Could not agree more. Thank you for this. Very much an advocate of teaching the young ones. To be honest, after a certain age, there isn't very much you can do to reach a person. They are going to change on their time on their volition. Children are much more susceptible to learning and changing. I work with children all the time. For people that are resistant to revolutionary ideology, teach love.
Originally Posted by Sistahs_Keeper
Sometimes, you have to shock a person out of their circumstances. There was one girl that came across my path. She was about 17. I was 20 at the time. She was LOST. I won't go into the details of her life but she was lost. And I was pushing all of these books on her and trying to get her to read articles and just really trying to cram stuff down her throat. Nothing worked.
Finally one day I looked at her and said: I love you. She didn't believe me. She'd never heard it. But I just kept telling her that I loved her. And I was patient with her accepting my love. Once she finally realized that I cared about her well-being we became friends. She calls me her big sister but she taught me way more than I ever could have taught her. Once she let her wall down, she started to ask me questions about certain things. Now, she's actively in the struggle. She started a mentoring program at her church and everything.
As much as education and resistance are a part of this struggle, so are love and patience. That's my advice. I hope it helps. If you want help with organizing a mentoring program, let me know. I have lesson plans and ideas from my short time doing this.
"Oh Africa! When shall be the term of thy long degradation? Behold here, even now, I pledge thee, O my Mother, that I shall devote my years to thee, shall work for thy redemption, shall love thee and be proud of thee and glory in thy power now lying dormant and shall strive to bring it to the light. Take my youth, my labors, my love, my all and do thou when I shall have died for thee, take me to thy bosom, an untamed, untamable African." -Hubert Harrison