A Message from This Extraterrestrial

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Today, I had the distinct pleasure of going to two separate conferences: one on Black and Latino males in high schools and  the other on Blackness in America as it pertains to the release of the hardcover Black Book. In both instances, I found myself immersed in an idea that sits at the root of these conversations in whichever category or “subgroup” we consider ourselves a part of: we are human. While our conversation about humanity seems simple to the naked eye, the subjugation and misappropriation of all types of people throughout the world has everything to do with how we view each other and our capacity for moral, ethical, and human respect. In a way, the evidence for the norm of human behavior says that there’s never going to be true peace and the base nature of humans does not lend itself to tenets like love and care. On the other hand, the human populace seems to suffer precisely because of the lack of care for each other and love due to one another as a people.

After all, one of love’s primary characteristics is the ability to recognize and appreciate the next person’s humanity.

Word.

Jose, who will have notes from both panels tomorrow.

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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  1. Alan Alexander

    Great piece…on the absence of peace. Its too true that the human nature, for what we know it to be, is self defeating in the arena of peace. Our current mindstate as a whole could use a bit of an overhaul. Today, we say that we need to FIGHT for peace, which i believe is ridiculous. Obviously no war thats ever been fought has brought the indefinate peace everyone hopes for. It just brings more war n chaos. We can only be as good as the company we keep, so with that i leave you with these parting words. “Each one Teach one”, influence those around you with positivity and help shape a better tommorrow. Much alohas.

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