So this past week we all voted and made the decision to re-elect Barack Obama. (Woot-Woot!) However, now that he is re-elected I am lead to think about two things. The first: how will those of us who care about the issues of the poor put pressure on the president to make it a priority on his agenda? (Read Accountability) The second: how will we continue to understand race in the age where a Black president is elected into office (twice)? When many begin to decipher the social meaning of race in the United States they feel as though they must delve into theory, ideology, and praxis. However, to examine race I need not go any further than my own experience as a racialized body in this world. While some may not have been forced to think about the social, political, economic, or cultural meaning of race, I—on the contrary—had no choice. That is to say, I am a Black man. And even though those words seem so simply written into this blog, that reality becomes a lens unto how I see the world and how the world inevitably sees me. This is a lens that still makes me nervous to pass a white person on my university campus at night, because they far too often are afraid. A reality and lens that makes me code switch into a particular vernaculars when I’m mentoring black youth in inner city Chicago versus interning downtown at a foundation. This is a lens and reality that has made me hyper-conscious about how I live my life. This includes thinking (daily) about how I wear my hair, how I dress or present my self in any public forum, and how I interact with my classmates, colleagues, professors, ect. As we all know from this last presidential race, Barack Obama has some of the same tensions with how engages with the world.
Why take the pledge?
Far too many Black youth continue to be demonized, criminalized and murdered.
Enough is enough!
In response to this intensifying crisis, the Black Youth Project (BYP) has launched “The Pledge.”
With “The Pledge,” we are asking individuals and organizations to close ranks around black youth and make a commitment to take action and fight with black youth as they confront a relentless crisis. We at the BYP believe that each person can make a difference by doing something!
By taking The Pledge we not only articulate our concern about black youth, but symbolically unite our voices with others who will work to confront this crisis.
If we each take action, whether it is starting a group, signing a petition, or mentoring a young person in your neighborhood, then we all become a part of the solution.
Stand With Black Youth!
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