Want to Help Black People? Here’s How

As we know, there are fraudulent, compromised and conflicted people in our community who deem themselves “conscious” or “progressive.” They often demonstrate poor or inadequate analysis, pontificate about problems without offering solutions, offer solutions/theories without implementing them, develop ill-conceived or … Continue reading Want to Help Black People? Here’s How

How to Stop the Government from Sabotaging our Liberation Movements

Many Black activists, organizers and leaders have heard of “Cointelpro,” or the Counterintelligence Program created by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We make reference to this program whenever we discuss how the government assassinated Black leaders, created tension among and … Continue reading How to Stop the Government from Sabotaging our Liberation Movements

Black Empowerment Series: A Call to Create Liberation Schools in the Black Community

In an earlier essay addressing the issue of Black miseducation, I argued that – in addition to identifying, recruiting and training conscious Black teachers – we must use a multifaceted approach: 1.Build independent African-centered schools and home schools, 2.challenge and reform traditional public schools, and 3.create independent alternative after school programs to supplement the limited education provided in most traditional public and private schools. Pouring our energy into these efforts simultaneously is perhaps the only way to accomodate the educational needs of our 7.7 million school-aged children and youth. Any one approach is insufficient. This essay essentially asks Black activists, … Continue reading Black Empowerment Series: A Call to Create Liberation Schools in the Black Community

Thoughts on Black Consciousness Debates

Last year, I wrote a previous essay identifying issues the Black conscious community needs to resolve. One of the issues I highlighted was the inappropriate way we conduct formal debates in our communities. Because this is such an important and continuing issue, I’m dedicating this entire essay to the topic. I will begin with an excerpt from that article: We waste precious time debating issues that have already been resolved, or once resolved, push us no closer to meeting an important objective. Unless we’re trying to challenge patriarchy, what is the sense of debating if the Black woman is God? … Continue reading Thoughts on Black Consciousness Debates

Letter to the U.S. Government Or, “Suggestions for Ending Mass Shootings and other Domestic Horrors”)

December 3, 2015 Dear U.S. government, corporate conglomerates, and devil’s advocates: As you well know, this nation finds itself tortured by a disturbing epidemic of domestic violence. This takes the form of gang warfare and other community predatory behavior, anti-Black police brutality, suicide, sexual assault, and mass shootings.  This tumultuous scenario has yourselves and we citizen-residents predictably alarmed. This is especially true in the arena of mass shooting/killings. The San Bernardino shooting yesterday marked 352 mass shootings in only 336 days of 2015. What you don’t know – or at least do not acknowledge – is the primary role you play … Continue reading Letter to the U.S. Government Or, “Suggestions for Ending Mass Shootings and other Domestic Horrors”)

Avoid the “Sophomore” Path

The term Sophomore literally means, “Wise fool.” It refers to those who’ve read a little bit of this or been exposed to a little bit of that, and arrogantly feel they have a deep or masterful grasp of the subject at hand. That’s why we refer to a second year high school or college student by this designation. Metaphorically speaking, the second year student refuses to acknowledge and respect the greater experience and knowledge of upperclassmen who’ve been at the school longer and whose studies are more advanced. This student might even attempt to dismiss or disregard the counsel or … Continue reading Avoid the “Sophomore” Path

Should We Expect Support from ALL or MOST Black People?

In activist circles and via social media, you will hear/read Black people complaining that the larger Black community “Is not supportive.” Is this true? Is it even practical to expect hundreds, thousands or even millions of Black people to support our efforts? This essay will address these questions. Yes, it is true. Those we serve are not very supportive sometimes. We invite several hundreds of people to our event, but only dozens attend; We struggle to gather signatures for our online petition with minimum results; People “like” our product on Facebook, but don’t purchase it; People “like”  our articles but … Continue reading Should We Expect Support from ALL or MOST Black People?