The issue of narrative development is especially important because Black migrants have been erased from every movement from the Black movement and also from the migrant justice movement. Stories of Black migrants, and the intersection of trans and queer liberation within that, are stories that haven’t been heard. They’ve been told, but they haven’t been heard. A huge part of the work that we do is actually collecting the stories of folks who have experienced migration firsthand.
Talking about our migration journeys comes with all sorts of hardship and risks, especially when talking about undocumented folks. Usually, when a government is shaping the narrative around migration, they’re talking about white safety. They’re talking about how to keep white communities safe from terrorists. We’re working to shift that narrative by telling our stories and humanizing Black migration, specifically Black LGBTQIA+ migrants, and centering us in the issue of migration and talking about our safety.
One way is through know your rights trainings and shifting the way we look at know your rights trainings, so the broader community knows how to respond to ICE when they knock on the door. As a black migrant
Person, it’s not just up to me to know my rights about what to do. It’s up to my partner to know what to do, because often times it’s a family member that’s scared when ICE comes knocking.
We’ve reached a point and a level at which our communities are being targeted at the intersection of our identities, so telling stories is imperative to being able to shift culture and the conditions which impact our day to day. It’s determined by our stories being amplified. The more that the system is able to invisibilize attacks against our communities, the more swept under the rug those attacks will be.