25071, Cultural solidarity|
Posted by Solarus, Thu Mar-08-01 07:16 AM
>What if the school's community is
>a supportive integrated community?
>A community of like minded
>people with mutual respect and
>regard for one another.
>Fighting for the same things,
>although they may come from
>a range of ethnic backgrounds?
> I believe such communities
>do exist, can be built,
>and that they have legitimate
>group unity through human, not
>racial, solidarity of purpose.
What is "human solidarity?" If one is seeking "racial" solidarity only then one is most likely doomed to create "black" clones indoctrinated in Western culture. The issue of education has always been and will continue to be a process of indoctrination in cultural wisdom. The fallacy of Western culture is to believe that there IS NO CULTURE. This lie is perpetrated only to have its adherents to unknowingly be part of a cultural heritage while believing that they are same as the rest of "humanity" besides a view differences in appearances, food, clothing and rituals. This belief only serves to further destroy and subsume any other existing cultural worldviews and perspectives into a the umbrella of Western/European culture.
Therefore, "education" is the distribution of a particular cultural identity, worldview, heritage as a foundation in which one can grow and survive in the world at large. The only part that "racial solidarity" plays is the usual case of a "racial" group correlating with a certain "cultural group."
Human solidarity can only come through a unifying of those individuals who each possess a strong and viable cultural foundation. Those persons not possessing such, LACK IDENTITY and will necessarily subsume the culture of the other thereby exposing the fact that they are truly UNEQUAL. A good example is starting a club of persons who are all bilingual. The purpose of the club is for the different persons to who all speak a common language and one different language to teach everyone else the other language. If one of the persons only speaks the common language they are unable to fulfill the purpose of club thus is unequal to the rest of the club members. This person (if allowed to join) will be necessarily at the mercy of the other members as his/her inequality shows an absence of power.
This is the purpose of an Afrikan-centered school. To REaffrim, RE-connect, RE(RA)member the traditional cultural heritage and perspectives that have been systematically diluted, suppressed and in many cases destroyed by through the European/Western/Arabic/non-Afrikan educational system that Afrikans worldwide have been subjected too.
"Activism is the practice of using an internal, self-determining source of power to live one's life and/or enact some sort of change. Power is the ability to define reality, while self-determination is to decide or define one's self. Therefore activism, is not simply something done to right some wrong or to fight some cause but rather it is a way of life. Activism is the way of life where one can define self and change anything that may impede or control the reality that one chooses to live."-Solarus