I’ll begin with a proverb from Akan culture: “Woforo dua pa a na yepia wo” – It is when you climb a good tree, we push you.
Inspired by a wonderful article Hannah Cotton from BLM In The Stix shared with me (link posted below), I pondered thought itself. It’s a weird thing, ain’t it?
Thought. We all have our own in this world where in tandem we say “nothing is new under the sun”, but yet feel that we are experiencing something on an individual or group basis exclusive of others.
Take this dress for example. There’s two different colour pairs that the majority of people might see, and further, there’s likely other combinations of colours others would add.
Now, we can see and agree it’s a dress, right? I think a part of the problem is that due to the intersectionality of our lives, experiences, what we are and how others see us. We will see things differently, forming groups with those like minded as ourselves, which to some degree would our perceptions… explore that thought for yourself.
Imagine the dress colour is a metaphor for the filter through which your natural view of the world appears. That is the colour of your experience. It’s still a dress, remember that.
I feel a sentiment transcending racial boundaries and centering itself firmly on humanity, love and real empathy for other people. A synastry of one very tangible connection with any and all people who are fighting for humanity.
Here we are some 6/7 months later with an ever growing group of over 1000 people, a collective of individuals with their own backgrounds yet there is a shared understanding somewhat of what we are here for.
What do you aim to get out of being in a group like LTAR?