Why ‘Being the Change’ is Not Enough

I’ve read this piece before (on FLY Cambridge before I had my own blog) but TBH is my favourite blogger and I was having a bit of a stalk of her old posts and came across it again. This is a post I read over a year ago but I still think about today because it’s something that really resonated with me and is still becoming more relevant for me with each day.

The Brown Hijabi

‘You must be the change you want to see in the world’. Gandhi, of course, famously said this and every ‘liberal’ ‘leftie’ has at one time had it as their iPhone screen background in the course of their teenage-hood. It sounds inspiring, liberating and rewarding, but I’m sorry to say, its sentiment is one of the single most dangerous fallacies of our time.

First it must be said that there is and must be merit in simply ‘being’. ‘Being’ can be very political if, say, you are existing in a space not meant for you. ‘Being’ can be much more than a passive state and become an active form of rebellion when you are ‘being’ a member of a  marginalised group in a space that is difficult to navigate (say, for instance Cambridge University…).

However, it also has to be said that this idea of simply ‘being’ the change…

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