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“It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” –Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

An interesting thing happened this morning; I was on a Conservative talk radio show. Had I done a little research before agreeing to be on the show I probably would have declined the invite, but I didn’t. So bright and early I was ear to ear and idea to idea with black Tea Partier Jesse Lee Peterson.

As you can imagine, we didn’t see eye to eye on anything. While he wondered about the value of black Americans’ lives because, as he put it, most of us are “lazy” and “lack a moral compass,” I wondered how the hell I got into this Faux News-style matrix.

But you know what I realized? While my views may be unpopular with his listeners, they are just as valuable, if not even more necessary, to break through his echo chamber.

Too often we feel like our opinions or our ideas will not matter, so we keep them to ourselves. Don’t.

Even if your point of view is unpopular, as writer Esther Armah told me this morning, being heard is its own form of emotional justice. And it’s empowering, too.

Be powerful, Clutchettes. No matter what.

Happy Wednesday! 

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  • shadow

    Sometimes you think your views are unpopular, but when you voice them you find out there are more people that agreee with you than you think. We especially need this, no matter how un-orthodox it may be to us, if it’s a positive view point that could lead to a much need change in society.

  • Alexandra

    I don’t know how many times I’ve felt the same way. I used to just keep silent on certain subjects, not really out of fear, but because I felt it would be a waste of time. I agree with shadow above too; sometimes you can least expect people to agree or disagree with you. Keeping quiet wont solve anything.

  • Alexandra

    Thanks for sharing, by the way :-)

  • Tis true, we must stand up for what we believe in. Even if no one else agrees, as long as we are firmly behind our opinion that’s all the matters.

  • entro

    we all must stand up and speak out for what we believe in, but arguing with a fool like Jesse Lee peterson is pointless and a waste of your breath and time. Im sure you felt like you were in the twilight zone dealing with his foolishness. Hes been around for over twenty years and white audiences love him because he says the thing s that some of them believe but are afraid to say openly. He is so inarticulate and illogical in his thinking that he epitomizes every white racists thoughts of black peoples lack of intelligence. He makes Herman Cain look like Frederick Douglas