a meditation on tools

In the United States, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

In Japan, the nail that sticks out gets hammered in.

Audre Lorde famously admonished white feminists at a conference in 1979 that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”

Black and white line image of a hammer, screwdriver, and wrench.

If you are neither the wheel or the nail, you might start to wonder about your commitments to justice.

It might not be an honor to be the last one standing.

Does that make you a tool?

 

3 thoughts on “a meditation on tools

    • rebelprof says:

      Hi itanndy! Not exactly what I was thinking. Actually the opposite. I was thinking of the Japanese saying. If you are the last nail who hasn’t been hammered in, or you aren’t the squeaky wheel, if everyone else has been attacked in a repressive context but you haven’t, you are probably not standing for anything.

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