The Unheard Voices and the Unseen Struggle

My Dearest Readers,

One year ago today, my first book Kingdom of the Sun, was published. I am so blessed to have been through an experience that was both a struggle and a joy. The goal and dream that I had in this endeavor was to give a voice to words and ideas that have been unsaid and to illuminate the struggles that are hidden and unseen.

I published Kingdom of the Sun on Columbus Day of last year simply because of what the “holiday” represents. In response to the falsification and propagandic use of history, I published my novella on Columbus Day as a way to represent its purpose of being a light for truth, inspiration, and hope for change. I wanted the book to illuminate the impact of a history that was edited, to represent the effect of colonialism, and to signify a nation and race of people that were silenced. I wanted my work to display how no matter where we are in time or history, there will always be an obstacle in the world and in our own lives that must be overcome. And yet, no matter how hard or unfair the battle may be, there is always hope for victory.

A year later, I still harbor the hope, faith, and drive that the words written in Kingdom of the Sun and on this blog will touch you and push you to make a change that you may have always wanted or say the words that have been bottled up inside you. I am no stranger to invisibility and forced silence. Even now, it still hurts me to think back to it. But even now, I am still reminded of the strength it gave me to become who I am and want to be. And the only thing I want for someone in the same situation is to break free. Become unhidden and become unsilenced.

We must not become like those in the past whose voices have been silenced and whose history have been distorted and edited. We must let our voices rise above the ones that try to mute it and our actions be braver and more holy than those who are not. We must be and make the change that is so needed in this world— changes so powerful that they will light the future for other generations and bring illumination and freedom to the voices and history of the past.

Peace and Love,

Ariffa

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Posted on October 13, 2014, in About Me, Kingdom of the Sun, Life and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Our voices!!
    They really ought to be heard but the question is “how”?’
    I like this post.As I’m the one type who keeps going because they say ‘hardwork really pays off’.
    I will always say hardwork really pays off.

  2. I notice that you tagged this “Native American”. Does your book relate to this culture? Just wondering. 🙂

    • Hi there! My book relates to Native American culture in the sense of it being a story that signifies what this culture and people have gone through and is currently dealing with: a hidden history, a distorted history, the effect of colonialism, and more. I should have added a tag for my background as well: “Caribbean Culture.”

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  3. what a brave and powerful message x thank you for using your voice x blessings xxx

  4. Thank you for stopping by mine~! I’m very grateful for your visit~ What a strong person you are 🙂

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