i live in a constant state of amazement and i am awed at the power people carry within them to, without even knowing me, name a feeling in my heart or a budding thought in my head and describe it so fully that it forces my head to nod vigorously and my hands to clap until they feel like they are on fire. today sudy and sylvia did that for me, although it’s not uncommon for them to do so.
that’s what i love about blogging. you don’t have to consider yourself a “writer” to write, although there are some real book-deal deserving people in the blogosphere. you don’t have to spell words correctly. you don’t have to have a fancy domain name [.com]. and even though people will try to call you “the Voice” for whatever community you belong to, you just have to be yourself and speak your truth.
blogging has power. writing has power. people know this, that’s why they continue to call you names, discredit you, and disrespect you by mocking the oppression of your people.
recently, andy smith, a writer whose words have changed my own life as well as that of many other people, was denied tenure at the univ. of michigan. the timing of this is unbelievable with the “dialogue” between apostate and blackamazon around whether BA should ever question the history and policies of planned parenthood because of the work the org does for women. it was from ANDY’s writings that i realized we are to be accountable to the people, not the non-profit industrial complex. yes, work for them, volunteer with them, advocate with them. they can be created and used for good work. but never consider non-profits or the organization itself to be the soul of the movement you or i are involved in.
if you’re in the mich area, students are organizing and will be addressing racism within the academy. details are can be found at www.woclockdown.org