What I should have researched+mentioned: The origin of the term caring communities

I was acting ignorant when I wrote my last blogpost about ‚caring communities‘ without enough research. I wanted to hear my own thoughts and feelings towards that term that someone used in a conversation with me and that was completely new to me.

I have this ‚take a personal experience as a starting-point‘-approach, but it was definitely not O.K. and ignorant, that I didn’t invest more effort into more research after I put my own thoughts down. Before I clicked publish, I should have done that.

I found a few German blogposts, if you just google caring communities, there will be a lot of stuff concerning elderly people, and I found few posts in German (my last blogpost exists only in a German version) that were about queer and disabled people in caring communities. I posted links to them on twitter.

I realized only today, after I have been critized, and the critic is justified, that all the authors of the German texts I posted afterwards might be white. And it matters who created that term that gave me a space to think and feel around.

I was told today, that Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, a queer, disabled femme of color, a writer, performer and teacher coined that term, and on her blog brownstargirl.org you’ll find a lot important work about intersections and about caring communities. She is also a great thinker regarding class. ( Class as intersection in this article about disability justice http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/for-badass-disability-justice-working-class-and-poor-lead-models-of-sustainable-hustling-for-liberation )

Intersectional women are often the ones who develope new terms as tools for liberation.

And I apologize that I did not research until finding the origin of the term.

I should have mentioned that I write from the perspective of a person that experiences ableism, classism, limited health and limited economical power, living a precary life, but possessing white privilege. And taking an inspiring term, forgetting, neglecting to search for the source, is very common for people with white privilege. I wouldn’t have thought I’d do that myself, so it’s good someone pointed at it. And I think this is endlessly frustrating for intersectional women when this happens. And I am sorry that I added something to that frustration, I have to do better.

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