Get More Critical

11 Apr

Recently I’ve been looking at some of my really early posts and having some pretty major facepalms.

“We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.”

– Howard Zinn (via swintons)

If I’ve learned anything in the last 500 posts (yep, this is number 500!) it is the importance of intersectionality

I try to be aware of my privilege every day though it’s not always easy.

“The force that allows white feminist authors to make no reference to racial identity in their books about ‘women’ that are in actuality about white women is the same one that would compel any author writing exclusively on black women to refer explicitly to their racial identity. That force is racism. In a racially imperialist nation such as ours, it is the dominant race that reserves for itself the luxury of dismissing racial identity while the oppressed race is made daily aware of their racial identity. It is the dominant race that can make it seem that their experience is Representative.”

– bell hooks, Ain’t I A Woman, pg 138 (via ohdidikillthequeen)

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