"We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond."
This Gwendolyn Brooks quote has gripped my imagination over the last few days. As a licensed massage therapist, I've grown to have deep respect for the intricacies and wonders of the human form. The body continues to amaze and confound me. And as anyone else who's taken the journey toward reverencing it can probably attest, you learn a couple of life lessons when you give yourself over to the study of anatomy and physiology:
1.) Beneath categories and labels of gender, race, socioeconomics, and sexuality, the functional anatomy of human beings is pretty much the same - hearts beating, lungs breathing, minds processing - a seemingly infinite host of integrated and complex systems keeping each one of us alive. This idea is profoundly more than mere cliché: We are not so different from one another, underneath it all. That's fact.
2.) Body systems are inextricably linked to one another. An illness or injury to one part of the body impacts the whole. And although modern Western medicine sometimes compartmentalizes illness, the reality of our well-being is wound up together through nuanced holistic connection - body, mind, and spirit all participating together, all involved, whether we acknowledge it or not.
Similarly, we - all together on this planet - belong to one another. Whether we feel like it or not, we are entirely in community. We are connected. And although we may not immediately feel or recognize it, when one part of our human family suffers or is disenfranchised, it damages the health and prosperity of us all. Practical inclusion is the only healthy way forward.
How that happens is up to us. Whether it happens is also up to us. But any way you slice it, "We are each other's magnitude and bond." And that's not a matter of opinion. That's fact.
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// FOR COMMUNITY.
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Former Black Panther Elaine Brown starts urban farm for ex-cons
Whether or not you recognize her name, we have all been touched by the work of Elaine Brown, author, prison reform activist, and former chair of the Black Panther Party. At 72, she shows no signs of slowing down, having recently established the West Oakland Farms an urban garden and prison reentry initiative. The garden is also a cooperative and business incubator. Each worker actually owns a piece of the garden, a feat many ex-cons couldn’t have imagined coming out of prison. Although there’s so much work to be done in prison reform and re-entry programs, this is an incredible start in the birthplace of the Black Panthers — Oakland, California. Elaine Brown’s nonprofit, Oakland and World Enterprises, has plans for a grocery store, restaurant, and affordable housing. Thank you, Sister Brown, for never stopping the good fight for Black lives.
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To further embarrass African Americans about their African heritage they are also most often shown--through the white controlled media--those images of Africa that our designed to produce shame of their heritage. They are constantly subjected to only those images of a war-torn, famine-ridden, rampantly illiterate, and disease-stricken Africa. They are also subjected to hearing demoralizing news reports about war-torn Africa --including those stories of self genocidal feuding African warlords. They are rarely,if ever, shown the beautiful and wealthy cities in Africa. These deplorable depictions of Africa displaying only its poorest and dangerous communities are in fact designed to make African Americans feel grateful that it was their ancestors enslaved and bought to America. African Americans are being subconsciously told that they're the lucky ones to have been taken away from the backwardness of Africa. So subconsciously African Americans are being brainwashed to feel grateful for the enslavement of their ancestors.
White historians depictions of the African slave trade also intentionally miseducates African Americans to believe that most of their African ancestors were merely sold away to the white invader. Their depiction of the African Slave trade deliberately hides the brutal massacre of countless of African Warriors that died in battle trying to rescuing their captured love ones. When the African warriors charged the beaches shores in an attempt to rescue their kidnapped love ones from the ships their Black bodies were riddled by rifle bullets and cannons. The number of Africans that died in battles fought against the white invaders far exceeded, many times over, the number of any African's that may have assisted in the slave trade. The hiding of these fierce battles and massacres is deliberately done to perpetuate the falsehood that most African Americans where sold away by their ancestors. #BlackLivesMatter#iamorrin#Brooklyn#Africa#newyork#Milwaukee