I’m in New York City for a few days after a 5 day training I just completed. When I left Detroit, my head was spinning. I had a number of exciting things happen in the space of about a week and all were coming to a head when I landed at Baltimore International Airport last Wednesday.
For starters, there was this co-written blog post from myself and a group of my Jewish Detroiter peers.
Then, there was this little non-gem, written for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, full of errors and assumptions.
And this story written by Oren and myself for the Detroit Jewish News, introducing the column we’re going to be running entitled “One City, Many Voices.”
Lastly, Oren and I spoke about how we are/are not defining Detroit on behalf of our co-contributors for the Craig Fahle show.
I have much to say about all of this. I think, most importantly, I want to say that taking control of your own narrative feels good, important, imperative even. I realize it’s a privilege that myself and my peers have a media outlet– but it also makes me think hopefully about the work of Detroit Future Cities– imagining a future where access to media is a human right.
It also reinforced for me that while I struggle with what it means to have (and to want to have) a voice, I feel reinforced by my conviction that our goal should be to bring everything we have to the table–with integrity and mindfulness.
I was frustrated by the JTA piece, as it hit upon some common assumptions (calling the urban agriculture scene “burgeoning” and referring to my move to Detroit as part of a “startlingly significant migration of young adult jews.”) While these incomplete and inaccurate statements frustrate me, I felt much better knowing that my own community’s narrative was being communicated that very same day.