Women Reflect on Race and Friendship
Edited By Kersha Smith and Marcella Runell Hall
UnCommon Bonds is a collection of essays written by women representing multiple identities; all uniquely addressing the impactful experiences of race, ethnicity, and friendship in the context of the United States. The essays unapologetically explore the challenges of developing and maintaining cross-racial friendships between women. A primary goal of this book is to resist simplifying cross-racial friendships. Instinctively, the editors believe that there is a unique joy and pain in these relationships that is rarely easy to summarize. The essays reflect narratives that challenge assumptions, disclose deep interpersonal struggles, and celebrate the complex sisterhood between women across racial lines.
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Chapter 6: Marginal Friendship: An Exploration of Culture, Privilege, and Sisterhood (Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson / Christina Marín)
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An Exploration of Culture, Privilege, and Sisterhood
Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson and Christina Marín
And of course I am afraid, because the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation, and that always seems fraught with danger. But … tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there’s always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out. …
—Audre Lorde, from Sister, Outsider: Essays & Speeches
The sounds of a restaurant are heard—
people talking, dishes clanging, and soft music.
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