LAST DAY TO HELP AN ADOPTEE ARTIST

Chad Goller-Sojourner, a Seattle-based writer, solo-performer and transracial adoptee, has launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign for his sophomore solo-performance “Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness.” Riding in Cars… is the groundbreaking and crushingly honest story of what happens when a black boy, raised by white parents “ages out” of honorary white and suburban privilege and into a world where folklore, statistics and conjecture deem him dangerous until proven otherwise. Of course this show is about a lot more than what happens when white parents ship their black kids off to college in ill-fitted automobiles. At times funny, biting, and somber,Riding in Cars with Black People unpacks race, privilege, and identity formation like only a transracial adoptee can.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/249182?show_todos=true&a=1351934

Excerpts from Riding in Cars:

“What I remember most about that first stop was that he asked “Where are you headed.”Not “license, registration and proof of insurance, please” but “Where are you headed.”Eighteen years, nine months, sixteen days and one thousand seconds of riding around in cars with nothing but white folks and not once had an officer expressed interest in where I was headed.”

“While I did not know it at the time, growing up one of the benefits of my honorary white and suburban privilege was the ability to gather, congregate and move aimlessly through public spaces without attention or purpose… Perhaps that’s why for years after leaving home I carried an old family picture, tucked it directly behind my driver’s license, where the latter went the former followed, sometimes whispering, and sometimes shouting “I am not the Black Man you think I am. Now please let me pass without delay or further hindrance.”

Artist’s Bio:

Chad Goller-Sojourner is a Seattle-based writer, solo-performer and recipient of a distinguished Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship. His work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and featured on NPR. Most recently he was awarded a 2011 Artist Trust/Centrum Creative Artist Residency to develop his sophomore solo show: Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness. In 2009 he launched a national three-year college tour of his award-winninginaugural solo show: Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy, which debuted July 2008.

Comments

  1. Hi, Chad–> Intense….and so true.
    All the best to you now and in the future,
    Wilma

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