Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider

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When I was a senior in High School I completed a final project that prompted me to choose a literary work written by an individual with different life experiences than my own, write a research paper explaining the author’s background, and compare how this author’s environment influences their interpretation of the world versus my own. I went into the project believing it to be another time-waster activity that would finally secure my high grade in the course. Unknown to me, this project would catapult me to pursue a career of social justice. I chose to read Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. The book is collection of fifteen essays that use Lorde’s experience as a Black lesbian female to construct a critical social…show more content…
Why were we not screaming for the children who could not speak for themselves? I went on my first mission trip when I was thirteen years old. As a child myself, I did not fully understand the inequalities I saw; I merely recognized they were there. I felt a deep empathy for the children who had lived vastly different and harder lives than me. There were kids my own age who wore shoes that were three sizes too small, who walked a mile to school, and who faced constant adversity socially, economically, and personally. I questioned: what made us so different that I would never share a similar experience? This empathy and my awareness of injustice continued to grow over time. I fell in love with service work and continued to go on mission trips each year until I graduated High School. To me, it was what gave my life meaning. While I concede my input for a few weeks every summer would only temporarily treat the symptoms of the population rather than solve the problem, the experience would drive me to pursue a career where I could truly make a difference. I had come to realize that had I been born a different race, ethnicity, or in a different location, my experience would be vastly different. Because of this, I was interested in the people; I wanted to learn who they were, what had made them that way, and where they saw themselves going. I enjoyed working with children the most. They are the ones who still have hope, who have dreams, who do not realize
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