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Andrea R. Canaan

  • It's as if we think liberation a fixed quantity, that there is only so much to go around. That an individual or community is liberated at the expense of another. When we view liberation as a scarce resource, something only a precious few of us can have, we stifle our potential, our creativity, our genius for living, learning and growing.

    • Andrea R. Canaan,
    • "Brownness," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • The enemy is brownness and whiteness, maleness and femaleness. The enemy is our urgent need to stereotype and close off people, places, and events into isolated categories. Hatred, distrust, irresponsibility, unloving, classism, sexism, and racism, in their myriad forms, cloud our vision, and isolate us ... We close off avenues of communication and vision so that individual and communal trust, responsibility, loving, and knowing are impossible.

    • Andrea R. Canaan,
    • "Brownness," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()

Andrea R. Canaan, U.S. poet, writer, counselor

(1950)