African Proverbs about Leadership

Originally posted on Kushite Kingdom:

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A shepherd does not strike his sheep. ~Nigerian Proverb

The foolish cannot be leaders. ~Kenyan Proverb

Rulers are like hills; when darkness falls, they all speak alike. ~Ugandan Proverb

The words of the elders become sweet some day. ~Malawian Proverb

The elders of the village are the boundaries. ~Ghanaian Proverb

A leader does not wish for war. ~Kenyan Proverb

A community without elders does not prosper. ~Mozambican Proverb

An elder can be advised but never insulted. ~Kenyan Proverb

If the owner of the land leads you, you cannot get lost. ~Ugandan Proverb

Two leaders do not fight in one house. ~Ugandan Proverb

Madness does not govern a country; discussion does. ~Ethiopian Proverb

Do not be a leader and use it to your own advantage. ~Ugandan Proverb

Patience puts a crown on the head. ~Ugandan Proverb

A leader in the community without a pot belly is a stingy man. ~Nigerian Proverb

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The Education of Black Children

Originally posted on Kushite Kingdom:

Black Girl

“The Afrikan American community cannot maximize its existence and quality of life unless and until it educates its parents, caregivers, and those who school its children, along lines appropriate to optimizing their mental and physical potential as well as their Afrikan consciousness, identity and common humanity. A significant part of the social chaos so typical of American society, in general, can be blamed on the fact that there is little, if any, formal preparation for full adulthood and responsibility.

The revolutionary change in the education of Afrikan children must begin with changes in the parent-child caretaker-infant relationship, followed by changes in the pre-school, elementary, secondary and post-secondary and school environments.”- Amos N. Wilson

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Are “Black Movies” A Prediction of Our Future?

Originally posted on Racism Is White Supremacy:

 

12 years a slave

While we spend MILLIONS of black dollars on Hollywood movies, like The Butler, The Help, 12 Years a Slave, Django Unchained, Red Tails, the Equalizer, and now Selma — where black degradation and passive resistance to white oppression are celebrated and ENCOURAGED…

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do not fall for the white supremacist hype

Most of us have NEVER stopped and asked ourselves three critical questions:

1.  Why are we trusting white supremacist Hollywood to teach us AND our children about our own HISTORY? The same history the same people LIE ABOUT in our history books?

2. Would the white people who control Hollywood allow black filmmakers to make movies about white OR Jewish History?  (I think we all know the answer to that question).

3.  What is the REAL message behind these REVISIONIST films?

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Most “black films” produced by Hollywood fall…

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Don’t forget about our murdered Sisters!

InnerStanding Isness:

Don’t forget about our murdered Sisters!

Originally posted on Kushite Kingdom:

Sistas

Our sisters are killed unjustly by the police as well. We can never forget that. If black women are willing to stand by us,then we should return the favor. We can not just stand by and say nothing when our women and children are killed. And we will never get any respect from other races unless we stand up and let our voices be heard. That’s what real men do!

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A list of unarmed Blacks killed by police

InnerStanding Isness:

A list of unarmed Blacks killed by police

Originally posted on Abagond:

Police Shooting

Here is a list of unarmed Blacks killed by police in the US. It is extremely incomplete. A complete list for just 2005 to 2012 would have at least 760 killings. I have only 6% of those. This list is just the tip of the iceberg.

Those in bold are linked to posts of their own:

2014: Victor White III (Iberia Parish, LA)
2014: Dante Parker (San Bernardino County, CA)
2014: Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, CA)
2014: Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO)
2014: Tyree Woodson (Baltimore, MD)
2014: John Crawford III (Beavercreek, OH)
2014: Eric Garner (New York, NY)
2014: Yvette Smith (Bastrop, TX)
2014: Jordan Baker (Houston, TX)
2013: Barrington Williams (New York, NY)
2013: Carlos Alcis (New York, NY)
2013: Deion Fludd (New York, NY)
2013:Jonathan Ferrell (Bradfield Farms, NC)
2013: Kimani Gray (New York, NY)
2013: Kyam Livingstone (New York, NY)
2013: Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr…

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Killed by the NYPD in 2013

InnerStanding Isness:

Killed by the NYPD in 2013

Originally posted on Abagond:

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In 2013, New York City police killed:

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1. Peter Jourdan, 37

date: January 3rd 2013
place: Fort Hamilton Parkway Station, Brooklyn
weapon: gun
crime: moving between subway cars
risk factors: paranoid schizophrenia

Three plainclothes officers said they showed their badges and asked for ID before Jourdan started shooting.

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2. Ryo Oyamada, 24

date: February 21st 2013
place: Queensbridge, Queens
weapon: none
crime: none
risk factors: pedestrian

Hit by a police car. Police lied, saying they put on their  flashing lights before they hit him.

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3. Kimani Gray, 16

date: March 9th 2013
place: East Flatbush, Brooklyn
weapon: none
crime: none
risk factors: stop and frisk

Police say he pulled a gun on them. Eyewitnesses say Gray had nothing in his hands. Protests and riots followed.

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4. Jackson Alexandre, 28

date: March 23th 2013
place: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
weapon: knife
crime: stabbed roommate
risk factors: madman

Came at police…

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The reproduction of racialized systems of social control

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The reproduction of racialized systems of social control

Originally posted on Neo-colonialism and its Discontents:

Over the past few days I’ve been reading two sets of texts and I couldn’t help but notice the striking similarity between them. The first text is Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and the second set of texts are articles on human rights and democracy as the new standards of measuring how civilized countries are.

In her book Alexander argues that the prison industrial complex is basically a transformed version of the Jim Crow system. Her main point is that following the civil rights movement and the collapse of Jim Crow, white supremacy had to find a new way to maintain racial inequality. This was done through two related processes: the War on Drugs and the expansion of the prison system. In other words, white supremacy persisted in a different form, and is perhaps even more dangerous because it is not overt anymore. No one is speaking about race…

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Because I’m Black? by Steven Ward, Jr.

InnerStanding Isness:

Because I’m Black? by Steven Ward, Jr.

Originally posted on Brothers' Quarterly:

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Hi

Hello

What’s up?

I heard you got into some really good schools.

Yeah, I guess it’s pretty cool.

How does it feel to know it was because you are black?

Hold on. Wait. You might want to take that back.

Why? We both know it’s true.

How about you think about if I were you?

What do you mean?

I have been told that since I was thirteen.

You see, I don’t know if you are trying to be mean.

But that’s how it seems. How dare you underestimate my merit.

Why I was accepted was not because of the skin I inherit.

Yet it was how hard I tried. So no need to be snide, because you didn’t get it.

But don’t devalue my wit, because you weren’t the perfect fit.

Now you are confused even though in my face you spit.

Hmmm. That doesn’t seem right. I…

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TRAUMA AND RECOVERY TOOLS

InnerStanding Isness:

TRAUMA AND RECOVERY TOOLS: “Doing Yoga daily helps you improve your Posture”

Originally posted on afreekalive:

“Doing Yoga daily helps you improve your Posture”

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Growing up in a SHYTSTEM/SYSTEM of racism/white supremacy, I was taught to maintain a posture and position of servitude.  Coming from where I’m from, when elders spoke, the “respectful” thing to do was to avoid eye contact and listen.  Looking in an adults face when being chastised was a sign and show of rebellion and was discouraged with a backhand.  In addition, those of us of a darker hue, were typically singled out for ridicule and name-calling.  “Blackie” was their favorite and keeping my head down and avoiding eye contact meant I could get where I was going without being noticed.  I lived my life with my head down either in a book or roaming around the hood and my shoulders sagged, weighed down under the foot of oppression.  I was made to think, feel and believe that I was unwanted and…

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Defining Race and Racism

InnerStanding Isness:

Defining Race and Racism

Originally posted on afreekalive:

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I’d like to share my working definitions of the terms “race”, “racism” and “racist”. My definitions are based on both the scholarship and scholarly works of those  in the fields of law, medicine, social policy etc. and my personal understandings and experience with race, racism and racist’.  I will also share my thoughts regarding the faulty and problematic use of the terms “systematic” and “institutional” racism’s. Finally, a suggestion is offered that is hoped to support individuals with taking active responsibility for producing a system of justice.

“Race” is a societal level* term used to identify an individual as part of a larger group that is joined together by a shared history, biology, experience and/or ancestry’. “Racism” is a system established in the U. S. that practices the targeting of one group to exercise power and control over their resources, individually and collectively with the use of intentional harm to…

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