My name is Auria Jordan and I am an artist. My creative outlets consist of playing multiple instruments, singing, painting, and writing poetry.
The poem I wrote entitled “Sad Today” was birthed after the death of George Floyd occurred and the protests around the globe went up in numbers.
This specific poem was my way of confronting a reality and feelings that scared me and moved me to action. Being on social media during a time where everything is filmed gets very overwhelming very quickly. I had to log off for a couple days and recenter myself because I had become so depressed. Seeing men and women that looked like me being gunned down, antagonized, and brutally murdered by the same people who are supposed to “serve and protect” makes my blood boil and my heart so sore. Writing this poem was a way of getting those feelings out the best I could.
This subject is important to me because I cannot afford to have any other stance on the matter. I was black when I was born and I’ll be black on the day that I die. Blacks have been fighting for basic human rights for over two centuries and nothing has really changed; only given another name. I want to leave the world in better shape than I entered it, so if I can do that with my art in the smallest way, it will have made living life as an artist so much worthwhile.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is my number one organization of importance at the moment. With the life expectancy of black trans people being so startlingly low, it’s important to me that they are protected; they’re always on the frontlines for everyone else but who is there for them? Especially with the month of June ending and the very concept of pride being a complete product of Black trans individuals.
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