Jan. 6, 2021

The Wretched

From Radical Illuminations by Joe L. Valentine (author's profile)



"Know Your Enemies, from Your Friends."

"...Fully committing to a vision of racial justice that includes grassroots, bottom-up advocacy on behalf of 'ALL OF US' will require a major reconsideration of priorities, staffing, strategies, and message. Egos, competing agendas, career goals and inertia may get in the way. It may be that traditional civil rights organizations simply cannot, or will not change.."

-Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow, p.260)

"...As Black people in a white-supremacist culture we have had a psychohistory of learning to utterly kids or repress our vulnerability in order to survive. When this survival strategy links with the overall cultural devaluation of vulnerability it makes sense that so many black folks have wrongly interpreted invulnerability as a sign of emotional strength. Maintaining this survival strategy when we no longer have to fear extreme violence at the


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