All week I’ve been engulfed in his iconography and his teachings, in his likeness and his speeches. In every space I’ve gone I’ve been waiting to see the King in the last years of his life somewhere on display. The man who grew in his thinking and his understanding of human rights and the evils of White supremacy and capitalism. But that King seemingly doesn’t fit into this narrative we’ve all been fed.
What does success look like for you? How do you plan on measuring your success and in which ways are you holding yourself accountable? These are the questions we are asking teachers participating in our Woke Cypha. We are challenging them to be reflective in their practices and intentional in their approach. Make the commitment and be the change that you hope to see in 2018.
SB: This video is about 7 minutes long and because of that I won’t recap each and every minute, because we know ingesting too much of that trash kills brain cells.
What I will do is give you the Sports Center style highlight reel of the most insane Wypipo “Make America great again while sexually assaulting anyone you feel like in the process” rhetoric that stood out to me.
I love the saying, “If a man ain’t gon build, then he gon’ destroy.” So I ask you this:
How are we building our youth up? If we aren’t preparing them to live a purposeful life, that both helps build them personally, and in turn allows them to build up their collective community; then what exactly are we preparing them for?
Last Saturday night, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, yet another young Black father, brother, son and friend lost their lives to another senseless act of gun violence. Now while I didn’t know this young brother personally, being a resident of this community, I know these stories all too well.
I hope you see the value of solidarity in tumultuous times like these. Meek isn’t the perfect victim, but often times young men of color never are but honestly people, WE ALL WE GOT!
I grew up hearing, “African Americans are lazy and privileged” while “Africans & Caribbean people are hardworking, resilient.”