Look how far we have come…

After reading Audre Lorde’s essay and thinking about her words on how society in 1984 was ‘refusing’ to accept the differences everyone had, made me look at things with more of an open mind. I think that some of us, although we don’t mean it, automatically judge something that is not familiar or usual to us. Whether it be how someone presents themselves to the world each day, or even having Donald Trump as our President, everyone has feedback to give. Every day we face new experiences that almost force us to give some sort of judgement back, positive or negative. But it is those who let the negativity crowd their open mindedness and that will not accept different in their world, that oppress things that are unfamiliar to them. Lorde states that too often people use their energy on differences in our world because some people see them as ‘barriers’ or that they don’t even acknowledge the differences and simply ignore them.

Yes, it is a great shock that Donald Trump is now the President of the United States, and for many this election effects them for the worse. But instead of seeing how far America has come, instead a lot of people cannot get past this new ‘different’ in America. After reading Audre Lorde’s struggle to find her way in society after knowingly being a black lesbian, now in 2017 almost everyone has a safe haven, one way or another. People have become so much more accepting and open to different and change when compared to the 20th century. Of course not EVERYONE is open to different, but it is a start. This makes me wonder what America will be like in in another 30 or 40 years, and gives me hope that we will follow this uphill path in accepting change.

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2 thoughts on “Look how far we have come…

  1. I really really like how you pointed out and used Audre Lourdes’ analysis that that too often people use their energy on differences in the world because some people really do see them as barriers. It’s sad that people in our society refuse to adjust to anything that is considered too stray from the “norm” to be okay. I definitely think it’s fair to incorporate Trump into your analysis while analyzing topic such as the ones presented throughout readings in the class. His presidential position has caused massive up rises with feminism movements and a massive worry over the LGBTQ society. I completely agree with you that I hope in 30 or 40 years maybe things can change for the better; accepting our differences and empowering peace.

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  2. I appreciate how you connected Audre Lourdes’ analysis to the how people react to things that do not conform to societal norms. Understanding how racial slurs highly affected black people in society, being lesbian in addition to being black affected how society depicted her. Today, people are more comfortable with coming out as gay but in the past couple years it was seen as a crime and unusual. I can relate to this with personal experience; my friend knew he was gay for 4 years but he hid his true self to fear what society would say about him. He hid himself from his family and friends but after 3 years of hiding, he finally came out to the world and has been living happier than ever because he can be his true self. Like you said, I agree that now in 2017 almost everyone has a safe haven and being gay is not uncommon anymore. Sadly, there will always be people who do not agree with same sex marriage but since June of 2015, Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, which was a huge step in history.

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