Her work tastes very similar to Ta Nehisi Coates. With both I find myself getting defensive. This is how I deal with it. I listen carefully to what they are trying to say, then I form arguments in my head to either counter them or why they don't apply to me. Then I ask myself why these arguments feel so legitimate to me and if they are just smoke screens to keep up my feeling of superiority/ worthiness. Its very, very uncomfortable. I've discovered though that, at the root of my discomfort, is this sense that I have a huge debt out there, silently accruing interest, and if it ever comes due, I'll never be able to pay it off.
Perhaps, that's the truth many of us fear. Accountability. The revelation that the status one has isn't earned but inherited from ancestors who also didn't earn it but rather stole it by force. Maybe what most triggers a person's defensiveness is having the machine behind our hierarchy ripped open and exposed as a fraud.
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