As someone who has worked (and is still working) to develop a healthy sense of who I am and to detach my sense of worth and love from others, I have long thought about what teaching self-love would look like for my kids. I was able to answer some of my questions when I worked as a Social Action Teacher at an elementary school in Washington Heights last year.
In actuality, I’m moving into 2018 with Black subscription services in order to buy my detergent, toilet tissue, tooth brushes, tooth paste and paper towels exclusively from Black owned businesses and producers. Thank you We buy Black.
On Thursday, while we celebrate Thanksgiving, Native Americans and supporters will gather in protest to mourn their ancestors, the genocide of their peoples and the theft of their lands.
My point is that settlers = militia = gov’ment = land = money = power..
When we talk about Dr. King’s “triple evils” of Capitalism, Racism, and Militarism…
And so the Irish and Indigenous American connection made for me on this pilgrimage refocused my work and my values. I saw the impact of White-centered colonialism in a wide-lens. And I saw the power of service and allyship in the face of what feels like unending oppression.
November is Native American Heritage Month and though I pride myself on being knowledgeable about the histories of people of the African Diaspora, I had to be real with myself, there is still so much I don’t know about the histories of my Native American brothers and sisters. Thinking of the importance of this solidarity led me to explore the topic of Black/Native American resistance.
Coates does what thinkers do: he cites the original sources, this is the key difference between alternative facts and actual facts.