Good luck with that! As I always say first we need to EDUCATE our people regarding their history-since they quietly took it outta of the schools. And then we have to rebuild our communities....street by street....neighborhood by neighorhood.
I got in a debate with a colleague about this very thing who says in order to eradicate racism, it must start with the community as a whole. I disagree. First it must start with "self-love" [teaching our children how to love themselves] within a micro system- which is the family dynamics....next meso system -which is the interrelationships associated with family, school and [neighborhood] friends and the connection that link all three together which will give not only social identity but social support. Once black people grow up in an environment based on these principles they will have the socialization skills to enter the next phase which is exosystem and have the ability to recognize social injustices in the macro system because they've been exposed to the truth about their identity at an early age-and that's power in that.
However, if you are in a neighborhood where you can't even WALK down the street without FEAR of being SHOT by someone who looks like YOU...or stand at a bus stop waiting for the transit to come....then it is impossible to reclaim the definition of racism, place respectability politics on the shelf and make politicians say the words mass incarceration. Cuz why? You're tooo busy trying to survive in the small world you live in. That's just fact. Cuz the only time I ever knew [since the civil rights movement] black people sticking together long enough to vote effectively was during the election of Barack Obama. And a day after, many black folks turned against him. Just that quick. Cuz why? He couldn't instantly make it better once he came down from the podium.
So we gotta break it down to bare root. And that starts at HOME, in the neighborhood and COMMUNITY. And it has to start with educating our own. Look.... they used to teach black kids in a one room shack with torn and very used books that massa's kids didn't want anymore. But! That one room shack with raggedy books created a "mass" of creative, brave, courteous, brilliant, super intelligent individuals who were limited socially but managed to make huge milestones for our people that got massa's attention which ultimately changed the outcome of blacks today. We don't HAVE that anymore. Black people are angry at each other for no reason. So how are you gonna get them in one room together without a fight? See? These beautiful words that black scholars are writing about change sounds soooooo good. But when you continue to hear the po po killing a youth on one corner while a black thug kills a black homie on the next corner...it's kinda hard having vision for a better day....and to make those in power accountable. Just is. I haven't seen any change...all I've seen is a rapid decline in our culture. So if massa is placing our people in a mass type of incarceration....who is responsible for putting most of our youth in their graves? We can't point the finger and then look the other way when we see our own doing the same. So justice has to come from within first...what you WON'T except from your own people.... before justice can travel onto the macro level of subculture and society.
The bottom line? You have to have vision to accomplish what is suggested in this article. And although many black people are visual...that it is just a temporary illusion of suspended stupidity[or non movement]. Once visual stops spinning, many black people find themselves back in the same weary circumstance prior to the illusion. Cuz why? They are not reclaiming anything. What they are doing is ACCEPTING unless of course the media trucks are there and its time to demonstrate. Other than that, many of us are exercising an injustice to ourselves on a micro level...so how in the hell are we gonna demand anything on the exo or macro level if we haven't even clean up our mess on the micro and meso levels....first? Impossible! So to me? All this is? Are words. Nothing more. Cuz black folks are STILL dying by the hands of own PEOPLE. And until we fix this? Everything else is beside the point. Just keeping it real yall. But! .