I recently saw the controversial Harriet Tubman movie. As a community organizer and educator, I put forth a call-to-action asking Black people around the world to organize community field trips to watch the movie and intelligently discuss it, then create community initiatives to help “liberate Black people from bondage” TODAY. I followed that with a video asking why ADOS supporters were attacking and even boycotting the film. The popular critiques from the film’s Black opponents are: 1. It depicted a brutal Black bounty hunter who killed a free Black anti-slavery advocate. 2. It made certain white folk seem heroic. 3. … Continue reading In Response to Criticisms of the Harriet Tubman Movie…
Black entertainers have sadly and in reactionary fashion, adopted materialistic values, standards and priorities. They have become the new corporate mega-poster boys & girls of capitalism. A brief scan of news media will uncover tons of commercials, press conferences and endorsements featuring the melanated faces/bodies of celebrated Black athletes, entertainers, actors, etc. They preach the “gospel” of credit, investing, buying private property, etc. They participate in conspicuous consumption by purchasing luxury (European) vehicles, extravagant homes, couture fashion,dream vacations, private planes and private education for their children. To receive tax breaks, create positive public perception of themselves, or satisfy social activist … Continue reading To Understand and Defeat White Supremacy We Must Understand IMPERIALISM and CAPITALISM!
We appear to confuse and misrepresent the true power of education or any entry to sites of power in the United States. Far too many naive or devoutly bourgeois Black parents view the education of their children as a source of personal prestige or “self-empowerment” rather than as a nation-building opportunity to gather information, tools, skills and networks to protect and liberate their people. Black youth for example, are sold on the idea of college or vocational education as a means to craft a career, sustain their families and purchase property. They knowingly or implicitly keep the “illusion of inclusion” … Continue reading The Illusion of Inclusion
The creation of the Internet and the emergence of social media platforms is a mixed blessing. On one hand we applaud how this development broke the corporate hold on news and political expression. Indeed, the vast majority of information we receive via American media (and from which we develop opinions) comes from five corporations: Viacom, Disney, Time Warner, Bertelsmann, and News Corp. By disrupting this old boy media monopoly, the Internet has undoubtedly helped common citizens to realize and broaden their free speech and free press rights. This development has facilitated worldwide unfiltered, on-the-ground news coverage to which we previously had … Continue reading Black Social Media Commentators Should Be Competent & Qualified!
The Black Liberation Movement/Struggle throughout history helped our people to wake up, clean up and stand up.” We became aware of our connection with Africa and the Diaspora; We straightened our backs as we demanded and fought for justice; We … Continue reading A Message for Black Feminists, Black Nationalists, and Black Members of the LGBT Community
Our enslaved ancestors were ACTIVE agents of their own liberation. Some chose education, escape, revolt, suicide, breaking tools, work slowdowns and other forms of resistance. My Grandparents’ generation boycotted, marched, made legal challenges, wrote and spoke against injustice, created organizations, … Continue reading I Dare You to Read This!
This post is written in blood red to represent all the African/Black people who’ve been murdered by law enforcement agents in the United States. For the love of God, Black people, and for the sake of our current and future … Continue reading How do we Stop Racist Police Brutality?
I have found over the years, that the people who make the greatest impact on society are those with passion and vision who are willing to take calculated risks and able to organize others to join them. Movements target … Continue reading Understanding the Dynamite Sticks and the Fuses
Today – on what would have been the 91st birthday of Malcolm X – I am pleased to officially announce our new YouTube channel. It is called “Black Liberation University,” and I will take some time in this article to explain … Continue reading Black Liberation University: A New YouTube Channel
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!