Faith as The Spiritual Discipline of Healing

I think the spiritual practice of faith has been one of the most important components of my own anti-racist identity development.  As anyone who read “Stamped from the Beginning” will remember, faith in God was often a frustrating thorn in the side of White supremacy.  For me to have faith in something greater than myself, I must admit that I’m not the greatest.  

For me to believe that there is a greater vision at work for every human being, I must admit that ultimately I cannot control them, and that actually, to try to control them is a violation of their sacred humanity.

Black Boy Purpose

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?

Collective Work and Responsibility

Lots of times when I bring up Kwanzaa to my family and friends, they react in one of a few ways:

The sigh: You know the sigh, it’s the: “not this shit again,” sigh. The: “here you go on that Black shit again.” sigh. Or the: “why you trying to take away Christmas from me?” sigh
The awkward silence: You know the blank stare and “why you have to bring this up again” silence. Or the maybe if I just don’t respond you will stop talking silence.
This shit is made up defense: This is my favorite, people will argue to me that this holiday is made up and therefore we don’t need to celebrate it. Ummmmm, aren’t all holidays made the f up. So, because this was made up in our lifetime means that it isn’t valid?

Bullets over Brownsville

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.

The Radical Possibilities of Love

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.

Dollar Dollar Bill? (Economics and Ujamaa)

Standing in opposition to this school of economic thinking is one of our core values at CREAD, one of the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba: Ujamaa.

Ujamaa is a Swahili word for the village that raises those kids, the “extended family” or ‘community’ that works together (co-labor-rates), takes ownership and manages together (co-operates), solves problems and invents solutions together (co-creates), and organizes and decides together to create power and resources (co-ordinates, “ordinare” is Latin for “ordering” or “organizing.”)