March 23rd, 2007

thinky tim

The impossibility of dialogue

[This post is in honor of the one two (whoops!) year birthday of the Official Shrub.com Blog, where I have been given the privilege to guest-blog for the past several months.]

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently took a class on racism and white privilege. My professor was unflinching in his recognition that some things about anti-oppression work are "impossible." And while this sounds like a pessimistic view of things, I think it was very important that he acknowledged this concept and repeatedly brought it to our attention.

I chose to write about this subject for the two-year anniversary of the Official Shrub.com Blog because of that importance, despite the fact that it also sounds pretty dreary. I mean, it is a bit disheartening to commemorate the birth of an anti-oppression blog by talking about everything it can't do.

But recognizing difficulties can always do two different things: it can bring you down, and it can also help you clarify your path to better accomplish your goals. As you can guess, I hope to do the latter.

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x-posted to Shrub.com