Kanye West (Variety)

Written by Arielle Pierre

When we think about a more equitable world, or a more just world for the most amount of people, particularly in regards to those who have been the most marginalized over the course of our submission to statehood — we should no longer turn to the language of our forefathers — those who have constructed the very conceptions of statehood that constrain us. 

We should no longer flaunt with ‘power,’ ‘privilege,’ ‘domination,’ and ‘subjugation’ — and instead mobilize the very ideas we long for – ‘emancipation,’ ‘access,’ [and] ‘healthcare.’

For when we continue to nourish the concepts which have divided and annihilated us, we fail to refocus our resources on the themes which would empower us and free us. 

In order for us to succeed in achieving the world most suitable for ourselves, we must be strong enough to abandon the conceptions constructed to quiet our gut feelings about what we truly need. 

We must not be afraid to look for sources of change beyond the domain of ‘power,’ ‘domination,’ and ‘subjugation.’

We must create a new language. One which our oppressors must learn through education. We must create a new language which activates a sense of hope in the communities which have suffered the most from the conceptions of necessity created by the most elite factions of society and their ancestors. 

The ‘who,’ ‘what,’ ‘when,’ ‘where,’ and ‘why’ of power has been answered for centuries now, and it is time for us to act. 

We must have a new conversation which focuses on alleviation of the structural constraints burdened onto the most vulnerable portions of society — one that prioritizes emancipation over power. 

The language of power is dangerous in and of itself. The language of power mobilizes some notion of hierarchy which assumes that some social order exists which requires that some group or individual maintain some level of status at the expense of some other group or individual. 

The benefits of looking towards the future – towards emancipation – outweigh the costs of abandoning a centuries-old conversation which regards, most delicately, notions of ‘power,’ ‘privilege,’ and ‘domination.’

Written by Arielle Pierre

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