Who Really Has Your Back? Queerness and the Black Community: Background information when reading Nobody's Magic

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Nobody's Magic

by Destiny O. Birdsong

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Who Really Has Your Back? Queerness and the Black Community

This article relates to Nobody's Magic

In Nobody's Magic, a novel about three different black women with albinism who are on journeys of self-discovery, the social circles readers become privy to serve to normalize some of the characters' queerness. There are multiple queer moments throughout the novel; in Suzette's story, a character named Drina struggles with telling Suzette that she's gay. When Suzette asks Drina why she didn't tell her earlier, Drina simply replies, "I didn't really think you wanted to know." Drina never expounds on this reasoning nor is she expected to. But as a black, queer woman having grown up in the south, I could project my own experience onto the question of why. Living within my black community compounded fears of being honest. I believe that fear was due to some of the black hostility I experienced, whether towards me or others, regarding queerness. I witnessed this hostility in entertainment, and I saw the very real consequences of that entertainment manifest in how some people in my community...

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