliness there

(c) Kristin Richardson Jordan]

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