“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you…. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.
Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have discovered your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”
― Audre Lorde
There is a time to speak up not only for ourselves but for the sake of others who have suffered or are suffering from injustice. Yes, when we speak up, it poses a threat to the status quo of the world system, the economy, the political system, the societal class system and the religious system, hence the adherents of the system may not like it and may try to oppose or silence us. But it is worth speaking up as our voice is important for the liberation of ourselves and others.
- Project # 1 for: International Women’s Month: Inspired by Ms Audre Lorde & Ms Tracey (aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com)
- Remembering Audre Lorde (inphasemag.wordpress.com)
- Thank You Audre (ahumanstory.wordpress.com)