Thanks for the blog love! ❤
To answer part of your question, I’m gonna turn to Alice Walker:
"If knowledge of my condition is all the freedom I get from a ‘freedom movement,’ it is better than unawareness, forgotteness, and hopelessness, the existence that is like the existence of a beast."
"People who go about seeking to change the world, to diminish suffering, to demonstrate any kind of enlightenment, are often as flawed as anybody else. Sometimes more so. But it is the awareness of having faults, I think, and the knowledge that this links us to everyone on Earth, that opens us to courage and compassion. It occurs to me often that many of those I deeply love are flawed. They might actually have said or done some of the mean things I’ve felt, heard, read about, or feared. But it is their struggle with the flaw, surprisingly endearing, and the going on anyhow, that is part of what I cherish in them."
And Audre Lorde:
"I am deliberate and afraid of nothing."
Change happens one step at a time. Make your steps. Then you die and your descendants take over the journey, just as we have for our foremothers and ancestors.
Don’t think of the “size” of the group who hears your voice; if you hear your own voice and challenge your own internalized oppressive thinking, then you’ve already made a difference. How we embody the oppressor within is where all feminist work begins—where all anti-oppression praxis must start and stay grounded in. Then comes resistance. By resistance I mean that we become conscious of the tropes, stereotypes, controlling images and attacks against us as Black women, which are created/facilitated by White supremacy, racism, sexism, misogyny, transmisogyny, misogynoir, classism, colorism, fat shaming, ableism etc. and reject them as truths. They aren’t truths.
While both of these things are occurring (as there is no linear process of theory then action; both occur simultaneously) you do the work that you can do. For some it’s reflected in how they raise their children (if parents) and treat their partners—challenging patriarchal norms. For some it’s service. For some it’s art, media, educational, legislative or political—fighting hegemony where it massively appears. For some it’s totally online reaching many people; challenging their thinking; helping them critically reflect. For some its a combination of things. There’s no activism to be ranked over another as we need it all. We need theoretical activists (i.e. writers, researchers, bloggers, thinkers, professors) and applied activists (i.e. marchers, legislators, lawyers) who are challenging oppression, not facilitating it.
You know what you can really do that is activism though? Live the best life possible, the one that was never meant for Black women at all. Help other Black women have a chance at that too. However you define “best,” shoot for that. That’s activism, fighting being a mule of the world.
How do I want things to change? Simple. For absolutely nothing I write on oppression to be a factor anymore. I want to be obsolete. Then I know things have changed.