Our class discussion on the Occupy Movement following the clip about Occupy Oakland immediately brought to mind the famous Audre Lorde quote that “the Master’s Tools will never dismantle the the master’s house.” In class, we discussed arguments that have been made against the Occupy Movement. Someone mentioned the common argument that they have not outlined goals and lack a leader. As was pointed out, however, these are intentional. The point is not to reform, but to change. I think this is where Lorde’s quote comes into play. While Lorde is discussing the ways in which women utilize patriarchal structures to exclude other women, I think the same idea can be applied to Occupy. The Occupy movement seeks to genuinely change the system, not merely adjust or reform it. The goal to override and start a new, better system, not work through the channels of the system to modify it. As Lorde argues, “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.” The current system that benefits only the few at the expense of the many doesn’t need just reform, it needs to be completely changed.
These ideas were present in the second video we watched as well. Something new has to be created, it can’t just be moved on to something or somewhere else. It stressed the need for something new to be constructed.
The Audre Lorde article can be found here:http://lists.econ.utah.edu/pipermail/margins-to-centre/2006-March/000794.html