Pro Black

We all must raise our levels of consciousness around the darkness of this particular issue. White people, non-black immigrants, and others must engage themselves with a unique and special insight. Being pro black means you are willing to relinquish, acknowledge, and address your access to privilege had by your friends and family, in recognition of black people, and in recognition of humanity. To be pro black means you’re for every type of black person regardless of the type, as black people are not monoliths. To be pro black means to dismantle systems that oppress any type of black person.

-as stated by Donovan Thompson from @theGrapevine

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Take Responsiblity

Something I’ve noticed recently in our western systems is a lack of empathy. A willful blind eye turned to ignore the reality of others.

When considering this question I started doing a bit of research. Simply to give context to my concerns. What I found was something truly astounding, but somehow unsurprising. The system in which we live says that white American males constitute only 33% of the population. Yet, they occupy approximately 80% of tenured positions in higher education, 80% of the House of Representatives, 80-85% of the U. S. Senate, 92% of Forbes 400 executive CEO-level positions, 90% of public school superintendents, and 97.7% of US presidents.

It’s no wonder minority communities are feeling marginalized and misrepresented. People who aren’t us, nor understand who we are, represent us. And this is a problem of high magnitude.

So, with this knowledge, rather than sitting back and allowing the system to wrongfully reflect values we don’t uphold nor agree with, why don’t we take responsibility and encourage our children to stand up; engage our voices. Immigration laws, foreign policy, financial entitlement, and fear mongering would encompass the ideals of the colorful masses if we pushed ourselves towards a different transcendence. Imagine, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) having a faculty that reflected the diversity of its undergraduate body. What a wonderful time to be alive.

We must stand up and reclaim our narrative because now, more than ever, our communities are suffering, and our brothers and sister overseas are feeling the implications of a hegemonic power turning the blind eye to their suffering. An institutionalized violence and detachment.

No. An institutionalized violence and a glorified detachment…

Racism, a colonial entity

Certain colonial logic entrenches the ideals of racist values. For this reason, we, as consumers of our surroundings, must holistically examine the context of what we take in. Living in western centric societies such as Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and the like, we’re mandated to take part in primary and secondary education. For this reason, a large portion of our lives is spent in school. Approximately 1,300-1,600 hours to be exact (depending on the school system).

This large portion of our days reaffirms neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the concept that our brains mold to the environments, concepts, and ideas we’re presented. Our education systems perpetuate neuroplasticity.

Colonialism is a set of institutions, practices, and techniques to view others. From this statement, let’s first examine our history courses. The history curricula of the U.S ‘inadvertently’ glorifies western civilization. Although we can’t expect evenly distributed lessons for the entirety of the world, to casually deny the history, validation, and humanization of African civilization is to encourage the narrow-mindedness of students. To touch on the grandiose Egyptian civilization within a week, and devote months to the Boston tea party is to denounce the ingenuity, wisdom, and resilience of the African diaspora. Not only is this problematic, but to use Egypt as the sole representation of Africa is misleading. Not to mention that Egypt being a part of Africa is often times averted. And after all, Africa is the land of the impoverished, uneducated, and HIV afflicted.

Slavery, however, is the most overt mention of racism within our history lessons. With this in mind, we have become distracted when it comes to analyzing the mechanism in which colonialism is and was implemented. Our courses fail to dispel the myth that slavery was justified. Justified as an institution looking to the other as inherently less than.

Oftentimes, the strongest rulers in our history lessons were solely portrayed as western and Europeans who expended dominance over the entire world. Strong, with its positive connotation, described such rulers, while the barbaric means of achieving their power were often ignored. For this reason, leaders such as Christopher Columbus remain glorified without acknowledgment of the draconian methods of violence, slavery, and religious persecution imposed on the indigenous.

Because our education system fosters a glorified apathy for colonial mechanisms, acknowledging the problematic nature is not enough. It’s only by becoming conscious consumers of our education, asking questions, and challenging rhetoric, that we can foster a shift in our history courses. And from there, we can look into other institutions—the media, and sciences— for their mechanisms of utilizing neo-colonialism.

Women’s March

a moment in time

We stood there united

for a common cause

And suddenly

The world turned grey

many were exploiting others struggles for their own moral gain

yes it’s true

their reality is far from yours

however,

denying their truth by ignoring their claims

Avoiding to dedicate yourself to giving their burdens a name

neglecting to devote yourself towards their exchange

does for their cause nothing but disdain

for their cause nothing but silent pain