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These spaces are where I feel most comfortable and happy

In response to pages 61-62
Author: 
Camille Clark, Retention Specialist, Office of Multicultural Affairs
“But I would watch how black people moved, how in these clubs they danced as though their bodies could do anything, and their bodies seemed as free as Malcom’s voice.  On the outside black people controlled nothing, least of all the fate of their bodies, which could be commandeered by the police; which could be erased by the guns, which were so profligate; which could be raped, beaten, jailed.  But in the clubs, under the influence of two-for-one rum and Cokes, under the spell of low lights, in thrall of hip-hop music, I felt them to be in total control of every step, every nod, every pivot.”

This quote strongly resonates with me, because these spaces are where I feel most comfortable and happy.  I have always loved to dance, but as an introvert, I often wondered why I had such an attraction to the club experience with my fellow black peers.  In this space (and only this space), dance is something different.  Dance gives me agency over my body.


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