I’ve been promising myself for a long while that I was going to start a blog. I have always put it off, because I was waiting to write that one essay that would really get the ball rolling. It would be smart, and thoughtful, and also just quintessentially me.
The standards turned out to be too lofty for just getting started. So I’ve changed those standards to some goals that I have for what this blog could look like. I want it to be honest, in the sense that it represents, as best I can, who I perceive myself to be. I want it to be a space where I publicly grapple with social issues that passionately grab me.
This is a sociology blog, because I am a sociologist. That is a big part of my identity. I freely acknowledge that I owe much about the way I think approach issues to disciplinary-specific training. Since I started studying sociology as an undergraduate in 2006, and I’m studying sociology now at the doctoral level, it would be easiest for me to always articulate and approach problems in a traditional sociological way. So I also want to challenge myself to think across disciplines, drawing from diverse academic fields.
I also want to hold myself to a certain level of transparency in terms of how I verbally think through my ideas – not relying on jargon and challenging myself to think outside the discursive boundaries that have been set my academia. The other major part of my intellectual growth is owed to the intellectual work of Black women intellectuals, many of whom perform their work outside of academia. Their work informs me too, and motivates me to be thoughtful always about everyone who is a part of a conversation about a given topic, regardless of academic credentials. Not all powerful work comes from academia – I doubt even that most of it does.
All in all, this site is meant to be a journey for me, where I grow into producing my own ideas, in conversation with others. I hope that along that road, I will make a substantive contributions to discussions of social justice, and that those contributions in their own little way, will chip away at systemic oppression against dis-privileged persons.