About Me


About Me
Hello my name is Rachelle Berry and I am an educator; that is what I have chosen to do with my life. I don't like to admit this, but I am a Black nerd. I have always loved to read, and I never got out of the why phase most toddlers grow out of. Not only do I soak up knowledge like a sponge, I am empathetic and have a strong sense of justice. This led me to pursuing a dual degree in Sociology and Gender, Ethnic, Multicultural Studies over Business. Today I study Black thought & Geographies in Athens, GA (more here). For the last ten or so years I have been obsessed with Racial Justice (RJ) and Abolition. This website is a way to share what I have learned with all of you because Abolition is for Everyone!!!

This websites hosts 2 blogs one blog--WTF is That--features quick definitions of racial justice vocabulary and the other--Musings of a BGQ--has longer form writings I've done on topics like race, gender, sexuality, disability, and whatever else I have been thinking/obsessed with.

I also am a Community Geographer for Athen's Linnentown project. As the project progresses you will see the maps made for that and other projects I am or have been a part of on the Community Mapping page. I can make maps for you too, your campaign, business, or non-profit. I write and read poetry and speak at events. I also am beginning to conduct racial justice trainings and workshops (what we used to call sensitivity or diversity trainings), and do consulting for businesses and non-profits that want to become more equitable. Email me Blacqueerfemme@gmail.com if you would like to participate in a 6 week RJ workshop.


My Politics


Racial capitalism is at the center of the work I do as an academic, organizer, and freedom dreamer working towards the path of decolonization and abolition. I believe we must work on multiple fronts to make racial justice a reality. I educate, organize, and fellowship in order to democratize the knowledge I hold from 28 years of blacqueerfemme life, ten years of education, and a few years of campus and community organizing. I am increasingly uncomfortable with how we are just expected to understand race, racism, racial justice, racial capitalism, and imperialist white supremacist heteropatriarchy by observation and osmosis. My goal is to democratize this knowledge for educators, students, organizers, and community groups.

(Check out the WTF Is that page if you are like huh?)

Additionally, I do community organizing and non-profit work within Athens for Everyone, the United Campus Workers of GA, and the Coalition for Recognition and Redress. These organizations work together to create a space to educate and develop community members looking to become involved in leftist organizing/organizations working to out snuff racism in our city. Our mission is to create racial, social, and economic justice in the city of Athens supporting community of color-based organizations with research, material, and logistical support while supporting progressive policies and political candidates. To spread the building blocks of racial justice even further, I provide educational workshops and non-profit consultation to classrooms and community groups on race, white supremacy, and racial equity.

Finally, I am a creative writer of short stories and poetry and I'm always looking for an invite to the next spoken word event or someone to collaborate with.

You can contact me at blacqueerfemme@gmail.com if you would like to book me for a speaking event or consultation. You can find my commentary on everything under the sun on my fb page Abolition is for Everyone or my twitter @burnedsapphire.
My Politics

WTF is that!!!


WTF is Racial Capitalism!!!
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WTF is Racial Capitalism!!!

Let me explain what I mean by racial capitalism.

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WTF is Racism
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WTF is Racism

What do I mean when I say racism?

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WTF are Pronouns
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WTF are Pronouns

Why do they use they in the singular?

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WTF is Decolonization
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WTF is Decolonization

What does it mean to decolonize?

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WTF is Abolition
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WTF is Abolition

What is Abolition?

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Writing


Academic Work


Academic Work
As a doctoral student at the University of Georgia, my work focuses on white supremacist landscapes and how they produce the displacement of Black geographies. My work asks:

How are white supremacist landscapes and Black geographies co-produced?

Within this forgotten history lies the stories of Black displacement and the rich lives of 20th century Black communities. As a community geographer it is important that my work be co-produced with the community. Moreover, my activism is heavily tied into my academic work and structures all of my academic pursuits. Additionally I have done a considerable amount of work on cities, housing finance, urban planning, environmental justice and racism as a Master's student at Syracuse University.

Community Work


Community Mapping

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Community Organizing

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Racial Justice Talks & Workshops


Contact


  • Athens, GA, USA