How Does One Break the Silence about the Pain?

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What does #LoveWITHAccountability look like?

"If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoy it." ~Zora Neale Hurston

The rhetorical question most especially in instances of unspeakable violence is how does one break the silence about the pain?

So often victim-survivors of child sexual abuse, adult rape, and white supremacist violence are either encouraged/coerced to mute their pain OR not display any residuals of anger or outage when discussing their pain. More often than not, the feelings of the harm doers/perpetrators AND bystanders supersede the actual violence or harm that was caused.

A Need for Awareness on ALL forms of Violence

It’s excruciatingly painful to read comments AND tweets that contextualize, explain and/or condone intra-racial (so-called) personal violence. Some of the language in defense of rapists/batterers/molesters mirrors the same EXACT language that I hear/read in defense of the police, white supremacists and/or the military.


We, People of Color, MUST HAVE the SAME RAZOR sharp, ACUTE awareness about Hetero, Queer, Cis, Gender Non- Conforming, and Trans* domestic violence, rape, child sexual abuse and other forms of family/intimate partner violence that we have about police murder, white supremacist violence, militarism, colonialism and imperialism… If we don’t, NONE OF US will be SAFE or FREE.