That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect. Less than two months ago, I was told my two doctors, one female and one male, that I would have to have breast surgery, and that there was a 60 to 80 percent chance that the tumor was malignant. She was known to describe herself as African-American, black, dyke, feminist, poet, mother, etc.
Because in this way alone can we survive, by taking part in a process of life that is creative and continuing, that is growth. Democracy is a limited condition for most citizens without money and power. They all gave me a strength and concern without which I could not have survived intact.
Of what had I ever been afraid? This is a situation faced by many women, by some of you here today. It is very good for establishing perspective.
Understanding the early developments of her life and her journey to writing poetry, leads to a better understanding of her work on The Cancer Journals and its significance.
That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect. Not as human beings. The Cancer Journals followed these works in It is a deep memory that will always stay with me because the event we were attending was lily-white and so here I was with the only real color in the place, just as silenced and degraded as anywhere else.
I am standing here as a black lesbian poet, and the meaning of all that waits upon the fact that I am still alive, and might not have been. 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?
Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak. I was going to die, if not sooner then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself.
For example —let us take the classic situation where we are silent at work even though we are unable to agree with something. I remember this clearly as a child because when I spoke up—even then—without any sense of having to keep my big mouth shut—she was admiring. Even if this results in harm to ourselves—we have to make a better world for our children—and we must take the risks and speak up —so that our children will live better lives than the ones we live.
The first principle is Umoka, which means unity, the decision to strive for and maintain unity in the self and community.
Let me shed some more light here about race and gender.
And that visibility which makes you most vulnerable is also our greatest strength.In the transformation of silence into language and action, it is vitally necessary to teach by living and speaking those truths which we believe and know beyond understanding.
Because in this way alone we can survive, by taking part in a process of life that is creative and continuing, that is growth. In the transformation of silence into language and action, it is vitally necessary for each one of us to establish or examine her function in that transformation and to recognize her role as vital within that transformation.
Transforming silence into language and action African Americans & women were invisible to society because the world is male dominant. Remaining silent about anything (¶ 7) Gist Lorde's The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action expresses that keeping silent does not protect you. Main Claim: Even though you are invisible to society.
In the transformation of silence into language and action, it is vitally necessary to teach by living and speaking those truths which we believe and know beyond understanding. Because in this way alone we can survive, by taking part in a process of life that is creative and continuing, that is growth.
This post describes the impact of Audre Lorde's essay, "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action," on young black women in college.
Education, Liberation & Black Radical Traditions for the 21st Century. Jul 11, · Sarah Schulman Reads "The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action" by Audre Lourde PEN America.
Toni Morrison on language.Download