november 25, 2014

The Ferguson grand jury decision

The decision of the Ferguson grand jury is another painful reminder that after almost four centuries, Black people are still seen as “less than human” in the eyes of the nation and the world.

We can weep. We can sign petitions. We can protest. But until we confront and overcome the lie of Black inferiority, we will not change a system that profoundly devalues Black lives.

We can debate. We can legislate. We can litigate. But until we overturn this poisonous lie that dehumanizes Black people, our children will continue to walk the streets in fear.

Community Healing Network (CHN) is focused on developing a new strategy-- a strategy that addresses the underlying cause of the killings of our children, and so many of the other problems facing our community. CHN has been working since 2006 to build a global grassroots movement for emotional emancipation-- to help Black people overcome and overturn the lie of Black inferiority, heal from the emotional legacies of enslavement and racism, and reclaim our humanity.

We're as distressed as you surely are about the Ferguson decision. But these moments of pain are precisely when we need to stop, to take time to reflect, to take stock, and to put the issue of emotional emancipation at the top of our agenda.

Why? Past, present, and continuing emotional assaults have traumatized the Black community. And while we are in trauma, we cannot deal effectively with the problems confronting us. In order to think clearly and to empower ourselves to meet the wide range of challenges confronting our community, we must pursue the goals of emotional emancipation, healing, wellness, and empowerment.

So in response to the Ferguson decision, we urge you to gather with family and friends in small groups to create safe spaces with the intent of comforting one another, sharing your feelings, and reflecting on creative ways in which we as a people might begin to work together to overturn the root cause of the devaluing of the lives of Black people: the lie of Black inferiority.

If you are so moved, we invite you to share your feelings and suggestions with us on Facebook.

By Enola Aird