In terms of social justice, I was a late bloomer. Not that I ever believed in hatred or discrimination – just that I was so ignorant that I couldn’t see discrimination even when it was right in front of my face. Even when it was perpetrated against me. Even when I perpetrated it against others. As people say in safe spaces, intent is not a magic wand that makes everything better.
I am startled because every day I find new and disgusting ways that human beings do mental, physical and emotional violence to one another. I am an octopus because I feel I need at least eight arms to fight all the battles I want to fight.
For the record, I’m a white cis woman, bisexual, a nontraditional and anti-hierarchical Buddhist, a feminist, an egalitarian, raised upper middle class and doing okay at the moment, though planning for being broke and unemployed in a few months, college educated, and a world traveler.
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