The Buzz Around Town.
Lately, I’ve heard arguments that leave me angry and confused. Most of these arguments center around “Cancel Culture, ” “Agency,” and “Ownership.” “Black Mamma” Agency and Ownership in the era of cancel culture is real. Alas, we have folks that are trying to discredit these ladies, and I simply will not have any of it.
Agency, for this blog post, is defined as action or intervention, especially such as to produce a particular effect.
The Powerful Parent Network is a group of parents and grandparents that are fighting for equity and school choice. During the campaign cycle, these elders in the Black Community have made their presence felt by exercising their right to protest.
I’m not sure how you all show agency, but in my community, we show it by getting results. The Powerful Parent Network showed their agency by fundraising to attend the most recent Democratic debate held in Atlanta, Ga. This is an important fact to highlight. Many of those that were against these parents’ right to protest said these parents were funded and influenced by billionaires looking to privatize education.
Below is the link of parents soliciting funding to attend the debate.
Can we express our views?
Americans pride themselves on the power of the 1st amendment and one’s right to free speech. Free speech can make you feel uncomfortable and force you to see the other side of an argument if you are open to seeing it. Exercising this free speech is how some of us express our Agency. People have the right to express their opinions. That doesn’t in any way, discredit you. We can disagree and still be friends. We can even grab a beer.
Ownership in the Era of Cancel Culture.
Ownership is the act, state, or right of possessing something. The educational system in the United States was never meant to educate Black folks. It isn’t me pulling the race card; it is me reminding you of how painful it has been to be Black in the United States.
Black Mamma Agency is a different kind of Agency. These black mammas are willing to risk their lives and their livelihood to ensure that the next generations have better than they had.
The mere notion that these women, who have put our country on their backs, these women who are the moral fabric of our country are bought and sold is assinine. It’s the perfect argument for those of you that want to deflect instead of reflecting.
Moreover, some folks get uncomfortable when the topic of race surfaces. That’s not my problem, nor is it my cross to bear. We should be open and honest and have more conversations about race and what it means to be a member of the underclass. Only then will things change.
But I digress.
The Powerful Parent Network is a phenomenal group of advocators for school choice. They have expressed their Agency, and their voices lifted.
Black Mamma Agency: There’s Nothing Like It.
There have been feeble attempts to discredit their lived experiences. It happens way more often than I’d like to discuss. It’s fine when Black folks are the help, second class citizens, but the moment we express unfairness in a system that we all know is unfair to the underclass, black people are painted out to be bought off by billionaires, heels, incapable of good thoughts. To be able to have these thoughts, and express them, that’s why we fight. That’s why we should continue to fight. And before you even think about canceling these Black Mammas, here’s a PSA on cancel culture:
Lastly, we shared our thoughts on Black Mamma Agency on the 8 Black Hands Podcast. If you get a chance, give it a listen.