Identity / Quotes Filter
  1. “I carried shame from generations I had never even met. Generations who had shame imposed on them for nothing more than being the wrong people at the wrong time. Wrong stories, wrong skin. I have lived a life carrying things that were never mine to carry in the first place.”

    Identity
  2. “The ability to disconnect from your identity to engage with an oppressor is a privilege. The ability to disconnect from your emotions and values to engage with someone else’s hate is a privilege.”

    Academia
  3. “Just having a mix of people (diversity) doesn’t mean anything fundamentally changes. And tolerance is terrible; I tolerate my annual mammogram but I certainly don’t like or look forward to it.”

    Culture
  4. “It felt so odd to be so enclosed within a word, like I occupied a space—a space as small as their tongue. A coin perhaps, my value etched on the surface: gender: female, race: Asian, worth: half a regular person.”

    Identity
  5. “I spoke about achievement and beginnings, pausing and smiling as my voice reverberated. And I told God, privately, that I would saw off both of my legs and never take a sip of alcohol if only he would let me die somewhere other than up a holler in Lincoln County.”

    Family
  6. “We see this all the time in ‘allies’ in Indian Country — folks who may have entered into communities or organizing in a good way, but then take the label of ally as a check mark, rather than something they have to continually work at.”

    Commentary
  7. “To write feels like violence. All of us are mortal, but the text can survive long after its author: who are you, fleshy and contingent thing, who wants to live forever? To write is to stain clean paper, press sticks in smooth clay; in some sense always, to deform the world.”

    Essay
  8. “Responsibility does not just lie with the writer, because literature is, at its very heart, a collaborative effort. The reader is complicit in the creation of the story, bringing their own prejudices and ways of seeing the world.”

    Fiction
  9. “Besides, being single, married, or anywhere in-between should have no bearing on whether or not we pursue the things that make us happy.”

    Exploration
  10. “I should be able to ride one horse at a time, because I only have one ass. I fully realize that I can’t ride two horses at once, but just like my little boy, I want to.”

    Family
  11. “How far should I stray beyond my own areas of expertise and the research work I have done? What are the boundaries between discussing this research, offering my opinion, and ventriloquizing other people’s experiences?”

    Academia
  12. “It is my belief that Beyoncé is, quite frankly, sick and tired of misinterpretation and ignorance all together.” — The Gettysburg Compiler deconstructs Beyonce’s “Formation.”

    Commentary
  13. “For transgender and gender nonconforming people like myself, the question of what to wear to work becomes an exhausting question of identity and of survival.” Jacob Tobia at Neutrois Nonsense, on being trans and “professional.”

    Essay
  14. “I wish I could explain to you what it means to blindly trust your parents, only to realize that the injection you had been administered as part of a general checkup was testosterone. I wish I could relate to you how it felt, watching rapid changes take place on the battlefield my body had become . . .”

    Gender
  15. For kids who grew up in the 90s in Burundi (like me), every day was pretty much consumed with war and the ethnic baggage it brought. Again, it’s not like any of us had a choice. We were born into it.

    Identity