My Truth to “Power”

Thinking of oppressed, abused, manipulated people everywhere, may they get justice, may their stories be unearthed, may they be heeded, may they find solace in solidarity.

Dear Sister

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First let me say, in no uncertain terms, that I am not trying to be rude. In fact I am attempting to be as polite, respectful, thoughtful, and considerate as I can, while I say this.

Secondly, let me clarify that I am saying this despite my urge to walk away in disgust and protest at the utter ignorance, insensitivity, and sheer senselessness of your words and actions.

Thirdly, let me state, for the record, that I am only saying this not because I believe that your attitude deserves acknowledgement, or because your actions aren’t speaking louder than your words, but because I fear that if I did excuse myself, you might misconstrue it as validation. You might mistakenly come to think that I have nothing of value to contribute on the matter, reinforcing your authority, and I wouldn’t want to fall into such an error.

Fourthly, I must admit…

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