Today's entry comes from the awesome frau sally benz! frau sally benz is a twenty-something blogger from New York City who blogs at Jump off the Bridge. She is a certified bookworm.
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
"What began as a reaction to the racism of white feminists soon became a positive affirmation of the commitment of women of color to our own feminism. [...] This Bridge Called My Back intends to reflect an uncompromised definition of feminism by women of color in the U.S." (xxiii)
This book was written almost 30 years ago but it's as important now as it was when it was written, perhaps even more so.
The book is made up of poems, letters, essays, etc. and broken up into six sections meant to cover the range of experiences had by women of color involved in the feminist movement. As a Latina who wears the Feminist label for the world to see, it means a lot to read the words of others who struggle with what it means to live and breathe in this movement.
I truly believe, however, that this book is not just for women of color in the feminist movement. This book is for anybody who has ever felt discriminated against for any reason. This book is also for anybody who has ever discriminated against another person for any reason.
In these times, this book is a reminder to check ourselves. Come face to face with your oppressions. Come face to face with your privileges. Take a look at what's around you and figure out where things went wrong. Speak your truth but listen carefully to what others say. Every step you take thereafter will be a step towards something better.
Whether you read only a handful of pieces or sit through the entire thing, you will surely get something out of it.
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