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“I urge you to examine your position” quotes Patricia Hill Collins as she provides Audre Lorde’s words with the intent for individuals to look at their works, fears, differences, sisterhoods and survivals and tackle what is most difficult for us all in order to understand how race, class, and gender affect our daily lives. Collin’s story stuck out to me with powerful and motivating references to her past that helped me understand how she got involved with revolutionary change. Her story of self stuck out to me in reading when she recognizes difference in power which had a great impact on the way that Collins approaches her work; when she moved to Cincinnati, she noticed a few kids who came to play with her daughter on the swings. They were White Appalachians who had missing yellowed teeth, wore old clothing and she could see their poverty was evident. “At least they’re not black” became a confiding phrase that allowed for bias by applying categories of race to objective conditions; Collins recognized how she was ranking oppressions and missing the suffering that was the main issue, not race. By sharing these types of personal, reflective moments, it helped me to understand how and why Collins was brought to break barriers within social constrictions and use those for betterment of social change. Collin’s story of us can be seen on many fronts; I can see that her organization is deeply rooted in assessing differences in privilege and oppression, and coming to terms with them as a foundation for social change within our discriminatory society. She speaks of a time where her experiences led her to classifying affluent white women as being superficial, arrogant, overly concerned with material possessions and a part of her problem. She watched a white woman down the hall from her trying to pick out which sweater to wear, the sweaters piled on her bed in all different colors. It seemed to Collins as if picking out this sweater was one of the most
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  • Spring '13
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  • Sociology, White people, A Great Way to Care, Patricia Hill Collins, affluent white women

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