I’ve heard so many people say that 2017 was trash and don’t get it fucked up, between the inauguration of this Psycho (which I refused to watch), the hurricanes and sexual harassment allegations being handed out like Halloween candy, it could be difficult to find the positive. However, I have a poster in my bedroom that says, Happiness is an inside job. In order for me to be happy, I realized that I have to be unapologetically Black and this post is dedicated to that CREAD principle.
White Supremacy is real and Lucas Joyner and this song specifically is the greatest example of it.
Despite the clear dopeness that existed; authors, commenters and friends of mine kept saying it was weak. That Joyner Lucas needs to try again.
Actually Damon Young’s post in The Root stated that Lucas needs to “ read a book.” Although, I did have the above issues with the video Joyner doesn’t need to “read” anything, to get it.
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.”)
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.
Coates does what thinkers do: he cites the original sources, this is the key difference between alternative facts and actual facts.
In the end I just chalked it up to Wypipo and their incessant need to eavesdrop on Black folk and our business.