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Because I was not in class on Tuesday, I thought I would complete the "mantrafesto" exercise for Sommers and Brown that y'all did in this post. 

Brown: Silence can be a space to fight against dominating power structures, and breaking silence in a confessional style can substitute a partial narrative of an identity for the whole narrative.

Sommers: Authors of narratives concerning their identity may reserve the right to keep silent about their experience - difference exists between groups and may be retained through silence.

I think Lorde disagrees with Brown and Sommers over the interpretation of silence - where Brown claims confessions that break silence are misinterpreted and are used as a substitute for a whole identity, Lorde claims that "what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood."