The Revolution Will Not Be Theorised

There will be no pictures of you and smiling African children
In the village where you did a semester abroad
As a global citizen.
No cutting-edge electronic journals will be created
To recycle the same ethno-centric ideas
The revolution will not be PDFed.

There will be no videos of you offering back-handed compliments
About how surprisingly well-read the sister from the Caribbean is
There will be no videos of you offering back-handed compliments
About how surprisingly smart the sister from the Caribbean is
There will be no blog post about post modernism vs. post structuralism
Or post-humanism or post-anythingism
For the isms and schisms would have seen their final day.
The revolution will not be digitized

There will be no conference reports
And promises to stay in touch via open source electronic platforms
No email messages clarifying if Fanon is a dancehall artist
No lazy invocations of intersectionality
And positionality at the centre of the universe
The revolution will not be digitized

The revolution will not take a break for coffee (fair trade, of course)
Dirty paper cups left on the table for some Other woman to clean
The revolution will not feature a seizure-inducing Prezi
No one will complain about the indignity of going from Mac to PC
Or mistake themselves for every other living being on the planet
The real feminist will not stand up
And pat herself or himself or hirself on the back
The revolution will remove the mic from your hand and the ground from your feet.

The revolution will not be theorised, the revolution will not be problematised
The revolution will not be workshopped, will not be workgrouped
The revolution will be no conference, sister, brother, Man.2
The revolution will be…?

© Tonya Haynes, 2011

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