visions

September 8, 2007 at 7:26 am (anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-sexism, Uncategorized, women of color)

one of the visions that came to me while i was reading andrea smith again this week was the ways that we can connect across communities. i know that as women of color we often connect through our shared oppression. but we also connect through our shared oppressing, the ways that we downpress other groups. we link together because of our middle socioeconomic class, or through our shared us citizenship, or our fluency in english, or our christian upbringing. and we need to learn from each other strategies to decenter our privilege or else our privilege will undermine our work of co-creating conscious community. we need to see others’ privileged behaviour as a mirror to our own. we need to ask ourselves how does our privilege make others in our community invisible to us, makes their essential contributions invisible to us? how can we support each other in seeing and living the truth (yes i still use words like truth and beauty and good) that we as sentient beings have value not because of where we are in the hierachy?

that an open table community is our safety net. the safety net is not all of the people who are below us on the hierachy. the safety net is not our privilege. and when we use our privilege as our safety net, then we are using all the people below us on the hierachy as our safety net.  we stand on their shoulders and faces and dreams.  we treat them as faceless slaves.

how many people have to be called colored in order for white skin to be seen as rare and precious and valuable?  how many people have to be working poor in order for the rich to get richer?  how many people have to be voiceless in order for one persons voice to sound so loud?

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2 Comments

  1. narziss said,

    well written interesting post. The ending reminded me of the John Lennon song…Blowing in The Wind!

  2. fal25 said,

    Hello,
    My name is Fallon and I’m organizing with other women of color around the Dunbar Gang Rapes and West Virginia Torture/Rape case. Well, I was wondering if you have time to participate in a phone conference on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 9pm/central about organizing to end silences surrounding Megan Williams’ torture and rape in Logan and the gang rape of several Black women in West Palm Beach Florida as well as stories that go unheard because it involves a woman of color such as the Newark imprisonment of the four lesbians for protecting themselves from a male aggressor.

    Well, I’ve been circulating a 2 minute movie entitled, “How do you keep a Social Movement Alive.”

    http://www.jumpcut.com/view?id=E44BFBCE67BF11DC9030000423CF037A

    This movie documents the silence surrounding Megan Williams’ torture and rape in Logan and the gang rape of several Black women in West Palm Beach Florida. The purpose of this movie is to document the silences within our relationships, within our homes, within our families, within our communities, within our jobs, within our schools, within our churches, temples, and synagogues, within our governments, and within our world.
    We have a blog, but given the organizing we are trying to do, I need to reorganize the blog and use wordpress instead of blogger. This is the current blog,

    http://documentthesilence.blogspot.com/

    If you can’t do the phone conference would you be interested in being a part of the Women of Color Bloggers Breaking the Silences Contingency on the Web which would mean inundating the web with information about Wearing Red Campaign on October 31, 2007 as well as circulating clips and other media trying to inundate the web with stories of violence committed against women of color?
    I look forward to connecting with you,

    You can email me at beboldered@gmail.com.

    Fallon

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