Lorde

Added on by Rivers.

1. I'm currently reading Audre Lorde's "Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches"...

... to feed my recently awakened feminist and there's a chapter called "Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference" which literally made me dance... actual, physical, off my ass, anaconda-video dance.

Here's a part of it (I hope it makes you move):

"Much of Western European history conditions us to see human differences in simplistic opposition to each other: dominant/subordinate, good/bad, up/down, superior/inferior. In a society where the good is defined in terms of profit rather than in terms of human need, there must always be some group of people who, through systemized oppression, can be made to feel surplus, to occupy the place of the dehumanized inferior. Within this society, that group is made up of Black and Third World people, working-class people, older people and women.

As a forty nine year old Black lesbian feminist socialist mother of two, including one boy, and a member of an interracial couple, I usually find myself a part of some group defined as other, deviant, inferior, or just plain wrong. Traditionally, in american society, it is the members of oppressed, objectified groups who are expected to stretch out and bridge the gap between the actualities of our lives and the consciousness of our oppressor. For in order to survive, those of us for whom oppression is as american as apple pie have always had to be watchers, to become familiar with the language and manners of the oppressor, even sometimes adopting them for some illusion of protection. Whenever the need for some pretense of communication arises, those who profit from our oppression call upon us to share our knowledge with them. In other words, it is the responsibility of the oppressed to teach the oppressors their mistakes.

I am responsible for educating teachers who dismiss my children's culture in school. Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade responsibility for their actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future. "

2. I found this in the tumblr streets....

Which reminds me of one of Chris Rock's stand-ups when he said (something like) "People always want credit for shit they're supposed to do. That's like a dad saying 'Hey, I take care of my kids'. You're SUPPOSED to do that".