Take a moment to put your identity politics aside. You may find relief in this, as we are often thinking about how we identify in relation to the identities of those that surround us. As near and dear as they may be to strengthening and developing our lives as individuals, I find that sometimes it is best to reduce the emphasis of identity in order to achieve goals larger than ourselves.
You see, once we can get past the ego, we enter a realm of endless opportunities for community building. Alliances of gender, race, class, sexuality and so forth will no longer build fortresses against neighboring compounds. This allows for the distinctions drawn between the oppressed and the even-more-oppressed to become obscured and no longer smeared with counterproductive competitiveness or hostility.
Together, we form a confluence of potent energy, ready to move towards a shared destination for liberation―of love, justice & empathy.
6 Quotes On Achievable Love, Empathy & Justice by Dr. bell hooks:
1. “You have to love justice more than your allegiance to your race, sexuality and gender. It is about justice.” ―Interview with JetMag
2. “If I were really asked to define myself, I wouldn’t start with race; I wouldn’t start with blackness; I wouldn’t start with gender; I wouldn’t start with feminism. I would start with stripping down to what fundamentally informs my life, which is that I’m a seeker on the path. I think of feminism, and I think of anti-racist struggles as part of it. But where I stand spiritually is, steadfastly, on a path about love.” ―Interview with Tricycle
3. “All too often we think of community in terms of being with folks like ourselves: the same class, same race, same ethnicity, same social standing and the like…I think we need to be wary: we need to work against the danger of evoking something that we don’t challenge ourselves to actually practice.” ― Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope
4. “When radical activists have not made a core break with dominator thinking (imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy), there is no union of theory and practice, and real change is not sustained. That’s why cultivating the mind of love is so crucial. When love is the ground of our being, a love ethic shapes our participation in politics.” ― Interview with Shambhala Sun
5. “Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics.” ―Feminism is for Everybody
6. “If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice, have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege. ” ― A Revolution of Values: The promise of multicultural change
-Chanelle Adams, Blog Editor