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This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe L. Moraga
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Aug 26, 08

bookshelves: womynlovingwomyn, politcs-of-color, the-f-word
Recommended to Jude by: gifts of athena bookstore
Recommended for: everyone

thanks to mindy for calling this book back for me. time to re-read.

Many years ago this was the primary textbook i went to when the message that i (and other well intentioned white women) got from the women of color in our community was: "Look. Racism is your construct. You wanna understand it, do the work. We do not owe you an education." I mean of course they DID educate and explain and challenge and sigh and laugh and get fed up, etc etc. But i learned the real nature of respect from their naming of what my good will did not entitle me to.

Years later i faced a group of men from my family who wanted to talk about this whole sexism thing and i said, fine, but understand that this is an act of generosity on my part. And if you really care about this, you will do your own work to understand it.

I found my mind in feminism, but at the heart of my change of heart were the women of color, naming it. naming it. naming it.
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