Meet: Britt Otter.
Our conversation with Britt Otter.
When your hear the word Racism. What are your immediate thoughts?
B: I think of violence. I think of fear. I think of oppression. I think of isolation. I think of separation, I think of policy. From “Jim Crowe” to current financial lending policies, criminalization of homelessness, there’s so many things, a floodgate.
I also think of Racism in the context of other identities, so what does Racism look like for a man or woman of any color? or those of color that have disabilities?
What can you tell me about your family?
B: My family, we’re from the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle area. I was actually adopted by my step father, I did not know my father very well, and all the people I would consider family are not blood related to me. They are just people who love me for who I am. From 0 to 6 years of age I lived in a foster home with my mom and about 10 other foster children and that was probably the first time I had to learn about race, I began to notice that my dolls looked like me and but they didn’t look like my foster sisters. I’ve had a lot of different family experiences so family is hard for me to confine. I have my step-father, my mother, a brother, and half sister. We are all close but we are very very different.
Worst day of your life?
B: I know myself well enough to know it is any of the days I have extremely disappointed anyone. I can be very hard on myself for example, I forgot something we needed for this event tonight and it is tearing me up inside. It’s important to show up for people, to be consistent, to be a rock. It’s really hard to answer that question on the spot. That’s why you asked this question.
Tell me about the best day of your life?
B: It’s hard for me to find the best day, there’s been a lot of good days. When I make people happy or when the people around me are stable and I feel part of a bigger community.
My best day would have to be when I was college, I was a part of an organization that founded a disability outreach center on campus, a place where people could come no matter what kind of disability you had. You could come and not feel like you had to explain yourself, you didn’t have to ask for accommodations, it was just there for you, set ready to go and people who understood were there waiting for you. That was a happy day.
Britt Otter has an Etsy shop where she provides knitting kits comprised of sustainable yarn for individuals interested in learning how to knit.