In our session, we read part of the Kalief Browder story and discussed how so much of our practice as educators and as freedom fighters is about transforming pain to power. If you don’t know about the Kalief Browder story, check out the documentary on Netflix produced by our fave, Jay Z. In summary, Kalief was a young Black male who spent over 1,000 days on Rikers Island, 800 of those days in solitary confinement for a charge he maintained he did not commit.
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.
The other night, I got the much needed chance to just relax my mind and let my conscious be free. I was able to indulge in a few well needed and well priced might I add, Hennessy peach cherry whatchumacallits with two of my closest college homies. A bunch of drinks, a few Salmon burgers, […]
That prior to integration Black people understood that the only people coming to save us, were ourselves. After integration, after losing control of our schools, our churches, and our businesses, we became totally and fully dependent on the same group of people who spent centuries enslaving us.
Now, the hardest thing for Diasporic people to do, is to build community. And I’d argue that the most resistant group of people to build a true community are Diasporic educators.
Getting a group of Black educators to physically show up to a physical location and join forces in order to work towards the liberation of black folks…without receiving per session for it or even worse, if they have to pay…oh my…this is probably one of the biggest challenges facing CREAD as we plan out our Professional Development and Networking calendar for the upcoming school year.
Which leads me back to the fact that June is graduation month and the question heavy on my mind is what types of graduates are we turning out and sending forth into the world? Are we imparting the knowledge and skill sets that will embolden our children to go forth and fight for human rights and against injustice? Or are we simply preparing a generation of corporate drones? Prepared solely to be consumers in the global market, and producing little of substance. Are we creating change agents or the next generation of fame and money seekers?
So white people.
I’m going to make a vast generalization but Black people are afraid or hesitant of going to the doctor, because, well, white people.
White people think that Black people are super human, it must be because when they conquered this part of the world and killed off all the indigenous with their diseases and then realized that Africans didn’t die–that we are special.
I don’t know man.
“As we are collectively bombarded by vile acts of division and hatred by this administration, let us turn to Hughes’ words on this country. Listen and consider for today his poem, “Let America Be America Again” “