This comment from Toni Morrison has always pushed me to write about my own family history, in one form or another, whether as the book based on my walking tours, or as historical fiction. And to write in such a way that it touches on the continuing effects of that history, particularly with regard to sex trafficking. But does it really make any difference, or do any good?
She said, that the responsibilities of the black woman writer include writing:
“To bear witness to a history that is unrecorded”
How does that work bring into being newer tools, more apt for the problems that we need to solve today?
What do you think our world could look like if every one of us worked to bear witness to what could be, rather than what is?
I look forward to hearing your opinions on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.
We can really Do Better.
Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please. Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.
What would yours be, if you had time?
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs