“Courage is not simply an act of protest against injustice; sometimes it’s the belief that the more dangerous path is the only one that produces freedom and life. Real courage requires a level of Rage. Only in times of indignation or outrage about a particular injustice or action, do we reduce our reliance on the cost-benefit analysis of our own safety or survival.
Courage requires personal sacrifice, a deep love for humanity, and more importantly, the understanding that we are all interconnected. It requires each of us, individually and collectively, to be better and demand better. It requires us to embrace a core truth that we are the change we desperately seek.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS HERE
I fled. I spent countless hours planning a two-week stay outside the US, hoarding food and cleaning supplies to avoid any threat of potential dangerous encounters unless until January 2021, so that I could perch on a beach-front property as Election Day polls opened and closed across America. Distanced from the most visceral of impacts, I can calmly report with a level of certainty and clarity greater than I’ve ever experienced before: The Damage is... Continue reading
When we see ourselves; we see others. Our sameness or collective interconnection is what unites us and demands justice for all. For we have spent too much misguided energy and rhetoric on the idea of individual merit and earned accolades, that we’ve forgotten our interdependence upon others—all others. This is what it means to Lead Beyond your Post and Navigate Courage. #ubuntuprincipleContinue reading
Last week, Tonya Russell published a wonderful article in the New York Times title: Check in on Your Black Employees, and like the “rule followers” that they are—White people around the world checked on the mental health status of their Black friends, colleagues and family members.
Texts, phone calls, Facebook posts, marches, extra smiles on the street,... Continue reading
The comforting words—This Too Shall Pass—ring hollow for so many Americans who have been living on the margins and are now being pushed into the abyss. We hear them echo out of the mouths of national leaders whose Godly worship of the stock markets reduces our collective humanity into dollars and (non)sense. With those four words, they reveal their failure to grasp the global mental, physical and spiritual death of an entire society.
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