Water is Life

Residents of Cape Town have been living with strict water consumption restrictions, about 50 litres (or 13 gallons of water) per person per day. According to data provided from the U.S. Geological Survey website, on average, Americans use about 80-100 gallons of water per person per day. Imagine just being allotted 13 gallons of water per day to bathe, brush your teeth, cook, hydrate and do anything else you need to do that involves water?

The lynching

Friday, we went to the memorial. On the shuttle ride over, I kept on wondering when would this pain I was feeling end? When would this distance I was feeling evaporate?
When will this injustice against Black people be over?

And because my teacher brain is never turned off, I wondered, how would I share this experience with students? How would I prepare them to visit these sites? How could I ensure that they felt safe and full of self agency after their visit?

It is HARD to stand in the midst of so much pain and injustice and not feel hate.

Preparing for the College Beckys

Identifying, navigating and coping, or rather healing from racism is part of the knowledge, skills and dispositions that Black and Brown students need to prepare for college and careers in addition to mastering their content. As Chris Rock stated in his comedy special, Tambourine, schools need to have a White orientation and a Black orientation. I couldn’t agree with him more.

Marielle Franco: Black, Lesbian, Human Rights Activist and murdered at 38.

Franco, was unapologetic in her quest to create a just and equitable world for Black people, poor people, marginalized people.
I’m sure she was afraid.
It would be impossible for her not to be.
I’m sure her loved ones, feared for her safety.
In a place where, the police are the real terrorists, how could they not fear for her?
I’m sure she knew her time would soon come to an end.
How could anyone who was dedicated to ending anti black racism not be prepared for their death…their murder.

Clare-Hope Ashitey: Professional Black Girl

I totally get where they are coming from. What I see in her is a humanity that Black actresses aren’t normally allowed to portray. Women who may have flaws but at the same time are in constant progression and development. I definitely want to see strong Black female characters on shows, but I don’t want the portrayal of that strength to be devoid of their humanity, stripped of their right to be diverse, complex and flawed.

La Guarachera de Cuba: Celia Cruz

Cruz recast’s Gloria Gaynor’s famous “you’re not welcome anymore,” heartbreak anthem as a song about resilience and joy in the face of trials. The struggle for freedom, the tears for the friends we leave behind, the perseverance and the love for our people that carries us forward. The ancient song, hands on drums and feet dancing, the blood of our villages that we carry across all borders and barriers, into spaces that do not always love us but where we must love in order to survive.

Uplifting Forgotten Mujeres: The Story of Activist & Combatant Yolanda Guzman

After Bosch’s expulsion from the country, Guzmán participated in several protests. She visited jails and brought political prisoners food as well as helped single mothers gain access to sewing machines, milk and bread for their children. She told her mother Doña Beatriz of her plans for the revolution and would often entrust her with preparing and delivering food to political prisoners and revolutionary leaders.