Positionality/Metacognition/Rhetoric by Susan Wenzel
(Dianna Good Sky and Rosalie Fish mentioned with permission)
Who am I, I asked myself, to write about something I know nothing about? Who am I, I asked myself, to not? Who am I, Susan, euromuttwhitewoman, to align myself with Rosalie Fish, Dianna Good Sky, and more nativeamericanindigenouswomen, and their mission of equality? Rosalie’s passion is her mission. Her mission is her life. Her mission is to run for her life, for the life of her people. Her life. Their life. Not mine. Dianna’s passion is her word. Her word is her life. Her word is to tell the tale of her family, her father, their lives. Her life. Their life. Not mine. My passion is something I only learned about on a webpage, in a book, a magazine. Can it be my mission to write about it? It’s not my life. Or anyone’s I know.
I asked Rosalie, nativeamericanindigenouswoman, who am I to write about missing women, something I know nothing about.
Who are you? Who are you not, the athleteadvocateactivist
said. Thank you for your time, your effort, your interest. Quote me.
Contact me. Reference me. Ask me for more help. Ask me more questions. I will
feed your time, your effort, your interest to this movement. I asked Dianna, nativeamericanindigenouswoman,
who am I to write about missing women, something I know nothing about. Who are
you? Who are you to not, my NavyChiefsisterfriend said. You are a woman,
you are a leader, you are a caring human being. Thank you for caring. Caring
leads to learning which leads to knowledge which leads to educating… to
understanding… to forgiving… to healing… to loving… to equality.
Originally Published: February 10, 2023 in https://www.valiantscribe.com/post/positionality-metacognition-rhetoric-a-poem-by-susan-wenzel