"Homophobia and heterosexism mean you allow yourselves to be robbed of the sisterhood and strength of Black Lesbian women… Yet we share so many concerns as Black women, so much work to be done. The urgency of the destruction of our Black children and the theft of young Black minds are joint urgencies. Black children shot down or doped up on the streets of our cities are priorities for all of us. The fact of Black women’s blood ﬂowing with grim regularity in the streets and living rooms of Black communities is not a Black Lesbian rumor. It is sad statistical truth. The fact that there is widening and dangerous lack of communication around our differences between Black women and men is not a Black Lesbian plot. It is a reality that is starkly clariﬁed as we see our young people becoming more and more uncaring of each other. Young Black boys believing that they can deﬁne their manhood between a sixth-grade girl’s legs, growing up believing that Black women and girls are the ﬁtting target for their justiﬁable furies rather than the racist structures grinding us all into dust, these are not Black Lesbian myths. These are sad realities of Black communities today and of immediate concern to us all. We cannot afford to waste each other’s energies in our common battles."
"…[W]e have lost sight of the simple fact that the only difference between a history, a theory, a poem, an essay, is the one that we have ourselves imposed."
— Malea Powell, “Listening to ghosts: an alternative (non)argument.” Alt Dis: Alternative Discourse in the Academy. p. 15
"It is by small acts and insights that change occurs, through a process of critical remembering. By broadening the parameters, pushing the boundaries to their extremes, we reach logical and often illogical conclusions. We begin to alter history. Growing up, I heard too many Asian and Asian American women tell stories of wars and deaths. So often this is all America wants to know or will believe about our lives. The stories they demand are constant and unchanging; the images of us silent, fixed, and suffering."
— Patti Duncan, “history of disease.” Q & A: Queer in Asian America. p. 164.
"The danger lies in ranking oppressions. The danger lies in failing to acknowledge the specificity of the oppression. The danger lies in attempting to deal with oppression purely from a theoretical base. Without an emotional, heartfelt grappling with the source of our own oppression, without naming the enemy within ourselves and outside of us, no authentic, nonhierarchical connection among oppressed groups can take place. When the going gets rough, will we abandon our so-called comrades in a flurry of racist/heterosexist/what-have-you panic? To whose camp, then, should the lesbian of color retreat? Her very presence violates the ranking and abstraction of oppression."
— Cherríe Moraga, “La Güera,” Loving in the War Years: lo que nunca pasó por sus labios. p. 44-45.
"I am the daughter of a Chicana and an anglo. I think most days I am an embarrassment to both groups. I sometimes hate the white in me so viciously that I long to forget the obligation my skin has imposed upon my life. To speak two tongues, one of privilege, one of oppression. I must. But I will not double-talk and I refuse to let anybody’s movement determine for me what is safe and fair to say."
— Cherríe Moraga, Loving in the War Years: lo que nunca pasó por sus labios. p. xiii.
"By decolonizing and then re-politicizing our bodies they become sites for activism and embodied theory; for memory and reinvention; for pleasure and penance."
— Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy p. 11.