22 y/o queer brown boy living and studying in Brighton, England.
Email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Struggles of Peoples of Color and their hostile relationship with the state is the Revolution."
- Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
if a key part of your worldview disrespects my existence and my rights I literally don’t care about a word you say
"Anti-Blackness is not simply the racist actions of a white man with a grudge nor is it only a structure of racist discrimination — anti-blackness is the paradigm that binds blackness and death together so much so that one cannot think of one without the other."
"It was clear to me that there had been no attempt to bring in folks from the Black communities in Columbus and other Ohio communities with substantial Black populations like Cleveland or Cincinnati. They did not even attempt to bring Black students off the OSU university campus.
Thus, you had this weird spectacle of hundreds of white people in a huge auditorium arguing and giving sanctimonious speeches about racism, from which most Blacks/POC were excluded. In attendance was every “alphabet soup” leftist sect you can (or can’t) think of: SWP, ISO, IWW, SL, SLP, Love and Rage and so on, under the banner of Anti-Racist Action.
At some point during the Plenary Session, to which I was hurriedly added, while an older Black woman was speaking about her experiences with racism, a white radical jumped out of the crowd, rushed up to one of the microphones and blurted out: “you shut up, we know what racism is!” This crystallized for me in instant what is wrong with such white-led “antiracist” groups and with mother country radicals generally. They have arrogantly convinced themselves because of academic study and reflection that they know what racism is, even better than the people who experience it daily. How they know that and what it is they claim to know is really an open question.
Racism is a lived experience by peoples of color, not something easily given to textbook study. To be an outcast, an object of derision and violence merely because of pigment, race, or custom is not something that most white people can grasp. White radicals may claim to understand it intellectually, but it is not the same. Yet to me the very idea that white people profess to know more about racism than peoples of color themselves is a really a peculiar type of arrogance. It is why white radicals are so disliked and distrusted in the Black community. Many times, they disrespect you, all while claiming to be allied with you or opposed-to racial chauvinism. That is unacceptable."
- Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, Who Said You Were an Anti-Racist Ally?
"In social justice, there’s this absurd meme (that I’ve been guilty of myself) is that we are the “voice for the voiceless,” but that’s not right. The oppressed are not voiceless – they’re just not being listened to."
Wooo, I like this.
Perfect quote is perfect.
Gonna print this out and stick it on my mirror. Keep that shit in check.
Or that one is “GIVING” a voice to a marginalized person. Which is very problematic as well. Having a voice is different to not being heard.
And always remember that our ‘voices’ are not always spoken word, there are many ways to communicate and they should all be respected
Annie John – Jamaica Kincaid
Annie Allen – Gwendolyn Brooks
Assata : An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
Betsey Brown – Ntozake Shange
Black Girl in Paris - Shay Youngblood
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
Bone Black - bell hooks
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Soldier
Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology – Barbara Smith
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem - Maryse Conde
Kendra – Coe Booth
Kindred – Octavia Butler
Liliane - Ntozake Shange
A Piece of Mine – J. California Cooper
Possessing the Secret of Joy - Alice Walker
Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
Soldier - June Jordan
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
The Women of Brewster Place – Gloria Naylor
Unburnable – Marie-Elena John
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name - Audre Lorde
If I look up “carrot” in the dictionary, most people will acknowledge I do not know all there is to know about carrots and if I truly want to understand carrots, I should probably pick up a horticultural text book. We know that legal and medical terms are going to be, at best, simplistically represented and know we need to find a lawyer or a doctor if we want to know more. Anyone deciding to base their argument on, say, a philosophical concept or term using the dictionary is going to be laughed at at best, or automatically lose whatever argument they’re trying to make at least.
Yet the minute we move into a social justice framework, the ultimate authority changes. We don’t need lived experience, we don’t need experts who have examined centuries of social disparities and discrimination, we don’t need societal context. We don’t need sociology or history – no, we have THE DICTIONARY! That ultimate tome of oracular insight, the last word on any debate!
It’s patently ridiculous and you can see that by applying it to any other field of knowledge. But the privileged will continually trot out simplistic, twitter-style dictionary definitions as if they are the last word and the ultimate authority. No-one would drag out the dictionary to debate science with a scientist. But they’re more than willing to trot out a dictionary definition of racism over any sociological analysis. A dictionary is not the ultimate authority - they’re a rough guide for you to discover the simple meaning of words you’ve never heard before – not an ultimate definition of what the word means and all its contexts."