Lots of folks have contacted me since my last post on Bertha "Racist Grandma" Holt. I appreciate the support, the community, and the interest by new readers. I am even excited about the questions reaching to understand my experience with adoption as a racist practice that upholds a system of White supremacy. As I approach my blog launch anniversary, I am reflecting on both what I have and have not done with my voice.
- Expressed outrage about systemic oppression, including but not limited to: racism, sexism, genderism, heterosexism, and classism.
- Complained about what my White, adoptive parents have done to me.
- Emoted, indulged, and overshared about the ways I have been targeted by oppression.
- Defined systemic oppression, including but not limited to: racism, sexism, genderism, heterosexism, and classism.
- Connected the complaints about what White, adoptive parents have and have not done, how that reflects privilege and power within an oppressive context, to how they can serve as allies to all communities of color targeted by racism.
- Emoted, indulged, and overshared about the ways I have been an agent of oppression, which is central to my liberation from systems of violence that both privilege and target me based on my multiple social group identities.
Kendall, Laurel, ed. Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class, and Consumption in the Republic of Korea. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2002. Print.