Monday, February 11, 2013


 A Preview of part #4 (Final

By: Errol A. Gibbs

This is merely an introduction to the fourth and final issue in the series that I will publish in the forthcoming issue of the Jamaican Xpress Newspaper. This article will conclude the series of discourses i.e.: Defining and Understanding the Black Experience in the Diaspora. I hope that you have had an opportunity to read the three previous articles. Following are some brief highlights that I will detail in the forthcoming issue.

First, let me preface my thoughts. I write from a perspective of one whose primary interest is to help to build a better society. I highlight issues that have solutions that are informed by spiritual, moral, social, intellectual, and physical underpinnings. The solutions that I provide are practical rather than academic. Likewise, I am always available to engage in dialogue from a position of mutual respect and objectivity.

Anyone who writes in the public domain may make a statement that needs correction. For those who remain silent, they will not be a chance that they will offend anyone. If we offend another (unintentionally of-course), we have an obligation to atone, apologise, and correct the statement. This is my MANTRA. The upcoming article will focus on the struggles, hopes, and aspirations of “Blacks” at home, and in the Canadian Diaspora.

Just a few thoughts:

1. Black History should not only be about yesterday, but it must be more intently about today and tomorrow, as well. The Black community has received millions of dollars in funding over the past decades for both secular and faith-based youth initiatives, however, our incapacity to develop macro-level job sustainable infrastructure; employ Black graduates, and mitigate the circumstances that place our Black youths (boys in particular), in contact with the justice system, is quite troubling. We must foster more inclusiveness in terms of greater volunteerism by Black youths.

2. We must encourage Black youth to seek to discover their higher spiritual being, to engage with the church, and the church to engage with them as well. We must encourage them to return to God’s original ideal of the family as the home and school of altruistic love, which is living for the sake of others; to have respect for parents, elders, and those in positions of authority. We must encourage them to explore science based education, because it is the basis of their economic survival, through creativity and innovation.

3. Despite the brutality of slavery, it is the English Evangelists under men like William Wilberforce (1759-1833) who were probably the first to advocate for the abolition of slavery. Also slavery was first and foremost an economic necessity, and not racial. The question of race came afterwards. We are now free to create families and raise children in 2 parent homes. Was this communal behaviour affected by slavery? The Gospel dispensation has to be part of this equation; by teaching, example, and outreach. It is of survival necessity for all humanity.

4. As a people, we tend to remain on the service side of the economic equation with fewer graduates in science based education. This limits creativity and innovation, thus we are unable to hold Licenses for Computer Programs, Copyrights, Trademarks, Industrial Circuit Designs, etc, which is the basis of wealth creation. Sadly, we have little capacity to hire our graduates or to offer them summer employment or internships.

5. The strongest bond between any two races seems to be between Black and White, such as Religion (Christianity); Slavery (Master/Slave relationship); and the Law of Attraction (opposites attract). The question is; can we re-visit these bonds in the context of the challenges of the modern world.

6. Our material progress is exceeding spiritual progress, and is impacting religious and family life. More importantly, the rapid changes in the nature of our modern world calls for a view human life, from a new vantage point; not just through political and economic prisms, but from spiritual, moral, social, and cultural prisms as well.

Five Foundations of Human Development (By: Errol A. Gibbs and Philip A. Grey) speaks to the needs, priorities, and emergencies of all humanity. It is an exploration of the search for meaning and purpose to human existence that seem to elude a great body of humanity. Whether the discourse is “Black” history or human history, the book will appeal to individuals of every religion, race and culture. It speaks to the oneness of humanity; to unsolved human problems of the past; problems of the present and emerging problems in the future.

7. There is a tendency to let things get out-of-hand when relationships are fractured in marriages, and between races and cultures. Often times we miss great opportunities for quieted dialogue when some semblance of peace exists. We have seen fractured relationships in so many countries around our world, within and outside the culture. The world is becoming a boiling pot of discontent. We can avoid emerging cultural clashes if we move on a path of dialogue, and social, economic, and technological apathy.

Errol A. Gibbs
Tel: 905.875.4956

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