This is a reflection made by mjfontaine, talking about what happened in Ferguson, Missouri.
[…]What we can do for our young people especially our boys is to educate them about the inconsistencies and the injustices in life that they may face from the system and the world they live in.
We have to ensure that they are aware of the huge implications of any of their actions as a young male in this society.
Most of all we must give them a great deal of unconditional positive regard, teach them integrity and hope so that they can make this world a better place..AND if this system fails them we can at least enable them to function in this world as an extraordinary individual and to create a wonderful legacy that others can learn from.
Are we educating the young ones about what it means to be Black? Are we educating the young ones about what it means to be a Black Male?
As a young Black Female person living in the West, I perceive that in the African-Caribbean community, the notion of race and blackness can be sometimes difficult to get across. The way my parents, who moved to Europe as adults, with a well developed mentality and cultural baggage, experience race is different from how I see it; so it happens that most of the times, they do not entirely understand the issues I have to deal with on a daily basis. Consequently it happens that I have to educate myself by myself, in order to understand where I stand, who I am and why I am what I am being told to be.
There’s an imperative need for tutors (being parents, friends, etc.) to educate those who do not fully understand what it is to be Black, and fight everyday to avoid the acknowledgement. It’s hard, but I think also that by acknowledging and understanding who we are, we can educate others to understand that we are one, regardless of the colour of the skin. Education is the avenue to social liberation.