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by Yugen Farad Rashan
A few words
Black Wrinkles, Straight Face
by Yugen Rashad
My hope for younger people that identify with the noun " Black ". Listen people, one side affect of the term (Black) is the elevation of subjective thinking. Meaning, you the only one out here. Another is the idea "ghetto " talk and behavior in the public arena is the way to be. You hear the words "keepin it real". Look... we need to reconsider this term as 'hep' or valor. So let's take a closer look...
In my lifetime I believe objectivity is a better tool; when used, deploys sound perspective in a world filled with false alarms.
Here's how I reach this conclusion:
Critical thought (being objective) is a better response in practice.
Group think (subjective) lead to superfluous conclusion. Controversy, confrontation, and conflict, easily avoided by the exercise of more patience - and objective thought.
Having a chip on your shoulder (attitude) is like a heat seeking missle, with no zip code!
Additionally, we need to stop being amused by our unfocused response to the world.
And here's sound advice: There are Black people that make a living keeping you upset about life! They regurgitate slogans, histories, and terms that keep us angry, and a chip on our shoulders. After awhile, those chips become too much to carry, and we explode- over something not worth responding to in the first place. You know the cats, usually a guy. These Black Apologist make a living keeping the 'race' on alert, the world is about to explode. They detonate the bomb, they stir the pot, it is them that magnify the obvious. These cats live in a space of rage and revenge. They have a microphone, talk loud, and never open to the opinions of others. For them, its more monologue then dialogue. Try for one day to turn a deaf ear to these apologists that make money from our misery. You wont go very far in this world angry about everything! And, its unhealthy, in that your body is always at high alert, which can lead to heart and blood pressure issues. The data suggest Black people, especially men, have a higher risk of chronic, preventable illness.
This polarity in attitude is generational, too. Its passed down, but maintained by the apologist in our midst. Finally, I propose a higher level of detail:
Ghetto, is a coping mechanism deployed by poor people in crowded communities with little access to healthier food, medical support, employment and housing - (SES) decades ago to cope, keep from crying, to make light of our oppression. Now its a punch line.
So, the world didn't explode, we have more access and opportunity in society, and we can do without people (Black Apologist) that are brokers of rage and anger. We can do better! We will do better in the coming year.
Make 2023 a year to examine, shift, and practice better judgement in a world waiting for your stumble. And remember, other people face social stumbling blocks, have been historically shamed and oppressed - just as we have. Being objective opens your eyes to the exploitation of others, but also relieves one of the stressors and triggers inherent in our world for us to react to! One of the tenets of clinical practice (psychiatry) is know you are not alone!
Look. A new Black Owned business will open soon in the heart of the NE community!
Nikki Brown w/Yugen Rashad & HealthyBirth Initiatives at Columbia City Park.
This is a needed drop of Black History through the lens of murals. Spearheaded by a group of muralist, the late sculptor Charles Tatum, Isaka Shamsud-Din, and many others. I discovered Brother Shakur and myself in the clip. Wow.
Yugen wants everyone to have a chance to buy affordable, healthy food in their neighborhood or feel safe exercising in their local park.
Organized religion fails in its mission to ensure every human being matters.
These traditions often fail to reach the disenfranchised in a quantitative, qualitative
manner as evidenced by recent tragic events ( Connecticut, China, and Clackamas
County). Perpetrators of these acts were individuals betrayed by "Amerikan" culture.
Our society must uniformly embrace every individual: air, blood and bones,
period. For sure, we now understand what disenfranchisement looks like and how
it behaves in the built environment: i. e. on the street where you live. Music is not
only for entertainment but for healing the wounded, the hurt, & the disenfranchised.
This "universal vibe," and our connection to each other, honors the harmony we
endeavor to achieve in the social contract embedded in society.
By never meeting a stranger and not being choked by fear of an apocalypse
preached by pundits and organized religion. The cul-de-sac created by religious
fear creates unintentional disparities among us. Any ideology or movement that
creates division among us... count me out and remove my name from your list serv.
Frankly Beverly featuring Maze wrote a song WE ARE ONE.
Thank You G-d, Allah, Jehovah, Jesus, Buddha, and any and all idenitifiers of the
DIVINE - IS ONE.
I love you, Yugen
Yugen Fardan Rashad
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