Learning from June: New Self-Love and Respect

 

By Chris Crass

“I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.” 
– June Jordan 

And for those of us who are white and/or male and positioned in society in privilege over those structurally oppressed, we must learn to overcome “self-love based on domination and degradation of others” and develop “self-love based in knowing ourselves and others, and working for collective liberation” and dismantle “self-respect derived from the subjugation and silencing of others” and nourish “self-respect based in affirmation and celebration of the divine, dignified, humanity of all”.

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