“Instead of asking, ‘What constitutes justice?,’ this philosophy asks, ‘What does it mean to experience justice?’ The form of that question is what makes the philosophy pragmatist. Charles Sanders Peirce wrote that the aim of pragmatist inquiry is to think about what the truth of statements means in terms of action—that is, to think of not only the concept, but also of what it means for the concept to be enacted in reality.”
— Deva R. Woodly speaking to the pragmatism component of radical Black feminist pragmatism, in chapter 2 of Reckoning: Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements
“Self care is really tricky for me because I don’t believe in the self in the way that people determine it here in this capitalist society that we live in. I don’t believe in self care: I believe in collective care, collectivizing our care, and thinking more about how we can help each other.
How do we collectivize care so that when we’re sick and we’re not feeling ourselves, we’ve got a crew of people who are not just our prayer warriors but our action warriors who are thinking through with us? Like, I’m just not going to be able to cook this week, and you have a whole bunch of folks there who are just putting a list together for you and bringing food every day that week, and you’re doing the same for your community too.”