“The angers between women will not kill us if we can articulate them with precision, if we listen to the content of what is said with at least as much intensity as we defend ourselves against the manner of saying. When we turn from anger we turn from insight, saying we will accept only the designs already known, deadly and safely familiar.” Audre Lorde’s “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”, is the essay I’ve been coming back to again and again this year. I was thinking about it on International Women’s Day, and about how much I, and many other white feminists, still have to learn about anger and its uses.
“We’re waiting for action. I’ll sit out here for as long as it takes for something to happen – something positive. Something more than fake promises and words.” Camped out for justice: reporting from Briarpatch on the activists creating camps to raise awareness around the lack of justice for Indigenous youth.
As someone who has directly experienced this and witnessed at least three other WOC experience this in institutions in the past 5 months alone, I feel shaken and validated by this graphic. Thank you @COCoQC for this vital work.
Also “exits” for WOC often = fired/let go. pic.twitter.com/o4z9JHOa8m
— VIVEK SHRAYA 🆚 (@vivekshraya) March 10, 2018
“King’s work had been titanic, but white supremacy proved even more so. It also proved flexible—able to accommodate changes in public opinion, the erasure of segregation from the law, and the advent of affirmative action, all without ever completely ceding power.” How to Kill a Revolution
“Crush is rendered cute, brief, and pathologically girlish instead of passionate, enraged, and at the very core of what, in the midst of vulnerability, keeps us going day after day. Part of this cultural purification is a result of the disastrous mistake that adults make by not taking adolescents seriously.” Tiana Reid on crushing is so good!
Plus, the Kent test, a new measure put forward by Clarkisha Kent to gauge the representation of women of colour in media:
You remember some time ago where I mentioned that I was working on something I'd hope would be a nice alternative to the Bechdel test?
Well, here it is. The Kent Test. A test that specifically gauges whether WOC representation in a piece of media is pathetic or strong. https://t.co/Hg6rHl3YBY
— Clarkisha Kent-Jordan: Slayer of Colonizers (@IWriteAllDay_) March 8, 2018
““I’m not interested in running for public office,” she said. “What my goals are, are Black liberation.” Yusra Khogali on leadership and the need for action
Scholar Tithi Bhattacharya, one of the national organizers of the International Women’s Strike, says the real emancipation of women cannot be achieved under capitalism. http://ow.ly/uuYi30iPOU8
Posted by Democracy Now! on Thursday, March 8, 2018
“Throughout history, white women have used the labor of women of color to reduce their own domestic burden and free themselves up for corporate and civic pursuits.” Rethinking the work-life balance for women of colour
“Part of me doesn’t want to be cheered for. I want to be argued with and say, ‘Fuck you! I’m right!’” Torrey Peters on the trans literature she wants to see
Last but not least: