Bonus Episode 001: positionality
After the debut of Platemark, the most pressing listener questions had to do with the positionality statement. That’s where Shafer and Levy introduce themselves by clarifying their gender, sexuality, and race (Shafer: cis-het white woman, pronouns used are she/her; Levy: cis-het white man, pronouns used are he/him). This bonus episode tackles the issue of positionality as well as the land acknowledgments (Shafer: Baltimore is on the land of the Piscataway Conoy people; Levy: Cleveland is on the ancestral land of the Erie people). There is a lot to unpack and it is uncomfortable. But that is the point.
Your questions are welcome. Leave them in the comments below.
Platemark series one
Co-hosts: Ann Shafer and Ben Levy
Producer: Ann Shafer
Theme music: Michael Diamond
7/16/2021 07:39:49 am
Thank you both for this explanation. I was first exposed to this (gender identity / ancestral home) when I gave a Zoom presentation for the Monotype Guild of New England this past year. It hasn't really caught on yet in Peoria, IL where I now live. I remember also feeling awkward yet thinking what a great idea! I do however refuse to answer the race question on most applications or forms. I feel strongly that the only way to stop racism is to eliminate race. Who decided to divide the human race into White, Black, Brown, Red and Yellow??? Why not ten colors or two hundred? In the summer, my skin is darker than many of my African American friends. Native Americans are not Red, Orientals are not Yellow. Caucasians come in many shades but are never White. And what race are Indians from India if their skin color is very dark? All this being said, I do acknowledge that I have benefited unfairly by being a white, heterosexual woman and I do totally support Black Lives Matter.
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