Here are a few rays of sunshine to start out your week:
Artists Beth Nolte and Mitzi Sinnott have plans to start a “a nationwide campaign, with multiple billboards, in various neighborhoods displaying suggestions of a more courteous way of interacting with each other. … ‘Thank you, Please, Hello, How are you? May I, Excuse me, You’re welcome.’ they [We] believe these basic considerations are necessary for us to begin to coexist in a new way, All Here Together (on Earth).
Overall, white men run America. From nuclear armaments to the filth and jeopardy of New York City subways to the cruel mismanagement of health care, is there anything to boast about?
–On Call, ch. 5 (1985). Written in 1982.)
Let me just say, at once: I am not now nor have I ever been a white man. And, leaving aside the joys of unearned privilege, this leaves me feeling pretty good
–On Call, ch. 10 (1985). Written in 1984.)
Like a lot of Black women, I have always had to invent the power my freedom requires …
–On Call, ch. 9 (1985). Written in 1984.)
And finally, this reminder of our true empowerment from Abigail Adams:
I cannot say that I think you are very generous to the ladies; for, whilst you are proclaiming peace and good-will to men, emancipating all nations, you insist upon retaining an absolute power over wives.
But you must remember that arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken; and, notwithstanding all your wise laws and maxims, we have it in our power, not only to free ourselves, but to subdue our masters, and without violence, throw both your natural and legal authority at our feet.
–May 7, 1776
Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
–March 31, 1776