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Akilah S. Richards, excerpt from her book Raising Free People (2020), from chapter, “Birth of a Post Colonial Perspective on Parenting."


One quote:

"Postcolonial parenting showed up for me as part of my deschooling journey. It speaks to my need to examine, question, and confront what I’ve accepted as normal parenting practices, so that I can see the ways some of them are reactions to being part of a group of people who were colonized and whose identities and beliefs were and are shaped by white supremacy, and who are, therefore, emotionally, spiritually, and physically harmful.

The term made and makes sense to me, because it says, simply, how I parent is heavily informed by my decolonization work. To raise my children as free people, I need to be versed in freedom. I need to recognize it, know when it is threatened, and trust myself to act on what I know. If I viewed my children as fertile land to shape and design without the partnership of their own choices and curiosities, then I would be colonizing that land, those children. I would be the oppressor in this instance, just as I was when Kris and I stood by the school system instead of Marley and Sage. Postcolonial parenting is my assembling of the scaffolding I will continue to need as I learn more about the ways colonization has affected me personally, as well as the ways I affect the people and environments around me. If I am ignorant to the harm I’m causing, then I will keep causing it."
"I began to reframe parenting, and this is when I began seeing and proclaiming my parenting as part of my inter­sectional feminist practices. In June 2016, I wrote a piece about intersectional feminist parenting (it was published on Ravishly.com). Here’s an excerpt:

'My beliefs about people’s rights, including my own, are a significant factor in how I define myself, how I identify, and how I treat other people. And since I am, in fact, raising people, my approach to parenting must reflect those beliefs too. Otherwise, I risk robbing my daughters of the same sense of personal agency and social responsibility that I believe promotes more confidence and compassion among people in the world. Our society treats children as a group that cannot be trusted and that needs to be guided, usually through punishment, physical violence, forced education, and little to no input into how they spend the majority of their time. I disagree wholeheartedly, and I don’t want to perpetuate that narrative. Essentially, I see intersectional feminist parenting as a solution to the lack of spaces where young people can build con­fident autonomy in all aspects of their lives — even when their choices and lifestyle go against the beliefs, power, and inherent privilege of the adults in their lives. I’m talking about resisting the power and privileging of adulthood over youth (which some people call “adultism”). Parents who identify as feminist or as supporters of feminist parenting have different means of applying this idea to their everyday choices. The life topics are pretty similar, though — body positivity and autonomy, open communication, embracing diversity, practicing compassion and respect for oneself and others, doing away with gender-based roles, and embodying confident self-expression.'"

(Whole essay at http://ravishly.com/2016/12/28/5-ways-i-practice-intersectional-feminist-parenting )
learning so much and thankful for Mara's words yesterday about "mutual understanding." Feeling deeply ways that "mutual aid" is —only— possible through mutual understanding. Today has been called Thanksgiving and has represented such violence for so many. I am grateful today for all our Earth's first peoples, for increasing efforts at real community relief, and for powerful, caring friends who help hold space for transformative, nonviolent solutions.—-@maxmorris
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Important conversations re: imaginal community medicine; survivors need to be able to describe their symptoms in imaginal ways and be fully received as to their communications with professionals and others

I have a imaginal process of describing my symptoms of that I was violently dissuaded from using and it is still the most effective way for me to describe the progressions of symptoms I'm experiencing
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It is like the sesame street segment where the kid notices landmarks as they navigate unfamiliar pathways follows them in One direction and then follows them in the opposite direction to find their way home
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We are in the thick of this brave new something-or-other, making daily @NotesOnRefuge. Hey mainstream media: We *are* those nameless faceless people you keep mentioning. We were dying because of harmful public policies, corruption, and communities failing…
We are in the thick of this brave new something-or-other, making daily @NotesOnRefuge.

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We *are* those nameless faceless people you keep mentioning.

We were dying because of harmful public policies, corruption, and communities failing to care for one another.

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