This process is surely not for the weak of mind, spirit, or body. And for those that have and continue to offer encouragement I thank you and appreciate your efforts. I tried to think of a way to contextualize what I feel from time to time from DuBois' thoughts in Souls of Blackfolk of being a "problem" to Douglass' plea to Americans to "live up to their constitution." I face the hypocrisy of American history with the transcendent faith that sustained those who sacrificed that I might be able to enjoy the rights and privileges I have.
Moreover, I hope that as I traverse my current stormy swell, I can find ways to not exist in the Ivy Tower of lofty idealism and speak truth to power that creates sustainable ways for the liberation of our minds and spirits. Lastly, I think that I now understand what Prof. John Henrik Clarke meant by proclaiming that:
"History is a clock that people use to tell the political and cultural time of day...it is also a compass that people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. History tells a people where they have been and what they have been...where they are and what they are. Most important, history tells a people where they still must go, what they still must be. The relationship of history to the people is the same as the relationship of a mother to her child."
With that said, I will be taking a brief hiatus from my blog to fully concentrate on my work. I leave you with one of the most moving clips in cinematic history...that I think illustrates Clarke's points and my own intellectual and spiritual sojourn perfectly.
VCM aka "NEGRO INTELLECTUAL"