Rad Reading: "Self-Care and Social Justice"

Image is a light blue background with red swirls at the top. The quote in the middle reads“We live in a society built on oppressive systems that constantly work to maintain power and break down marginalized people. Self-care is not some cute utopian inspiration for how to lead my life, but a tool to ensure that I’m not being broken down by the systems in place.” by Quita Tinsley 

Image is a light blue background with red swirls at the top. The quote in the middle reads“We live in a society built on oppressive systems that constantly work to maintain power and break down marginalized people. Self-care is not some cute utopian inspiration for how to lead my life, but a tool to ensure that I’m not being broken down by the systems in place.” by Quita Tinsley 

by Abaki Beck

Our reading this week is an accessible personal essay about the author’s journey to improve her self-care, as a black queer youth organizer. The essay provides real life examples of what self care is and isn’t - from sleeping habits to eating. The author emphasizes that self care is mandatory, particularly for marginalized people, as we exist in a world that does not value us. Secondly, she argues that self care must be an integral part of our routine, not cast to the bottom of our to do list or only done when we have reached the point of complete exhaustion. This easy read is an important reminder of how we should strive to treat ourselves - though it may be a difficult journey.

Read the full text HERE!