Thinking through solidarity organizing, with an eye to how we can better live the change, as well as how we often slip in to colonial patterns when working together across distance and difference.
Oct 27, 2012
I am NOT Malala
I am not Troy Davis, and I am NOT Malala. The "I am 'x person who is oppressed'" meme has been growing fast, but seems to have reached a high pitch with the "I am Malala" campaign being promoted by no less than the The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.
OF COURSE I am horrified by the attack Malala faced, and of course, I totally support education for all, and the work of the special envoy. I just don't get why we have to pretend to BE Malala to STAND with Malala, and to support the campaign for education for all. I have so many more privileges, that I am clearly NOT Malala, and it seems appriopriative to say so. Maybe the intent is to be a version of the labor solidarity slogan, 'an injury to one is an injury to all', which of course I agree with, but it seems to deny and elide the huge gulfs of difference between me and Malala. The video on the I am Malala website (below) does not in any way try to build solidarity by showing HOW I might be like Malala, or how an attack on Malala is also an injury against me.
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