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Face-to-Face

Spoken Word Written by Pagona Nitsa Duda

A look in the mirror,


A glance of the skin,
A resemblance of predecessors taken aback against the wind.

The wrinkle around this eye,


As tears run down my face,
Is a story of Many,
Caught between broken promises
Also, driven by Many.

A gust of anger flushes through my veins


Pumped by the blood of contrived misfortune and distraught vain.
In past and current dimensions where equality is not acquired,
I point to the mirror and connect power with desire.

Oh how I wish this wrinkle would fade.


No. How I wish the jagged line would dissipate.
The ruthless depiction of pain disheartens this face.
Caused by powerful succession and unmoral progression of…
One race.

This is a consequence of race.

Face-to-Face I speak of race.


A social construction.
Where now I am an actor of one questioning the historical account of race.
Only from stories of generations past
Did I evoke a sense of bewilderment,
Where a land once lived freely
Was taken upon by a Mass
Who greeted people with disguised power,
When the Mass themselves could also be classified as “other.”
Why?

Native citizens ordered to move around and away from land called home,
From a moment in time
Race was driven by desire.

But, in this dimension a struggle is present.


The social construction of race is still present.
Misrepresentation is still present.
Violence is still present.
Inequality is still present.
Why?

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Face-to-Face
Spoken Word Written by Pagona Nitsa Duda

A reflection upon oppression ignites a fire from within,


To keep on pushing amidst my desire to fit in
Yet, I recognize alienation of race.
Simply against the physical traits, ancestry, and cultural background that goes beyond this face.

Hopeful to see light of freedom in form of social justice,


Still being fought for.
Accompanied by resilience
On a land driven by new dreams of peace and equality,
On a land where Many ancestors customized action
Through impulse and motivation.
To vanish any and all force of domination;
To become agents of their own liberation.

Eyes closed and head raised


I look to the mirror with anticipation.
But instead
Face-to-face I may see myself as one.
Face-to-face I am Many.
Aren’t we all?
At the end of each day we are one.
It’s called the human race.
Face-to-Face do you see me for who I am
Or do we need to continue to talk about the grievance of racism, oppression, and racialization.

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Face-to-Face
Spoken Word Written by Pagona Nitsa Duda

Analysis Presentation on the Spoken Word Piece, “Face to Face”

This spoken word piece describes race and racism from a symbolic interactionist and conflict
theorist perspective. “Face to Face” expresses the consequence of racism and oppression. The
piece emphasizes race as a social construction to demonstrate human behavior as a product of
culture and history. The sense of self develops from social forces that influence how people
think, act, and speak. These are human behaviors shared, taught, and learned through social
interactions. In order to mute the outside voices, I created a storyline and conversation between a
person and themselves to extend the nature of race and racism through the concept of the white
racial frame. The emotion and interpretation of words highlight stereotypes and racist ideology.
The real consequence of race is that individuals and groups promote self-interest through the
power of a racial and social hierarchy. The piece reflects and interplays with paradigms of
agency and social change towards the end to acknowledge how conflict is persistent throughout
time and is reinforced in daily norms, such as rules and ideologies. The concepts regard
exchanges of past memory and historical conflict that are part of an ever changing society. In
order to understand the present, we must understand the past.