“It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” –Kimberle Williams Crenshaw
An interesting thing happened this morning; I was on a Conservative talk radio show. Had I done a little research before agreeing to be on the show I probably would have declined the invite, but I didn’t. So bright and early I was ear to ear and idea to idea with black Tea Partier Jesse Lee Peterson.
As you can imagine, we didn’t see eye to eye on anything. While he wondered about the value of black Americans’ lives because, as he put it, most of us are “lazy” and “lack a moral compass,” I wondered how the hell I got into this Faux News-style matrix.
But you know what I realized? While my views may be unpopular with his listeners, they are just as valuable, if not even more necessary, to break through his echo chamber.
Too often we feel like our opinions or our ideas will not matter, so we keep them to ourselves. Don’t.
Even if your point of view is unpopular, as writer Esther Armah told me this morning, being heard is its own form of emotional justice. And it’s empowering, too.
Be powerful, Clutchettes. No matter what.