Life is changing in small yet, profound ways. First, I finally finished a dog-eared copy of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
It highlighted the countless articles, handful of books and wisdom that I encountered since grabbing the crimson cover for a peek.
I was reminded not only to learn as much as I can, but also that learning is a multi-dimensional process. It requires introspection, cognitive awareness and the diverse perspectives of others.
I love that Freire emphasized the educational duality of the teacher and student. Roles reverse. They complement each other. They build newly understood truths. After this, they are required to disseminate the knowledge and use it for the betterment of the world.
Gimme some of that please.
Also fell in love with Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker The Berry. The fact that the fictional tale was copyrighted in 1929 and its isms are still relevant today is astounding. Colorism lives. Paper bag this. Exotic that. Fetishizing. Emotional abuse. Negative internal tapes. The book spoke to painful truths of internalized oppression, colonization and anti-self sentiments. Yet as the protagonist used a breaking point for ascension, the text resonated that much more in my spirit.