Quoting Audre Lorde

I have learned that oppression and the intolerance of difference come in all shapes and sizes, and colors and sexualities; and that among those of us who share the goals of liberation and a workable future for our children, there can be no hierarchy of oppression.

My people cannot possibly profit from the oppression of any other group which seeks the right to peaceful existence. Rather, we diminish ourselves by denying to others what we have shed blood to obtain for our children. And those children need to learn that they do not have to become like each other in order to work together for a future they will all share.

Within the lesbian community I am Black, and within the Black community I am a lesbian. Any attack against Black people is a lesbian and gay issue, because I and thousands of other Black women are part of the lesbian community. Any attack against lesbians and gays is a Black issue, because thousands of lesbian and gay men are Black. There is no hierarchy of oppression.

I cannot afford to believe that freedom from intolerance is the right of only one particular group. And I cannot afford to choose between the fronts upon which I must battle these forces of discrimination, wherever they appear to destroy me. And when they appear to destroy me, it will not be long before they appear to destroy you.

Excerpts from There Is No Hierarchy of Oppression, I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde.

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