In Resilience Reflections we ask some of our contributors what it is that inspires their work, and what keeps them going.
Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin. He is the author of many books including Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully (Counterpoint/Soft Skull, forthcoming fall 2015), Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013); All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, (Soft Skull Press, 2009); Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005).
“I wasted too much time when I was young trying to be normal, trying to fit into the dominant culture”
“My biggest setback was being born white, male, middle class, and a citizen of the United States.”
“When thinking about economic inequality, most people focus on how to end poverty. I think it’s more important to end wealth.”
The Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne, which gave me my role model, Eeyore.