Educating Myself on the Work

Don’t get it twisted protests are still happening.

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I don’t know why I feel this way, but this hunger for advocating is intense.

One of the most common advice I’ve seen from different educators is that the black community needed to get organized, like TODAY.

If we don’t, guess what? We’re going to come back in a full circle AGAIN of no change.

I’ve created a list of books to read that related to black history that was recommended by my black professors, activists, leaders of organizers and peers. When I get the money, then I’ll buy the books. I’m not touching those savings, so don’t ask me.

There is a library close to us, so I’ll be in there until I can get the books on my own.

I’ve utilized journalistic articles on different research related to racial issues because that’s just as important for this generation. A lot of the articles discuss the same issues we are facing now. Honestly, the only difference is Gen Z calls it something different from what the past generations call it.

Webinars were great so far, but I do have one critique. Some of the organizations weren’t productive about what to do moving forward. I feel like that’s one of the reasons why the black community continues to move three steps forward only to fall 10 steps back. We don’t organize a plan for the different black communities in America. Now, we need to break the cycle.

That’s why I’ll never forget joining the National Association of Black Journalists and sitting at the first webinar. They were discussing black journalists and the issues they face within the newsroom, but they had solutions.

NABJ called for the change in AP Style from The Associated Press to change its writing style guide to capitalize the “b” in the term Black when referring to people in a racial, ethnic or cultural context, weighing in on a hotly debated issue, according to the AP Press. The change was confirmed last Friday.

The importance of changing the capitalization of “black” was for growth within the black community. For years, black people were looked at as lesser than other races when discussed in the press. Changing the format of “black” in AP was brought up in the ’90s. AP decided to change it in 2020. I believe the only reason why they changed it now was that they knew what would’ve happened if they didn’t.

The organization also helps by fighting for journalists’ rights under the first amendment. They were fighting against the mistreatment of black journalists who were reporting in a PUBLIC area, during the protests. The organization spoke out against the dismissals from newsrooms that are predominately white when discussing stories surrounding the black experience. They also called out those same newsrooms who FINALLY decided to use the stories, but for views (I don’t think anyone is ready for this conversation). For years they were providing job opportunities for those who want to work in the media field by updating open positions and hosting networking seminars (right now, webinars) with employers. 

I wish more organizations created solutions because we would be so far ahead right now.

All this week, all I could think about was advocating. I was all over Twitter fact-checking and retweeting news articles to try to spread the news about updates to everyone as fast as I could. I was signing petitions, looking into donations to see if they were legit or not, discussing potential involvements with other black organizations like the NAACP, M4BL, Color of Change, NABJ and The Press Club.

Shout out to DemocracyNC for hosting a informative webinar on Juneteenth! This week I’ve just had the best time with learning so much from educators and leaders on racial issues.

It was refreshing not hearing from celebrities or influencers who try to speak on topics they’re uneducated on.

That’s how my week has been so far. I’m still working within my internship, and my focus is getting a lot better. My sleep schedule is a little rocky, I mean, I’m writing this blog at 11:39 p.m. EST. I would sleep around 7 p.m. and wake up around 9 p.m. Then I would stay up until 4 a.m. and go to sleep then wake up again at 9 a.m. It happens though, my body is not happy with me though, but I’ll get better. I hope.

I don’t want the work I’m currently doing to deflate. Every time some people in my generation light a fire, it somehow goes out later and screws most of our communities.

If my sleep schedule has to be messed up for me to do the work, so be it. I’m not stopping, because I have something planned for white mainstream news outlets who continue to project biased opinions onto black people.

To get to that point, I can’t stop working. My education will be top tier, I’m speaking it into existence.

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