Black Sunday: Quilombos
Why Black Sunday?: A rant
Quotes to live by [in vain]
It's the point of school to get good grades?
I can just look it all up on Spark Notes, why would I read it myself?
Africa has no money, why would anyone invest there?
This is something a young man had said to his mother on mother's day, as i was seated next to them. it was hard not to crack up laughing, or move, because the restaurant was at capacity. these quotes stuck with me because they were clear examples of the miseducation and ignorance of my kin, my family, my fellow black people.
this is a trend in my work, because i work with people from all walks of life, with focus on the southside of chicago, where investment in education is the last thing elected officials care about. but, beyond that, you cannot teach hunger for knowledge, education, intelligence, etc. you have to want it. people like koonye west and republicans in general want you to believe slavery was a choice. that notion that you, and your ancestors are wholly at fault for your personal predicament, your family predicament, and racial predicament if you are black. critical thinking, pro blackness, and living under the assumption that their is pride in your existence, says otherwise. I use these skills and values often, but On my Black Sunday I will take the time and space to celebrate my ancestors, by relearning their history, my history.
*Organizers bridge activism with advocacy= showing up for direct social action, researching and sharing facts and observations around issues and communities, having a clear political analysis, and bringing people into the work - to address, dismantle, and build the powerful [organized people +organized money] structures of conflict and resolution.
This aspect of organizing must be a coordinated effort. It's not me standing on a street corner alone trying to yell at people to vote. And all the same, it is not me consistently educating all around me on every ignorant thing they say. That sounds like BURNOUT.
my private life, is not my public job, which is based in organization, collaboration, and coalition with my co workers, boss, and other orgs. in my private life sometimes i'll be silent, i'll cuss you out, i'll point out your fallacies, and maybe i'll shame you. It may not be 'civil' but it'll happen.
To a friend? not in the same way as a rando i don't know, why not? Public shaming is my favorite lost art, and in these hwite notions of 'civility' y'all have it all wrong. not challenging the status quo, your elders, your partners, your Neighbors.etc.
This spirit of education is one that is chosen. Black liberation in the sense of political education does not start with someone 'teaching it', it starts with desire.