Introduction The Black Panthers challenged us to “be part of the solution or part of the problem.” Sure, this approach is oversimplified, but powerful nevertheless. As we languish in the enormous sea of poverty, corporate domination, miseducation, violence, and government corruption, we can feel overwhelmed and yield to the temptation of apathy and indifference. At times we hear the negative and paralyzing whispers of doubt, fear and confusion that discourage us from getting involved: Better people than me tried to change things, and they failed. I don’t have a high school diploma or college degree, so how am I going to … Continue reading 5 Practical Things We Can Do To Improve Our Condition
Some elements of contemporary African-American literature – with its focus on erotica and gangsterism – constitute a sharp departure from the rich history of literature Black people produced from the 18th to 20th centuries. Classic poetry, slave narratives and novels both demonstrated Black humanity and intelligence while providing strong critiques of the American sociopolitical order. Mainstream (white) America questions the value and relevance of Black literature (which makes sense given that it questions the value and relevance of Black people) , but this essay will demonstrate that the Black experience in America, and Black people’s efforts to express themselves, advocate for themselves, … Continue reading Themes of Liberation and Justice in Classic Black Literature
So many issues confront the Black community with such intensity that we often become paralyzed in our efforts to address the issues. Where do we begin?What is the most pressing issue? What issue confronts the largest numbers of our community? Who should lead? How do we inspire people? These are the questions we ask, attempting to make sense of it all. Some of us suggest that education is the key, while a chorus of others suggest economics, religion, political reform, family values, and the list goes on. I tend to agree with brother Malcolm’s analysis. A strong proponent of nationalism and … Continue reading We Need a Spiritual Revolution!