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Read the following excerpt from an interview with educational theorist and black feminist writer, Bell Hooks.

Revolution begins in the self and with the self. I see among my students an eagerness to be engaged in social activism, but without the maturity of emotional awareness and stability that allows us to really look at a situation and say, 'What's my purpose here? What's the intent here?' On that level it's really important for people, those who are young especially, to engage in education for critical consciousness and to not think that just because they think sexism is wrong to get up and be part of some protest. Young people need to remember that it's important to really study and reflect on what our aims are, and what we can actually do. To ask questions like, 'what does this particular protest do?' Like with Black Lives Matter, find out what the acts of social change are that came out of that movement? Of course, it's a statement to just bring awareness, but what do we do after bringing awareness? It's not just Black Lives Matter or Occupy Wall Street, it's about how we take the emotional energy of social activism into an arena that creates concrete change in our everyday lives and in the lives of people around us. I am really big on working for change in the actual communities we live in, because so often when we engage a larger critique, and a larger protest, it doesn't have an impact on where we live.

Paraphrase Bell Hooks’s belief about social activism. Cite evidence from the text to support your summary.