Black people’s concern with the U.S. public education system – it’s intent, policies, curriculum and practices – is longstanding. Our forced entry into the colonial system -later the United States- was anything but fair and democratic. Whites brought us here to exploit our labor and amass their industrial and agricultural wealth- at our expense. Craftily and wickedly, they used laws, propaganda and coercion to solidify our servile and powerless position in the social hierarchy. Education therefore, was an important weapon in their attempt to maintain and expand white supremacy. In other words, education as it related to Black people was hegemonic, not … Continue reading Conscious Black Educators Must Take our Rightful Place in the Movement to Educate our Youth!
Anytime you read or hear an organizer, leader or spokesperson discuss their ideas, policies, concerns, solutions or projects, you are observing elements of his/her ideology. When these ideas come across as contradictory, confusing, ridiculous or scattered, we are witnessing either their … Continue reading Ideology and Dogmatism Vs. Black Power
I’d like to think that my essays/articles have meaning or resonate with a wide circle of reasonable people. However, my unashamed focus is always on helping Black people in particular to “Wake up, Clean up, and Stand up!” Throughout my … Continue reading Who are We? A Question of Identity
Before we can stand up in unity and acquire true power, we must be crystal clear about our condition. This becomes difficult when some of we Black folks enable our dysfunction with inaccurate or self-defeating ideas or beliefs. Let us … Continue reading 4 Ideas I Reject (and maybe you should too)
Today – January 15, 2016 – marks the 87th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. Today through his holiday on Monday, we will reflect on his message, mission and moral mandate. Much of what transpires on his holiday is predictable: … Continue reading Dr. King: Beyond the Myths and Propaganda