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Chris went through much of what many young black males go through when the educational environment is not responsive to their needs and realities. “I didn’t want anyone to know that I was smart. It took me my whole life to figure out that I’m a fool, but I ain’t no dummy. Never have been.” The truth is that throughout his entire educational career, Chris believes that his genius was never tapped into, at least at school.
Charlottesville’s Alliance for Black Male Achievement is playing a quiet but critical role in celebrating and creating opportunity for young black men and boys, and is seeing a real impact in the lives of young people and the institutions they interact with. However, many people in Charlottesville are still unaware of the Alliance and its work. This series will explore the Alliance’s history, its initiatives, and what lies ahead.
People who were only seeing me in that sense, they were hoping I would remain uncomfortable so that maybe one day I won’t be able to continue doing this. It becomes ammunition for them. I was doing this work for free. And so I’ll do this for free like I was doing before.
What I notice very early as we are having this conversation is that what people may not necessarily see on the surface is that Wes is deeply rooted in his faith and in his family. “My family means the most to me.” But Wes even wants to extend that idea of family beyond those he is related to. He says, “When I say family, I mean more than blood relatives. I mean big brothers, sisters, aunties, and uncles. God has sent people in my life to help me and to guide me, and I wouldn’t be the person I am without them.”
Waasi’s new video will premiere on YouTube on February 14th called ‘YOUANDI’ and promises it is going to be one of a few of his visuals that will change the game. Check out Waasi’s catalog on SoundCloud follow him on Instagram @itswaasi. After talking to this young man and seeing the depth that is within him, I’m convinced that Waasi’s rebellion is one that we should join.
Teaching critical thinking will also be a large part of the educational component in the future. Again, critical thinking is taught today, but primarily as part of other assignments. Not as an independent subject. Future residents, workers, leaders will need to be critical thinkers in order to thrive and be productive citizens.