01.08.2013

Cancer journal blog 01

During the tumult of the seventies, in publications such as The Black Scholar and black World, I engaged with and eventually championed the work of Audre Lorde, who was and remains one of the most progressive of our warrior intellectuals.
We were taught: be stern with your enemies, flexible with your friends, uncompromising with yourself.
She could have luxuriated in our admiration when she debated the eloquent Baldwin into silence; but her greatest debate was with herself.
When identity politics led so many others to abandon building cross-boundary friendships and alliances, Ms.
Our sojourn through this world is often frustrating, certainly at its core, our travel has long stretches of lonely, and we are too often misunderstood in our various survival zigs and zags.


When she shattered self silence, Audre Lorde spoke with a mighty thunder that acknowledged the terrible truth: we’ve got to go through today’s storms to get to tomorrow’s sunshine. Lorde would print shout outs, engage in correspondence and conversations with an array of others. For all of her friends, and certainly for those of us who would follow her example, Audre Lorde’s life was and remains a bold question mark: will each of us speak and act on whatever are the truths of our lives? Audre Lorde gifted us with a magnificent, albeit humane, example of carrying the lamb of love on her shoulders while kicking the wolf of oppression in the teeth.
She taught us that border crossings  and frequent exchanges were not a betrayal of our interiors but rather free flowing back and forth was the only way to ensure that our essence was able to remain both sweet and tender, rather than curdle over time and become sour and inflexible beneath the mundane bludgeoning of daily struggles.


Her passionate transition from this life to whatever exists beyond death’s veil mocks us when we balk, when we fail to be the cliche of all that we can be.
But oh, our own demons, our personal contradictions, conundrums and assemblage of eccentricities; too often our blackness blanches when we stare into the mirror of our personal behavior.




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