What’s in a Name?

Welcome to the 21st century, where the institution of White Supremacy has effectively dominated the majority of the global population and is evident in the distribution of wealth, power, justice and general quality of life. The Western Empires, after pillaging entire continents and decimating entire peoples, now reap the fruits of their ancestors’ labor, wielding unprecedented power and influence that extends far beyond the borders of their own countries. The Black Revolution springs from the fertile soil of rising racial tension and looming inequality across the diaspora.

The Black Revolution is a peaceful, non-violent response to White Supremacy. It is a proud acceptance of the imposed concept of Blackness, and a rejection of Whiteness as being synonymous with Superiority, Worth or Goodness. It is a call for reclamation of identity for all people of color, and an invitation for white allies to reject racist stereotypes and actively join the revolution for racial equality.

Therefore, The Black Revolution is in no way meant to exclude other ethnic groups, or those who do not identify as black. Rather, the message lies in the act of other ethnicities aligning themselves with those who have been placed at the bottom of the racial hierarchy, in order to dismantle and eventually nullify the hierarchy. For instance, the fraction of white people who marched in solidarity with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 60s recognized that injustice to any human being is injustice to all human beings, and were comfortable joining a movement that did not center on themselves, but welcomed their support.

The Black Revolution is twofold. Firstly, it is both a Revolution from within ourselves and our community as afro descendent people with new cultural and national identities. As Marcus Garvey called for an emancipation of the mind from mental slavery, we will examine and dismantle any remaining shackles of shame and perceived inferiority that prevent us from loving and being our true selves. By extension, we will stand in solidarity with afro descendant communities worldwide, recognizing that the problems plaguing us are similar and fostering a sense of brotherhood to demand global reform.

Secondly, The Black Revolution welcomes open and honest discussion on race as a social construct, as it affects Indigenous peoples, Hispanic people, Black People, White People, Brown People and all possible intersections. By removing the taboo of race in our society, and accepting it as a lens to critically assess the distribution of wealth, power and status in our global society, we can understand the reality that has been constructed for us, and continue the process of regeneration.

#jointherevolution

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