Week 1 Readings

This week we have had some incredible readings that I’d like to share here:

“What is White Supremacy?” by Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez

“White 
Supremacy 
is 
an 
historically
 based, 
institutionally
perpetuated
 system
 of 
exploitation 
and
 oppression 
of 
continents, 
nations,
 and
peoples 
of 
color 
by 
white 
peoples 
and
 nations 
of
 the
 European 
continent, 
for 
the
purpose 
of 
maintaining 
and
 defending 
a 
system 
of 
wealth, 
power,
 and
 privilege.” (Definition by the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop, San Francisco, CA)

“Love as the practice of freedom” by bell hooks 

“In this society, there is no powerful discourse on love emerging either from
politically progressive radicals or from the Left. The absence of a sus-
tained focus on love in progressive circles arises from a collective failure
to acknowledge the needs of the spirit and an overdetermined emphasis
on material concerns. Without love, our efforts to liberate ourselves and
our world community from oppression and exploitation are doomed. As
long as we refuse to address fully the place of love in struggles for libera-
tion we will not be able to create a culture of conversion where there is a
mass turning away from an ethic of domination.” – bell hooks

And, three essays from “The Truth That Never Hurts” by Barbara Smith:

“Racism and Women’s Studies”, “The Tip of the Iceberg” and “The Rodney King Verdict”.

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Week 1 Readings

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