Updated: Sep 12, 2020
I wrote this piece for NASW-NYC nine years ago.
When I think of my time as a US Army Soldier, it feels like an entire lifetime ago. When I think of September 11, 2001, it feels like yesterday. Literally and figuratively, September 11 continues to loom as a reminder of the moral vacuum in which we live.
My work to protect and honor the lives of people who do not fit the dominant class script continues to be my most urgent cause. I still feel like a warrior - I'm now part of the ranks of Black Feminist who used words, bookstores and their sheer right to be Black + Brilliant as their primary site of organizing. I'm just as proud today as I was 19 or 9 years ago.
We all have a place in this movement; there is room for all warriors. Raising consciousness is the first step. Keep reading. Remain curious. Be in authentic relationship. Center accountability. Abandon perfection. And, use your privilege in the service of liberation. If we could all do some version of this, society would be moving in the right direction.
love always, kqd.