What is the mission here? Well, I'm glad you asked. I've always been an idealist so I thought why not build that idealism into my business plans? Part of the reason why the identity of this site is so identifiably Black is because I see a great need to bring black people from all over the diaspora together. After all, the main reason why African peoples all over the world are disconnected from our collective identity is because of colonialism. We've all been affected by it in some way. This is why there is division between multi-generational African-Americans and immigrant African-Americans. Too many of us have had interactions with one another where one group put the other down, and I can't help but wonder if we understand that we do this because of the Western lense we all see ourselves through. This is only to say that it is never healthy to see yourself entirely through the perspective of a culture that is hostile towards you.
One thing I can say about personal growth is that I've learned to look inwards. Recently I had an interaction with a friend, and I was offended by something she did but I also had to realize that there was a deeper reason why it bothered me so much. Yes, we needed to talk and allow each other space to make things right but I also had to take responsibility for my part. I was as angry as I was because her actions were a reflection of things I have done in the past, things I didn't like about myself. I think that's how most people trigger each other in general. Sometimes we irritate other people solely because we remind them of the things they don't like about themselves. I had to learn that, then I had the opportunity to learn FROM observing it in action. As people, isn't this how most of us think? We even go so far as to say offensive things about their status as men or women based on our expectations or understanding and dehumanize them for not being like the majority of us. We "other" each other to the point where one group experiences tragedy and the other is completely disconnected from the suffering of the other. Where did that mentality come from? I invite you to explore that.
That's the goal here. As I create a space for allies, accomplices or whatever the appropriate term is these days, I see the power we could have in uniting to understand the battle we are really fighting is for human rights. I see the need for the people in the African Diaspora in particular to heal well enough to come to the understanding that what truly separates us rests on our shoulders. I'm hoping for our collective awareness to return to us through meaningful, honest and respectful conversation and relationships. While we as Black people are not responsible for dismantling institutionalized racism, I do believe that we have a responsibility to heal ourselves so that we can stand whole in the equity we are seeking in this country. We have allies that would like to help us and we have to be ready to receive those who can create change in spaces we cannot. We now live in a world where the greatest threat is bigger than any government oppression or conspiracy. Climate change will alter life circumstances for everyone and soon we will understand why human rights are so precious for all of us. Civil rights are nothing without human rights. We have humanity to gain by persevering through the challenge of facing ourselves and coming together. I think we're up for the challenge. Don't you?
Let's talk about it!
1) Mamiya, Lawrence A. “Malcolm X.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2019, www.britannica.com/biography/Malcolm-X#ref928937.