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by Abaki Beck. Text: The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action. Author: Audre Lorde. Quote to Highlight: “Where the words of. Audre Lorde is a self identified “Black Woman Warrior Poet” her work has changed the trajectory of my life, in fact it has changed the way the I. The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action has 13 ratings and 5 reviews. charlie said: within the war we are all waging with the by. Audre Lorde .

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Cecilia Majzoub marked lanfuage as to-read Aug 19, Many times Ive heard we live in a cancerous society today. Tenzing Lama October 15, at 3: I think this is a powerful statement. Black transformatoon have always been beaten down in every way because of racism and or sexism.

October 18, at 9: Teaching through Bruised Words — queequegs left December 12, at 1: Language both hinders and allows for truths to be told and written. Tenzing Lama October 15, at 4: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action by Audre Lorde

The surgery was completed, and the growth was benign. We can learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way transfomation have learned to work and speak when we are tired.

Within those weeks of acute fear came the knowledge — within the war we are all waging with the forces of death, subtle and otherwise, conscious or not — I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior. Lucy marked it as to-read Apr 04, The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an at-tempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.


Cody Concepcion October 14, at 9: Morgan marked it as to-read May 07, October 17, at Some of what I ex-perienced during that time has helped elucidate for me much of what I feel concerning the transformation of silence into language and action. There are no transformatjon topics on this book yet. Ingrid Ujueta October 16, at 1: Cheryl marked it as to-read Sep 13, I was going to die, if not sooner then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself.

I think one of the most important themes in this passage is empathy.

Rosamaria Noel marked it as to-read Actoin 02, Death, on the other hand, is the final silence. Your words could help another who is afraid to speak, and that could start a chain reaction, its just up to you to start it.

The only way to unite women of all different backgrounds and experiences is by breaking the silence. Death, on the other hand, is the final silence.

The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action

The principle for yesterday, the sec-ond day, was Kujichagulia — self-determination — the decision to define ourselves, name ourselves, and speak for ourselves, in-stead of being defined and spoken for by others. Want to Read saving…. Lists with This Book. Speaking up against the people in power led to deaths for many, and as normal humans, we fear death and pain.

Sailormouth Stay marked it as to-read Dec 17, Doyle rated it liked it Jul 08, Lorde was State Poet of New York from to What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? Less than two months ago I was told by two doctors, one female and one male, that I would have to have breast surgery, and that there was a 60 to 80 percent chance that the tumor was malignant.


But we are being the slave of of a crime that we have not committed. When you are near death, you regret all the things you have not said and not done. It is the breaking of these silences that have put us past the demons of the past in this country and every person regardless of age, race, class, or sex, still have way too much to do for the future to just sit back and quiver in fear.

Lorde makes a very powerful point on how silence is different when chosen opposed to when inflected.

Audre Lorde – Transforming Silence into Language and Action – We Tip the Balance

May of these women are afraid, and often will not fight against stereotype in fear of violent retaliation. Return to Book Page. One is not born a bride: Casey Mitchell marked it as to-read Sep 16, I was deeply moved by this article and the perspective of someone who feared they had nothing left to loose.

I personally think that the separation of sexes or race is masterminded by politics and the idea that if government allows certain laws, they will get the smaller people, distracted. And I remind myself all the time now that ifI were to have been born mute, or had maintained an oath of silence my whole life long for safety, I would still have suffered, and I would still die.