Ethnic Studies Essay

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Gloria Jean Watkins was born September 25, 1952 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She is an African American intellectual, whose negative educational experience inspired her to develop a strong feminist activism, and to write over thirty books where she promotes communication and literacy as fundamental elements to develop healthy relationships and communities, and community and love as the basis to overcome class and gender barriers.

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She has established herself as a leftist political thinker since her first book, and has written mainly on the impact of sexism and racism on black women, as well as the role of the educational systems and the media in the devaluation of black womanhood. Although, as we can understand in "Teaching to Transgress", se is not a fundamentalist nor is she a negative activist, but rather, she strives to expose negative aspects of reality which are wrong, but she also makes a real effort to elaborate and describe positive solutions. I found an interview on the Internet where the author makes the following claim:
To me, all the work I do is built on a foundation of loving-kindness. Love illuminates matters. And when I write provocative social and cultural criticism that causes readers to stretch their minds, to think beyond set paradigms, I think of that work as love in action. While it may challenge, disturb and at times even frighten or enrage readers, love is always the place where I begin and end.
A central theme of all about love is that from childhood into adulthood we are often taught misguided and false assumptions about the nature of love. ...
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