Mapping the Radical Emotionality of Social Justice Work

Our feelings can bring us together — if we understand them.

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Investigating and deconstructing our own oppression.

Investigating and deconstructing our own privilege.

Secondhand trauma.

Grieving history, ancestry, and the present.

Moral obligation and burnout.

Hyper-criticism, cynicism, and depression.

“The strength of social justice ideology are its sharp eyes and tongue, its ability to reveal and tear open the hidden logic of oppressive systems — a powerful and important revolutionary tool. My fear is that the valorization of critique, and the central role that criticism plays in the performance of goodness, has resulted in a rigid way of thinking that prioritizes the endless re-enactment of outrage and conflict while preventing us from developing strategies for reconciliation, necessary compromise, and collective action.”

Hyper-vigilance and hyperconsciousness.

Alienation and defensiveness.

Writer, community organizer, queerdo, and zine author on race, justice, emotional literacy, and magic.

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