To face the realities

of our lives is not

a reason for


despair is a tool

of your enemies.

Facing the realities

of our lives

gives us motivation

for action.

For you are not powerless… You know why the hard questions must be asked. It is not altruism, it is self-preservation—survival.

Audre Lorde, Oberlin College Commencement Address\1989


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