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Recent Inspirations: Toward Movement Grace: Criticism, Self-Criticism and the Wisdom of Silence

Beef.  It’s been a part of our work for millennia.  We disagree - sometimes over big ideas and basic values.  Sometimes over little ideas and tactics.  What makes a disagreement full blown beef?  Usually it’s a lack of movement manners – a kind of grace – that forgets the humanity of the folk “on the other side.”

I wish I could say that I didn’t see it much.  A doesn’t trust B.  H is envious of I and uses their criticism as a way of getting a “come up” into the spotlight that is now trained precariously on their target.  Those in the spotlight are, in turn, stressed and inept at handling criticism.  They lash out, hurt and confused.  They forget that spotlight invites scrutiny, and they are woefully ill prepared.  Social media has only exacerbated the issue.  Big audiences, instant response.  So much at stake.  It’s all a pretty volatile combination.

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Lessons from Wakanda: What Black Panther Raises for Black Organizing

You don’t have to be a comic book fan to know that this film is surfacing deep feelings for Black people. It’s a rare moment where our collective desire for authentic belonging, self-determination and yes, Black power are charging a dynamic (and sometimes hilarious) public conversation about who we are and who we are meant to be. As organizers, part of our job is to leverage moments like these and fashion them into opportunities to advance the work of liberation. The film, especially in the ways it shifts and further complicates the original comic book story, offers plenty to work with.

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-Wangari Maathai

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