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Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde review – prophetic and necessary

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The black lesbian feminist writer and poet, who died 25 years ago, is better known than ever, her words often quoted in books and on social media

This is the first edition of Audre Lorde’s writing to be issued by a UK publisher, which isn’t to say it will be the first time British readers will have encountered her work. Even those who haven’t yet engaged with her incandescent prose and poetry might have come across individual lines, quoted in other writers’ books and essays, and on social media, such as the titular exhortation: “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.” Other lines include: “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”; “Black feminism is not white feminism in blackface”; and “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. And I am not free as long as one person of colour remains chained.”

Lorde seems prophetic in the US of 2017 in which a misogynist president has white supremacist followers

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Lorde kept speaking up by writing about the ongoing struggle to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish

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