Diaries Magazine

One Voice in the Revolution

By Danielleabroad @danielleabroad
What happens when you've been in the company of individuals who freely exchange racist jokes without any shared understanding that you may be personally, fundamentally, vehemently hurt and offended by their "humor" against "people like you"? What happens when you've been taught to check Hispanic/Latinx on every form you've ever filled out but have rarely worried about racial profiling?
What is the role of someone now who is very privileged but also not of utmost whitecismale privilege?
one voice in the revolution I've spent a lifetime coming to terms with the nuances of my identity and belonging; embracing "who I am" to myself and to the world (thus I will never change my last name, but that's a story for another day). And somewhere around thirty, a sweet, knowing acceptance seeped in. Hallelujah! And yet the work very much continues. Because I was born into and raised by an unjust and unequal world, with racist systems and dark histories and normalized oppression.
one voice in the revolution We all were.
one voice in the revolutionone voice in the revolution I cannot speak to what it is to be white because I am not white... though I have regularly been mistaken for being so, and have most definitely benefitted from those assumptions (see: white privilege). Either way, those of us who are not-Black need to accept and take on uncomfortable tasks in this moment of deep pain, and trauma, and loss (compounded by centuries of more of the same).
one voice in the revolution We must use our collective power to transform this broken world of ours. Tu lucha es mi lucha. Below, a few actionable ideas. Yours are welcome, too.

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