I’ll drive with that tender balance of guilt and curiosity and a lifetime of learning and unlearning, still looking for an America that was there, is there, and will be there.
When you attribute someone’s evil actions to their mental health status rather than their actual root cause—like white supremacy—then that evil is no longer presented as a choice.
I am the only one in the room who is neither asked nor allowed to answer: “How does that make you feel?”
In my flocks, I’ve borne witness to what I fear.
In giving me her pendant, was my mother not only wishing me well on my journey but handing over our family’s story?
I learned to reevaluate the meaning of ‘normal’ in relationships, and also my habit of reflexively turning to data.
Disability ruins everything, these stories tell us: disability itself is tragedy. These people’s lives are over, apparently, even though they are palpably still here.
Perhaps the certainty that you are not the monster—that no matter what you do, you will never become the monster—is what gives rise to monstrous behavior.
Through myth-making and symbolism, the natural world comes to stand in for potent human ideals.
Black women have been killed for our beliefs for as long as Black people have been demanding the right to breathe.