Civil Rights, Human Rights, Poems, Prejudice, Short Messages

Poem: I AM A MAN

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I see the pictures of the past

“I AM A MAN!” 

These pictures blast

What is the difference?

There isn’t one

No Civil Rights for me….

It has just begun.  

By Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez
Dedicated to ANY HUMAN who might understand.

I used African American History to make this point because groups of men have been singled out as not being “real men” throughout history. Black men are not the only ones who have been targeted for inhumanity. But they are an example of one of the most extreme forms of persecution. Denying the manhood or womanhood of an intersex person has been used to justify persecutions every bit as bad as what black men have experienced. Right up to and including castration, amputation of our body parts, and abortion. People who are being persecuted because they are being de-humanized by others must be allowed to learn from each other. Only in this way do we stop segregating and start embracing all of humanity as ONE species. #WeAreHuman!

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Added April, 18th, 2019

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A public post on my facebook page, after upsetting a few people regarding the above images I had created.  April 22nd, 2019:

I had created a post that compared the human rights violations faced by intersex men with African American men. It used the “I am a man” pictures of the past of black men holding signs proving they were real men. I have taken it down after talking calmly and rationally with a few friendly advisors I use. One of them a black chaplain minister who is a friend.

As some of you know my husband is part African American, so his family knows prejudice. Many of his ancestors even escaped to freedom with the underground railroad up into Canada. All together my family is Spanish, African American, Pawnee, Irish, French, German and Dutch. We also are of Jewish descent. On top of the homophobia, transphobia and intersex phobia, we sadly know prejudice.

However, I now know that the two movements, the intersex movement, and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement should never cross together and will never do it in the future. I now see clearly, after talking calmly with others, that these two movements need to stand alone and independent of each other. As a person who lives with much intersectionality, this is a lesson learned.

This was the note I had originally used to justify using Black History to make my point, and share it again for transparency of my good intentions: “I used African American History to make this point because groups of men have been singled out as not being “real men” throughout history. Black men are not the only ones who have been targeted for inhumanity. But they are an example of one of the most extreme forms of persecution. Denying the manhood or womanhood of an intersex person has been used to justify persecutions every bit as bad as what black men have experienced. Right up to and including castration, amputation of our body parts, and abortion. People who are being persecuted because they are being de-humanized by others must be allowed to learn from each other. Only in this way do we stop segregating and start embracing all of humanity as ONE species. #WeAreHuman!”

Again, I know now to not mix human rights movements together in the future.

PEACE to all of us and may we all be #FreeAndEqual some day.

Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez

~.V.~

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