Polygons measuring spoon
Hell yeah, I’m designing for AAW this year.
Step 1: Save that date.
Step 2: Pretend this image is a hot potato and share it all over the place.
Mixed rice with hijiki and soy beans
George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.
There comes a point for every POC, after you have “awakened” to the virulent and systematic nature of your own oppression and that of others, after which your life simply will never be the same. Everything from your life beforehand is called into question—things you said and did, the words and lessons of your parents, and BS societal motifs like the “American Dream” and America being “the land of opportunity” as well. All of these things are suddenly cast in doubt because you just didn’t get it then, and hindsight truly is 20/20.
At this point, too, even the friendships you made during that time require reexamination. “Best” friends you had from beforehand are suddenly evaluated on whether or not they actually get these issues or not.
And then there comes a scary point when you realize that the vast majority of them actually do not.
And as you continue to peer backward, a haunting realization slowly creeps up your back, telling you that those friendships can and will never be the same. The closeness you shared so deeply will be swapped for distance. The support and love you had nurtured over years will slowly turn to ambivalence. Those friendships will not be what they once were in light of your awakening, and as painful as your awakening has already been, it will now also require you to leave behind many of your close friends as well.
As if the pain of oppression wasn’t hard enough already.
But at the same time as you are realizing all of these things, you know that having your awakening was still arguably the most important moment in your life. You know that you’re starting to understand these issues, and how they fit in your life and that of others both like and unlike you. You know that you are standing on the side of justice and up against what is just fundamentally wrong and unjust in the world. And you know that your conviction and love for doing good will be able to carry you through that painful transition at the end of the day, as you slowly find a new community of people who actually do get it and care about these issues as much as people should.
Holy shit you explained this perfectly.
“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 fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” 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.”
I wish I could’ve awakened much earlier, it would’ve saved me years of grief and confusion and self-loathing. How cruel it is that I couldn’t permit my own life to begin until I was pushed to the brink, and wrangled into recognizing the faces of my oppression that have long been cultivated into demons and ghosts
I’ve had the very same thought many times, because it also took me being pushed close to the brink to start “getting it,” seeing oppression for what it was, and awakening. I wish it had happened sooner, as it is such an important part of our lives as POC, but now am just grateful that it happened period.
Even with the pain wrestling with those old demons has brought.
It’s almost like, after awakening, that your life is starting all over again. You have to take a step back and hit reset on so many of your old assumptions, views, relationships… and friendships as well (which is where this post comes in). It changes everything being able to recognize clearly the faces of your oppression and how you can and have also been oppressive. It requires a tidal shift in the ways you fundamentally view the world, as you come to understand how the world sees you, and it’s like your beginning a new chapter in your life penned by a new author.
And that’s okay.
Because at the end of the day you know that what you’re doing and the ways in which you are changing are right, and that leaving behind those years of “grief and confusion and self-loathing” is the best thing that could have ever happened to you.
Thanks for sharing, my heart goes out to you in more ways than one.
Even if you don’t think vaccines and autism are related … these are some staggering numbers!
YES THESE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING I WOULD ALSO POSIT THAT HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THESE IMAGES AND TEXT ALSO
Because why would the advancement of modern medicine make both of those things rise? I mean as medicine advances we get better at preventing disease causing more kids to be vaccinated, and we get better at detecting autism causing more kids to be diagnosed with it. But nope vaccines are totally causing them
I love the PSA logo on the “poster”