BMA, the Beat, China Martens, and Jen White-Johnson Present ‘The Future Generation’ On Saturday

Credit: Jennifer White-Johnson

Most of the journalism I do at this point in my career is very personal and more than a little selfish. It specifically benefits me if we as a society get better on issues of race and I’m not shy about saying that. That’s because of my family: I have one stepson, who just turned 20, and two other children, who are nine and eleven. I know that there is all manner of evil that they will run into in this world because of the color of their skin.

I want to protect them as much as possible.

I know that when a black person is shot by a police officer, that could be them. I know that when someone’s child is mischaracterized by the media, that could be my child. I know every grieving mother forced to be strong in front of cameras could one day be me.

Mothering requires so much of you. It is physical. I physically grew these people in my body and am forever changed because of it. I have physically carried warm sleeping bodies to bed, and dragged them screaming from restaurants.

It is mental. You worry about your babies. You cry when they hurt your feelings and when you hurt theirs. This is the knowledge I bring with me every time I sit down to write.

Motherhood is also invisible, even to the people who love you the most. Even the physical side of this labor is invisible. Clothes don’t get folded magically by themselves—often, it’s the people who mother who do that. The same with bathroom floors that must be cleaned, kitchen counters that must be wiped off, stains that must be scrubbed out. Its invisible and because it’s also unpaid labor, it’s largely unvalued.

All of this is why this Saturday’s Open Hours event that I’m doing with writer China Martens and artist Jen White-Johnson is so important to me. We will be talking about the ways our crafts influence our mothering and the ways our mothering influences our crafts. We will also be creating zines to help attendees connect with what motherhood means for them, and to illustrate that.

Martens is a single mom to an adult daughter. For decades she’s been using her writing to discuss the ways in which mothers can sometimes be ignored and pushed to the sidelines.

“I made my first zine — “The Future Generation” in 1990 because I was a mother. I need to network with others, to create what I couldn’t find,” Martens told me. “It made people laugh to hear I was a mother and a punk, a mother and a zinester. How could this be”

Martens says that the event is for all different kinds of mothers.

“Especially low-income mothers, single mothers, mothers with disabilities, indigenous mothers, mothers of color, queer, incarcrated, and other marginalized mothers,” she said. “I think this is the best way for us to make a better world, right now, and tomorrow.”

White-Johnson is a gifted artist and mother to Knox, her 6-year old, autistic son. In October of 2018, she published “KnoxRox,” a photo-zine about her life with her little boy.

“This event is important because my goal for KnoxRox is to give visibility to children of color in the autism community. We mostly see the same type of autistic kid depicted in the media—a kid who lacks empathy and doesn’t have a soul because of their non speaking disabilities,” she told me. “As a mother and artist I believe in the power of our differences and I love how art can be a uniting force for how Knox and I express those differences.”

The Open Hours event is May 18 from 1-4 p.m. Learn more here.

  1. Hi I am so glad I found your website, I really found you by error, while I was looking on Digg for something else, Nonetheless I
    am here now and would just like to say thank you for a incredible post and a
    all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have
    time to read through it all at the minute but I have saved it and also included your RSS
    feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the awesome job.

  2. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme
    in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable info to work on. You’ve
    done a formidable job and our entire community
    will be grateful to you.

  3. Can I just say what a relief to discover somebody who really knows what they’re discussing over the internet.
    You actually know how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More people have to look at this and understand this side of the story.
    I was surprised you aren’t more popular since you definitely have the gift.

  4. This blog is definitely interesting and also diverting. I have chosen a lot of useful things out of this source. I ad love to come back again soon. Thanks a bunch!

  5. You ave received representatives from everywhere in the state right here in San Antonio; so it only generated feeling to drag everybody with each other and start working, he reported.

  6. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I ave joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks!

  7. It as not acceptable just to go up with a good point these days. You need to put serious work in to plan the idea properly as well as making certain all of the plan is understood.

  8. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this blog.

    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s very difficult to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability
    and appearance. I must say you have done a awesome job
    with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely quick for me on Firefox.

    Excellent Blog!

  9. Im no professional, but I believe you just crafted the best point. You clearly comprehend what youre talking about, and I can actually get behind that. Thanks for staying so upfront and so sincere.

  10. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I ave truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I all be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  11. Where I come from we don at get much of this sort of writing. Got to look around all over the internet for such relevant pieces. I congratulate your effort. Keep it up!

  12. Thanks for helping out, great information. аЂа‹аЂ The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence.аЂ аЂа› by Bruce Barton.

  13. I simply want to tell you that I am just very new to blogging and actually liked your web blog. More than likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog post . You amazingly have superb article content. Bless you for revealing your blog.

  14. I just want to mention I am just beginner to blogging and certainly loved your web page. Almost certainly I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You really have beneficial stories. Thanks for revealing your website.

  15. What as Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & help other users like its helped me. Good job.

  16. Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Excellent. I am also a specialist in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  17. Wow, amazing blog structure! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The whole look of your web site is excellent, as well as the content!

  18. It is hard to uncover knowledgeable individuals with this topic, nonetheless you look like there as extra that you are referring to! Thanks

  19. I’а†ll immediately snatch your rss feed as I can not to find your email subscription link or newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly permit me recognise so that I may subscribe. Thanks.

  20. I truly enjoy looking through on this web site, it has got superb posts. аЂа‹One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.аЂа› by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

  21. I think this is among the most significant info for me. And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The website style is perfect, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  22. It as nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people in this particular topic, however, you seem like you know what you are talking about! Thanks

  23. You have remarked very interesting details ! ps decent site. I didn at attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it. by Mark Twain.

  24. Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.” by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

  25. Great work! This is the type of information that should be shared across the web. Shame on the search engines for now not positioning this post higher! Come on over and discuss with my site . Thank you =)

  26. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. cheers

  27. Greets! I was admiring your website for the first time this morning and wanted to tell you it was very cool. I wanted to share my site too. You can learn about past life regression there. Check it out if you’re interested. Thanks!!

  28. obviously like your web-site however you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very troublesome to tell the reality on the other hand I’ll definitely come again again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.