I’ve read this essay by Audre Lorde – The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action.
Her perspective on the power of language is just so profound and empowering – may this be the driving force for me (and many others) to continue speaking up for what we believe in.
“We can learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way we have learned to work and speak when we are tired. For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us. The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.
And there are so many silences to be broken.”
Read the full essay here.