Audre Lorde wrote that “… what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect” (excerpted here). Audre left us in 1992, but her legacy continues. Today, there’s a network of women of color (WOC) bloggers that are bringing the tradition of Audre Lorde to the digital age. Despite the disabling rhetorics about the digital divide, and the near fetishism of the white-male-mainstream-blogger, these radical women of color speak truth to power. And, since the New York Times is highlighting the work of one WOC blogger at the Democratic Convention (hat tip Pam via Twitter), I thought it would be a good time to highlight just a few of these brave women here:
Diary of an Anxious Black Woman
Lots of these blogs are covering mainstream politics, such as the presidential election, yet these voices are rarely the ones that mainstream news outlets read and draw on for commentary. Let’s hope that’s changing. Perhaps these blogs can offer a different angle of vision in the social and political landscape, while providing a mechanism for speaking truth to power.
Thanks so much for acknowledging all the WOC who are working towards transformation in their lives and communities.
Sure thing, sokari ~ and thanks for your words!
Great list, and thanks for the introduction to some I haven’t seen yet. But you missed one of my favorites!
Kit at Keep It Trill. She consistently offers unflinching insight into a variety of topics.
Inevitably, I knew I would leave some good folks out. Thanks for that one, macon d. I’ll take a look and add that one in the next round.
I know my post already pinged here – but I also wanted to say thankyou to you for noting my humble blog.
Jessie, I also like “the black snob”: http://blacksnob.blogspot.com/, who I find hilarious and smart–a great combination!