The politics of Ethnic Studies: A little cultural scene

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, Ph.D ow oped | 12/5/2019, midnight

Shaunie:  You’ve got a lot of your own books? How did you manage that? Books cost too much money !!

Esther: Being smart isn’t cheap, girl! Scholars always have their own resources, and I’m going to be a young Black scholar. My daddy started me off with books like They Came Before Columbus, and When Africans Ruled the World when I was in grade school. I’ve always had my own library and always will.

Shaunie: Okay, fine, but what are you gonna say that won’t get you kicked out of class or an F ? You already said your teacher is one of those God Complex people.

Esther: Well, I’m not completely sure yet, but I know I’ll work it out. Black folk have a great history---we’ve done a lot of stuff…..I just need to sort through some of it and organize it in a way that makes sense.

Shaunie:  Well, I’ve got some good notes about Black culture and stuff like that if you need it. You know, stuff like, every culture has a home base, and every culture teaches its community to be proud of what its people have done in the world, or that culture dies.

Esther:  Yeah. That’s what I need. Thanks.

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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