“My family is from Eritrea, and I’m really interested in going back and working there.”
“What do you like the most about Eritrea?”
“I like the people because they are very humble, sweet and dignified. They work really hard, and they don’t experience the same social inequalities that exist in this country. They are a lot more united than the people here. I feel that the warmth is missing here. The thread that weaves this country together is money, not meeting people’s needs.”
“Why do you think Eritreans are more united?”
“I think African culture has always been more communalist. People live in close proximity to each other, and you are raised by your village. You can’t afford to be individualistic in a society that doesn’t have much, so the village or commune shares a water well. Individualism kind of sprouted out in Europe. When Europeans started extracting resources from Africa and elsewhere, they were able to build a society in which people had more. Africans have never taken resources in abundance from other countries in the same way. I think the whole theory of development came from the West. What is developed? Exploiting the Earth? That’s degenerative. The term development is relative and is defined within a Western framework.”
I was extremely sad to wake up to the news that Maya Angelou has passed away this morning. Although I had never met her I felt as if she was my teacher and I was her student, she’s given us all so much with her life, activism, writings, poetry, and her soul. She will always be the extraordinary example of what it means to be a beautiful human being. Rest in Peace Maya Angelou.
Have you ever wanted to have dinner with LeVar Burton? Or maybe try on his Star Trek visor? Also wanna help kids all over the world read and learn cool things? WELL NOW YOU CAN!
LeVar Burton— my dad— has started a new kickstarter (click the link) to fund his awesome Reading Rainbow app. The prizes are really cool and involve people like Patrick Stewart and Laurence Fishburne!
If you can donate 5 dollars, please do. If you can afford more, you rock. If you can’t, please signal boost to do your part!
We’re counting on you, Tumblr— the community of nerds and awesome people.
This is way better than my approach to improve literacy.
Go fund this! And even if you don’t/can’t, reblog to get the word out!