Were I A Black Man/Were I A Black Woman
I am addressing this to all my friends in this thread:
If I have missed a name, no disrespect intended; you may include yourself if you are interested.
Here is a challenge I am putting forward. Its intended purpose is to give all my non-Black colleagues an opportunity to make a mental sojourn
into the skin of a Black person, the way John Howard Griffin did and reported in his book, Black Like Me
, first published in 1961.
Perhaps the world will change because of this exercise: we may have a better perspective from which to lead change from the bowels (or surrogate bowels
) of the extended Black experience.
Feel free to take part or not to take part. You may not see me as often as you are accustomed for a short time and season. Meantime, you have this to pursue, hopefully to the benefits of all.
Here is the challenge: Were I A Black Man/Were I A Black Woman A 500-word reflection
Could you write a 500-Word reflection in which you state what life should be like, were you a Black man or a Black woman? Consider, without being necessarily limited to, the following prompts in your reflection:
• White supremacy and Jim crow
• Slavery and reparation
• Black wall street and the economy
• Police targeting and brutality
• Politics and change
• The place of John Howard Griffin Background reading
• Synopsis or Movie of John Howard Griffin’s “Black Like Me” https://youtu.be/Ww0q4XhxPAA
• Poem by cabcool [ONLY IF YOU DON’T MIND]: “that i am black” http://mydo.cx/ZTVmMDdj
The inclusion of my personal poem is not for self-promotion. Note I have not posted it to this thread. I believe it is pertinent because it addresses a situation in which the persona is speaking from the point of view of being already Black, while you are being asked to imagine yourselves being Black.