Mules Fight Back by Kristin Richardson Jordan is a poetic response to the famous Zora Neale Hurston reference that the Black Woman is the “mule of the world”. Raising questions like, “What happens after breathing becomes a privilege?” and making statements like, “America is the abusive mother I never should have had” this collection of poems and stories depicts Kristin’s own personal and political journeys (which are still in progress) and covers a variety of important topics including but not limited to the activism of occupy and black lives matter movements, sexuality, family heritage, nationality, body image, history and current events all through the lens of Black womanhood.
This book was launched at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem, NY on April 29th 2016.
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Funny, Dear Teacher, and Mules Fight Back are still singing in my head.
If you care about human rights, love powerful poetry, and want to experience the musings of writer with her hand on the pulse of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, go out and grab yourself a copy. Below is an excerpt.Mules Fight Back by Kristin Richardson JordanI’ve heard the Black woman’s “lazy”
the Black woman’s “mean”
just this crazy “Emasculator” or a “baby machine”
A “hooch mama” or a gluttonous mess
My body is nonsexual, oversexed or “sassy” at best
And I’ve also been called stupid, emotional, unclean
I’ve even been judged
by those who call me their “queen”
then worked like a beast
but am stuck outside America’s dream…
Kristin performing her signature poem “Mules Fight Back” page 95
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