by Dr. Jenny Copeland
(Side note: this piece is not the result of original insight, but rather the result of labor from generous folks of color, as well as queer, transgender, disabled, fat, and other oppressed people who shouldered the task of educating people with privilege, such as myself. I would not have this perspective without their work.)
Silence. They say it’s golden. That it’s deafening. That it speaks volumes.
Silence can be powerful. It can be oppressive. It can build walls to hide behind.
In reality, it is all of these. All of these, and more.