BLACK LIVES MATTER – EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION
This is a movement that was created to advocate for non-violent civil disobedience to protest the unfair and unjust treatment and police brutality of African Americans and black people in general across the United States.
The oppression and continuous violation of the rights of black people has proven to be severe and ever-present as the amount of innocent lives that have been lost in the process of police supposedly carrying out their duties has left a lot of families without their loved ones. The list is endless, and it is going to take educating the next generation about the importance of humanity to effectively talk about race and properly address the issues and confusions that may arise. Addressing race at an early stage in young lives is important to confront the major challenges we are facing today. The fact that most white people are not properly educated or have been ill informed about the history of black people and people of color in general has resulted in a lot of ignorance and racism in society today.
Educating the generations to come about racism at an early stage would help break the ice and more easily start the conversation and address the issue head on instead of putting it off and avoiding the obvious problems in society that leads to more systematic prejudice and oppression. I believe there would be a major breakthrough and a change in the way the topic is perceived and received with more of an understanding of the sufferings, pain, and oppression that has been inflicted on the black community and this will help eliminate the racial comments and wrongful slurs that are derogatory or offensive to black people. It is important to also understand that it will take some time for this to fully take effect.
Here are a few books that could help shed more light on the issue and explain a lot of unanswered questions that both white and black people may have about racism and the suffering of black people, past and present.
“Killing the Black Body” and “Fatal Invention” by Dorothy Roberts
“Racecraft” by Barbara and Karen Fields
“Medical Apartheid” by Harriet A. Washington
“The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
“Sister Citizen” by Melissa V. Harris- Perry
“Pushout” by Monique W. Harris, Mankaprr Conteh, et al.
“This Bridge Called My Back” by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
“The Bridge Poem” by Kate Rushin
These writings provide the actual analysis, the authors situate the analysis within ideological traditions they clearly name, and they explicitly interrogate the intersecting forms of oppression that power institutional racism.
- Ugochukwu Iwuoha