adrienne maree brown

We Will Not Cancel Us

Cancel culture addresses real harm…and sometimes causes more. It’s time to think this through.
“Cancel” or “call-out” culture is a source of much tension and debate in American society. The infamous “Harper’s Letter,” signed by public intellectuals of both the left and right, sought to settle the matter and only caused greater division. Originating as a way for marginalized and disempowered people to take down more powerful abusers, often with the help of social media, cancel culture is seen by some as having gone “too far.” Adrienne maree brown, a respected cultural voice and a professional mediator, reframes the discussion for us, in a way that points to possible ways beyond the impasse. Most critiques of cancel culture come from outside the milieus that produce it, sometimes from even from its targets. Brown explores the question from a Black, queer, and feminist viewpoint that gently asks, how well does this practice serve us? Does it prefigure the sort of world we want to live in? And, if it doesn’t, how do we seek accountability and redress for harm in a way that reflects our values?
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    Audre Lorde, “A Litany for Survival,” in The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
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    This Bridge Called My Back set me on the path to find my own natural wildness, the truth of my integrity that the world’s violence tried to keep hidden from me. I feel especially lucky to bear witness as modern thought leaders like adrienne maree brown build upon the writings of other radical feminists of color speak with their whole heart to the cause of freedom for us all. Audre Lorde, one of my favorite radical feminists of color said it best,

    and when we speak we are afraid

    our words will not be heard

    nor welcomed

    but when we are silent

    we are still afraid

    So it is better to speak

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    That’s why our way forward isn’t to dismiss call outs, or to urge people to stop. No, our words are powerful and are meant to be heard. The way forward is to forge abolition with both hands in the dirt, building empathy in the mirror; it’s to remember that innocence is never a prerequisite for human dignity, nor for human rights and freedom; that the words we speak aloud offer a prediction for what will be

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