Love Note: Anamaría Flores on Love as a Radical Act

September 6, 2013
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Love Note: Anamaría Flores on Love as a Radical Act

By Anamaría Flores In a white male supremacist heteronormative puritanical judeo-christian culture such as the one that characterizes the united states, the most revolutionary act for brown and black folks is to reject the dominant culture and love ourselves. This is especially true for the sistas/hermanas who are taught from the time we’re small to love everyone else around us but ourselves, to place everyone’s happiness and security and...
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On Love, Action, and Lesbian-Feminism

September 6, 2013
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On Love, Action, and Lesbian-Feminism

By Julie R. Enszer Writing about lesbian-feminist publishers in the 1970s and 1980s, I am haunted. Often I wake with a fragment from a poem by Elana Dykewomon, Pat Parker, Fran Winant, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Cheryl Clarke, on the tip of my lips. Sometimes, I flip open my calendar and think I have a womyn’s coffeehouse to attend this weekend. Some afternoons, after writing, I go to the mailbox,...
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For the Love of Freedom: Writing, Radical Praxis and the Transformative Power of a Slave’s Words

September 5, 2013
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By Ernest L. Gibson, III When Frederick Douglass wrote “My feet have been so cracked with the frost, that the pen with which I am writing might be laid in the gashes,” he made legible one of the most profound relationships experienced within American slavery. It is within the iconography of the literate slave that I locate the transformative power of radical love – a love engendered by and inseparable...
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Rev. Kyndra Danyelle Frazier on Radical Love

September 5, 2013
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By Rev. Kyndra Danyelle Frazier Love can radically be re-imagined as an emotive action and response shared by all sentient beings that creates, heightens, and strengthens vulnerability. Being vulnerable is a courageous act that requires honesty and authentic risk-taking to show up as our full selves, with all of our wounds and insecurities . When love’s intent is to incite vulnerability it can create an ethos...
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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

September 5, 2013
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By Raidah Shah Idil  I am estranged from my father, and no, I don’t like talking about it. Why bring it up in the public sphere? Because I get too many intrusive questions about him in the private sphere, and this is my way of setting the record straight. My parents’ love story went terribly wrong. They knew each other from school and got married when my mum was twenty-one,...
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A Reach That Remains

September 5, 2013
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By Tiana Reid There is a file on my computer saved as “fathers day.doc.” It reads in full: fathers day crossed-legged in the back of the ship: a silly little mute mosquito. his brother, a saint, a faraway focus on wild parquet. Every time I see it, either if it comes up as I search for another more important document, or, as I rarely do, scan the files and...
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Takiyah Nur Amin on Love as a Radical Act

September 4, 2013
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By Takiyah Nur Amin How might love be re-imagined as a radical praxis that can bring about social transformation? Those of us committed to social transformation — a change intended to bring about a more just and ethical world – would do well to re-imagine love in the manner this question suggests. This is not about having warm, fuzzy feelings towards each other. To me, love as a radical...
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Jamie Utt on Love as a Radical Act

September 4, 2013
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By Jamie Utt Everything in our popular lore and culture teaches us that love is a feeling, a whimsical but ephemeral emotion that’s all-consuming for a time. When we realize, though, that love is an act of will, a call to extend ourselves and sacrifice for our own well being and the well-being of others, as bell hooks asks of us in All About Love: New Visions, then love...
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On Refusal, Privilege, and the Calcifying of the Soul

September 4, 2013
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By Jason Craige Harris I am Other. When I come knocking at the door of your soul, you may refuse me, but not without consequence. When I come with arms outstretched, you may turn me away, but not without self-injury. You may, through negligence, fear, and hatred, misrecognize me as an enemy, but not without violating your soul’s integrity. You may exclude me, but not without compromising your spiritual...
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Love letter to white people

September 3, 2013
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By Joe Osmundson White people, I love you. I really do. Not because I am a white person myself. This is not a story of self-love, although those can be important. This proclamation is not an attempt to subvert power structures that disavow love of white bodies. No, love of white bodies and selves, that is the norm, so hidden in plain sight that it is rarely given a...
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A Radical Love Letter to my son

September 3, 2013
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By Sarah Mantilla Griffin Dear Son, I love you. I have chosen how to love you. I love you radically, and I hope that this love will keep you free. Love is a verb and it is a choice. For mothers of black children in America, it is a dangerous choice. In the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer, my phone, email,...
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