What makes a teenager stab his mother over a cheeseburger? What tragedy in the black community does something like that reveal - domestic violence, missing fathers, out of control kids, poor parenting or demons within?
One thing is certain. The black family or African American home, where peace and harmony once prevailed, is no longer a sanctuary from societal assaults. Instead we have internalized the pressures turning them into demons which cause us to redirect violence and aggression upon ourselves and those whom we love.
My life, my real life, was in danger, and not from anything other people might do but from the hatred carried in my own heart. James Baldwin
Congrats to my baby girl who received her PhD last week from Michigan State University, is expecting her first child (her parents' first grandchild) and also got a J-O-B! There are (2) insights to be shared from our new experiences.
1. "When a gift is praised, it will beget another gift." Igbo Proverb
2. With every progression or change in the circumstances of life we leave some things behind but in order to be successful we also are required to bring with us the enlightenment by all that went before.
From Staci PC's blog:
Monday, May 17, 2010 Final Updates Before I Discontinue this Blog l hadn't posted in a while because I wanted to wait for the entire process to play itself out. As many of you know, I was in the process of completing my dissertation and applying for jobs. Now that that process is complete, let me offer a final post briefly reflecting on the process:
* I defended my dissertation April 1, 2010 and passed with distinction. The revisions are complete, and I am now ready to deposit at the graduate school. The dissertation is DONE!
Male, Afra-feminist, Liberationist, Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Pastor/Social Activist of an urban, inner-city church offering a theological perspective on the day to day issues faced by a marginalized people.