A new piece by Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, author of The Easy Body, titled "A People’s History of Trash: On Rejecting Anti-Blackness In the Most Racist City You’ve Ever Lived In" is now up on SFMOMA’s Open Space.
Here's an excerpt:
Perhaps you know what I affectionately refer to as trash as the precariat: that portmanteau of “precarious” and “proletariat.” Or as the lumpen, the disregarded (ahem!) class whose potential was overlooked by earlier revolutions, but recognized by the Young Lords and the Black Panthers. In short: trash is a political position of abject disenfranchisement, who’s not here to make the neoliberal phoenix look good. To be trash is to not be pandered to, or courted.
The mythical White Working Class is not trash. To be trash is to be forgotten, disposed of, razed, evicted, poisoned, gaslit. Policed. It is to be detained, incarcerated, deported, murdered. We are living in a now spectacular trash fire, surrounded by ourselves being burned at the stake. I say “spectacular,” because while yes, this fire is eternal, it only seems recent that others have taken notice and watched our destruction.
What makes trash so dangerous is that it has absolutely nothing to lose.
Read the rest of the essay here.