It's simple: Cite Black Women.We have been producing knowledge since we blessed this earth. We theorize, we produce, we revolutionize the world. We do not need mediators. We do not need interpreters. It's time to disrupt the canon. It's time to upturn the erasures of history. It's time to give credit where credit is due.
For centuries people have listened to our ideas and reproduced them without citation. For centuries people have be content with erasing us from mainstream bibliographies, genealogies of thought and conversations about knowledge production. We have also been fed up with it for centuries.
Just take some time and do some serious research about the work that Black women have done on the politics of citation and the need to cite Black women. I won't do that labor here for political reasons: 1) we, Black women, are always given the burden of doing labor for everyone else; 2) we all must learn to do the hard work of research on our own (thank you Linh Huah for reminding me of this). everyone needs to take responsibility and do the hard work of research.
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The Silence Transformation Collective is a transnational, multi-lingual healing space for black women to share their reflections and thoughts on life and survival. It is inspired by Audre Lorde's [1984 (1977)] essay "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action." There she writes, "I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood." Here, we dare to speak and share, recognizing that our silence will not protect us.