“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act.” – Janet Mock

At M2M, we recently had a conversation with various dialogue partners about citational politics. We noted that many of us were not only trained to privilege the knowledge production of “acceptable” White men, we were also consistently told that other academics were “not rigorous” enough without any evidence of this claim.

Once we obtain our degrees, however, we may realize that our go-to thinkers are not people that look like us because we have spent more time with those who were deemed acceptable. It is quite possible for academics to be in bondage to those whose scholarship fails to adequately address concerns of our communities. It is important to know those scholars and their failings, just like it is necessary to know the thinkers whose heavy theory sounds like sweet music to our ears.

We are sharing this video which features bell hooks and her theoretical concepts regarding Black women and liberation. Please select, “like” and share with others. Enjoy!

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