“Why Did You Have to Say ‘As a Black Woman?'”

On Naming My Rage and Demanding My Coins “My response to racism is anger. That anger has eaten clefts into my living only when it remained unspoken. …Black women are expected to use our anger only in the service of other people’s salvation or learning. But that time is over.”Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: … Continue reading “Why Did You Have to Say ‘As a Black Woman?'”

Reflection on Earning a PhD

Surviving, What Was Meant to Break Me “If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God I defended my dissertation one year ago today. It took me nine years to get to that point (longer if I count the two years I spent after undergrad figuring out which programs … Continue reading Reflection on Earning a PhD

Creating syllabi is a political act

Doing battle where I stand... “Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we are standing.”Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider Yesterday I tweeted, "Creating syllabi is a political act. #citeBlackwomen." The tweet resonated with many, and … Continue reading Creating syllabi is a political act