“I am a Black woman with a pen, notepad, computer and an opinion and in this world that is a dangerous thing!”-Hannah Drake
Most anarchists believe the coming change can only come through a revolution, because the possessing class will not allow a peaceful change to take place; still we are willing to work for peace at any price, except at the price of liberty. – Lucy Parsons, orator and author once described by the Chicago Police Department as “More dangerous than a thousand rioters.”
Hannah L Drake is a blogger, activist, public speaker, poet, and author of 11 books who writes commentary on politics, feminism, and race. In 2021 Hannah’s work as an activist and poet was profiled in The New York Times, highlighting her art and the (Un)Known Project that seeks to unearth the names of Black men, women and children that were enslaved in Kentucky. Hannah’s writing has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, The Lily, The Bitter Southerner, Harper’s Bazaar and Revolt TV. Hannah was selected by the Muhammad Ali Center to be a Daughter of Greatness which features prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice. Hannah was selected as one of the Best of the Best in Louisville, Kentucky for her poem Spaces and recently was honored as a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Kentucky Governor recognizing an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to community, state, and nation. Currently, Hannah is working on the (Un)Known Project- an art project that seeks to unearth the names and stories of Black people that were enslaved in Kentucky and beyond. Hannah’s message is thought-provoking and at times challenging, but Hannah believes that it is in the uncomfortable spaces that change can take place. “My sole purpose in writing and speaking is not that I entertain you. I am trying to shake a nation.”
You want to me to change the way I write my blog because it makes you uncomfortable?
Burying your 7-year-old granddaughter shot to death by police while she slept on a couch is uncomfortable.
Having an officer toss you across a classroom like a ragdoll is uncomfortable.
Seeing your son dead in the street for over 4 hours is uncomfortable.
Having a police officer wrestle you to the ground in an illegal chokehold while you whisper, “I can’t breathe” until you die is uncomfortable.
Being told your fiancé has been shot and killed by the police the morning of your wedding is uncomfortable.
Your son going out for Skittles and tea and never coming home again is uncomfortable.
Being raped by White men and the justice system does nothing because you are a Black woman is uncomfortable.
Walking miles to work because you are fighting for the right to sit up front on a bus is uncomfortable.
Getting a phone call that your daughter who was on her way to a new journey in her life is dead on a jailhouse floor is uncomfortable.
Being told that your son was murdered in jail because he was placed in a shower with water as hot as 180 degrees, is uncomfortable.
Being nervous every single time you get in your car to drive because you are Black is uncomfortable.
Existing in a world where your skin is your sentence, is uncomfortable.
Black people dwell in the realm of being uncomfortable every single day.
So, if you are coming to this blog and expecting to cuddle up with a steamy cup of hot cocoa and “Please-give-me-a-reward-for-doing-the-right-thing” cookies, I don’t bake so I suggest you stop right here.
However, if you come to this blog with the knowledge and understanding that you will be challenged to think and then act differently when it comes to race relations in this nation, you are in the right location. Am I infallible? No. Will I write things where I may have gotten something wrong? Possibly. Am I open to criticism? Indeed. Will we have intriguing conversations that challenge both of us? I hope so! I do not know what the future holds for Write Some Shit, but I promise to speak my truth, unfiltered and unapologetically. It may not feel good, but I believe it is good for the betterment of us and for this country.
With Love & Revolution,
Hannah L. Drake