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But who are you?
I'm a white working class queer identified bisexual mother. I'm an anarchist (libertarian socialist), an organizer, an activist. a citizen...that is, a person with documents allowing me to live where I live.

If you had to describe yourself, what community, race, or cultural terms would you use for yourself?
white. Whiteness shapes my perception of my value, my sense of entitlement to the world I live in and it's resources. As a white person I carry a huge, yet very light, load of privilege…that is, it's massive, but if I choose to ignore it, I can. At the cpst of my integrity and my sould, but nonetheless as a white person I have a CHOICE to ignore race. As an anti-racist white person, I do not make that choice but instead try very ahrd to centralize race in my life, to always remember I am white, to always think about, analyze, examine and explore what it means to be white and what responsibilities I have as a result.

Working class. In a country known for it's excess, I grew up poor, with hand me downs and minimal perks. Always there have been other people with less, but always more others with more. I grew up with a deep mistrust of people who get everything they need and I resent the vast economic inequity of this society and am committed to doing what I can to change it.

Counter cultural. I grew up on a commune, which was in many ways an alienating experience but it also made me who I am. I am still counter cultural, living collectively, raising my child in a made community.

Anarchist. I am an anarchist. That may not mean what you think it does. LOL.

My community is the radical anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist left community who are actively engaged in making change in this world. That is a local community, a national community, a global community; and being part of that community is a source of strength and love and hope. Without that hope the horribleness of the world today would be overwhelming.

Other elements of my identity include mother, bio-woman, bisexual queer, writer, lover, friend, daughter, sister, fat hottie, blogger, citizen, vermonter, farmer.

When other people or institutions in the community describe you, what racial terms do they give for the complexity of your lived experience?
White, certainly. That is the only racial term that applies to me.

Do you use the same descriptions as others? If not, why do you think there are differences?
Yes, I identify myself as white, but I include the other things. I think that identifying as white only is hard. Whiteness is nothing to be proud of, and because whiteness has been such an oppressive identity (oppressive to everyone else, I mean), I feel compelled to describe myself further than that. I am white, and it has shaped me deeply…but I am also more than white. That statement applies to everyone, just substitute a different race/ethnicity for "white"…but see, everyone knows whiteness doesn't define white people, but most white people forget that "blackness" doesn't define the full identity of black people, and so on.

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