Reading 1: a litany for survival — audre lorde

Reading 2: The Master’s Tools will never dismantle the master’s house — audre lorde

What can we use here to inform ourselves?

How does this resonate post trump’s election?

What are our tools that are not masters tools?

Discourses that divide racism and sexism fulfill the divisive nature of power (bacons rebellion 1670)

Building a community that embraces difference rather than insulates

Within the system vs outside the system can be a difference in applied theory to embrace

Responsibility of educating ourselves! (Burden of responsibility — where does this lie?)

Burden of engagement and collective responsibility

Finding common ground can be easiest place to start — sports, pets, — hard too when you’re a guest in their home

Cost of progression or specific relationships?

Is it our moral responsibility to hold your tongue or to talk about it?

Moral imperative to show the strengths of others to the table

Instead of figuring out how to talk about this but ask questions?

Children should be listened to and given space to formulate their little adult minds

Hard conversations have to happen

Attention to micro aggressions — it’s hard to not place the burden of letting someone know about how they are harmed — don’t make someone feel guilty for making you feel guilty as person of privilege when you misspeak

Owning our own experiences

Desire for knowledge — De centering yourself

State sanctioned violence? Or is this along the logic of all lives matter

What does his mean for activism now?

Activism as more than a refuge?

Are we using political correctness as a way of holding people down?

Urban vs rural

PC culture as an avatar of an economic system that is keeping rural extraction possible

race and class are inextricably linked

Master’s tools:

  • isolating demographic groups
  • - avoiding discomfort or looking in the mirror
  • - avoiding evidence of work
  • - fear
  • - extraction and land ownership
  • - barriers to entry and signalers
  • Our tools:
  • - empathy and compassion
  • - seeds
  • - embracing discomfort
  • - alternative uses of public spaces
  • - cyclical systems
  • - subversion and transgression
  • - nonverbal and other communication pathways (doing/creative things) — working with
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