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The Voices I Longed to Hear
on August 7, 2013
I definitely consider myself to be lost at times when I am forced to conform to the ideals of what a black "girl" should be. For example, being silent, not loud, and never expressing any criticism, for I may be seen as solely wanting to be a victim or trying to play the race card. In essence, I must become invisible to society.
With this in mind, this book gave me the opportunity to listen to the voices of my mothers. The voices that I so longed to hear during times when I doubt my own intelligence, heck my own existence. These voices through a compilation of critical essays on America's mainstream society, Black female authors, and civil rights movements throughout the world (and more), authored by the great Alice Walker, proved to be all the knowledge and support I needed and more. Through Walker's extensive critical analysis one can understand how the consequences of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of dehumanization negatively impact children, their families, and communities.
Through the pain, however, one rises beyond the suffering that they cause and contemplates solutions engrained with hope. This book is just too much to try to convey in words. Humanity is expressed, honesty is expressed, and most of all "the beautiful struggle" of life for communities who have been devalued for centuries and silenced is expressed.
Alice Walker thank you for guiding me to my Mothers' Gardens and for telling me it is okay to be who I am even if the entire world wishes to demonize and outcast me for my ideas.