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No, I am not an angry black man

Although, I am constantly reminded by some educators, through their actions;

That I don’t deserve the same respect they often give to my white colleagues

 

 

Man of Fire—Man of Passion

                                          By C.P. Gause, PhD

No, I am not an angry black man

Although 50 years after Brown v. Board

Children of poverty and children of color are still Mis-educated

 

No, I am not an angry black man

Although, I reside in a country that historically

And continues to marginalize and dis-enfranchise

“The Other”

 

No, I am not an angry black man

Although, the policies and procedures of

the “New South” are still rooted in White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy!

 

No, I am not an angry black man

Although individuals who identify as

Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual or Trans-gendered are vehemently despised

And not protected by those who claim to love each of them with

The love of God!

 

No, I am not an angry black man

Although, I am constantly reminded by some educators, through their actions;

That I don’t deserve the same respect they often give to my white colleagues

 

No, I am not an angry black man

Although, I am always under the “gaze”

The gaze of suspicion, policing, interrogation, and retribution

 

No, I am not an angry black man!

 

I am a brother who is a social activist

I am a theologian who is a critical theorist

I am a leader who believes in peace and social justice

 

I am an educator who views the world from multiple perspectives

I am a Same Affection Loving Soul who seeks the same

I am a friend to the friendless

A man of compassion

 

A guide

A light in the times of darkness

I am the reflection of the Divine Creator who has called me to

 

Transform the world!

The human condition and the human spirit

 

So that...We can all be

Who we need to be for you and me

 

No, I am not an angry black man,

I am just a man, a man who believes in peace, justice and democracy

 

No, I am not an angry black man, I am

 

A Man of Fire! A Man of Passion!

 

© Dr. C.P. Gause, 2004

posted 14 October 2006

Dr. Charles Phillip Gause currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He is a progressive educator who believes in education as the practice of freedom.  His philosophy of teaching, scholarship and service are situated within the discourses of spirituality, engaged pedagogy, and social justice. He is a social activist, cultural critic, narrative researcher, transformative leader and critical pedagogue; however, first and foremost; He is a teacher, a public intellectual.

Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration, from Miami University of Ohio / Master of Education in Education Administration, from the University of South Carolina / Master of Arts in Teaching, from Columbia International University / Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Trinity International University / Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies and Theology from Trinity International University. Taskstreaml // BeyondGenericDemocracy

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