The black-white duality

| August 25, 2014

Having read Jon Gaunt’s view that children in schools should learn all our history I thought it would be useful to share it on my blog with you – see yesterdays blog. In googling the article, however, I came across so much criticism of Gaunt’s view (with which I whole-heartedly agree) that I was momentarily […]

Learning and Teaching Resources for Authentic Human Development

| August 25, 2014

Authentic Human Development requires we develop the courage to face up to our everyday life challenges and temptations rather than avoiding or denying them.  It means taking control of our own learning … across the life-course … and sharing our learning with other members of our family and community.  The following resources may help us […]

Seeing with the Eye of Spirit

| August 25, 2014

In my last blog post I referred to myself as Guinea Pig G, in the spirit of Buckminster Fuller. I also stated my intention of sharing my longitudinal research process findings from using my life as a social experiment in transforming the black British Caribbean life experience. Being black British Caribbean, an historically racialised identity, […]

Guinea Pig G

| August 25, 2014

In the late 1980s when I made the decision to research the black British life experience I was undergoing an existential crisis of meaning and could see little worth in my ‘black’ life. I had, however, by this time given birth to two sons and developed the generative desire to, in some way, find meaning […]

Another Way of Seeing: Slaveship Earth

| August 25, 2014

The walls of a slaveship Confine All its passengers Black, and white, yellow, red Equally And though cramped into Separate holds We are journey fellows all after all Aboard this vessel earth. Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo

The Name of the Game is Shame

| August 25, 2014

In ‘The Name of the Game is Shame: The Effects of Slavery and its Aftermath’ Gilda Graff (2011) asks the question: Why is the subject of slavery and racism present in Morrison’s novels … and so absent even from much historical literature and many textbooks? She acknowledges that even having elected an African American president […]

Near Silence about Race and its impact on British Academics

| August 24, 2014

Making the decision to share my journey of surfacing the human costs of slavery through these blogs, because of the on-going racial silences, has triggered a deeper process for me. In my PhD (Bravette, 1997) I acknowledge being … additionally challenged by Byrne’s (1978) reasoning for not including discussion of academic women in her book […]

‘Silenced Knowings’

| August 24, 2014

In 2001 Helen Lorenz and Mary Watkins wrote a paper titled: Silenced Knowings, Forgotten Springs: Paths to Healing in the Wake of Colonialism. I quote from this paper: Many silenced knowings can exist within apparently ordinary lives and communities, in the lives of other and our own lives. By silenced knowings we mean understandings that […]

The Human Costs of Slavery Continued … 2

| August 24, 2014

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history? Marcus Tullius Cicero I began unpacking the human costs of slavery through the research process (with […]

The Human Costs of Slavery

| August 24, 2014

More often than not, as descendants of enslaved Africans, we are told to forget slavery, move on from it! What if we cannot move on because we have not yet resolved and so integrated the lessons to be learned from the internalised conflicts this dehumanising experience has left us with? CBACS was eventually formally birthed […]

The black-white duality

| August 24, 2014

Having read Jon Gaunt’s view that children in schools should learn all our history I thought it would be useful to share it on my blog with you – see yesterdays blog. In googling the article, however, I came across so much criticism of Gaunt’s view (with which I whole-heartedly agree) that I was momentarily […]

Black People R.I.P

| August 24, 2014

“Class is a construct based on levels of education; race is a construct based on levels of ignorance.” This discussion is to develop knowledge and understanding of ethnicity over race. All are welcome to join the debate. * * * People from Beijing do not refer to themselves as yellow people; they call themselves Chinese. […]

Q. When does a black man turn into a nigger?

| August 24, 2014

A. As soon as he leaves the room. I heard this joke today and rather than offending me it got me to thinking. In essence by the sheer etymology of words it is a truism which is only a matter of taste, diplomacy and political correctness. The word ‘nigger’ is a derivative of the Spanish […]

“Gangsters”

| August 24, 2014

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim. – Bertrand Russell As I walked past another scowling, young, black boy I could only shake my head with a retrospective disappointment. I watched him carry on along his way with an arrogance to his gait and re-thought about the idea […]

Newsnight

| August 24, 2014

I’ve just finished watching Newsnight which, for the umpteenth time, seems to talk with words of revolution from the comfort of the luxury BBC studio. Tonight’s offering, once again, is about gun crime and bad boys and yadda, yadda, yadda, blah, blah, blah… If I’m not watching ex-Eastenders masquerading as moral arbiters in urban communities, […]

Mid-Afternoon Pondering

| August 24, 2014

I’m not sure how many people have seen Ross Kemp’s gangs programmes but it makes for difficult viewing. This afternoon, I watched the South London episode (in all its bellicosity) and was quite appalled at what I saw. One particular scene had a group of five young BAC boys talking candidly about weapons, respect and […]

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