The Halcyon Fall: Black by Default w/ Cat Brooks & Amber Allen Pierson
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Part 1 of a 2-Part series: Black by Default will tackle the issue of colorism and activism in our community, pain and healing. I titled this discussion Black by Default because after much thought about the lengthy and multiple spectrums of Blackness and anti-Blackness I’ve concluded that if I’m journeying on this Earth with no awareness that my existence in this skin and body automatically places me in a proletariat, revolutionary struggle – no matter my shade or expression of Blackness – I will automatically adopt white supremacist mentality and perpetuate violence against myself and others. whiteness is the societal default in a white nationalist society. I want Blackness to be more of a reflex and practice. Who better to dig up the roots of deep-seeded colorism and discuss the intrinsic military strategy and anti-Blackness behind it than Cat Brooks and Amber Allen Pierson?!
When an Oakland family is experiencing the trauma of police violence, when young people of color need encouragement, when elder neighbors are in pain, Cat Brooks has been a force for change as she engages in the work of accompaniment and struggle. Inspired by her own lived experience, she has spent her life organizing to bring an end to unjust systems which were built to sustain the privileges of the status quo. Whether she’s serving the People in their fight for justice, collaborating with State Assembly members to pass AB931 or raising her daughter in West Oakland, she brings with her the combined forces of compassionate grace, resilient tenacity, and laser focused vision which are rooted in and nurtured by the fierce love of her activist mother who raised her and energized by the injustice of a system that incarcerated her father instead of providing him with healthcare support to fight his addiction.
Amber Allen-Peirson (Clarity) is a black-biracial woman who is a strong empath, a mother, a writer, an activist, educator, and a public speaker who is focused on self-development and working in black and brown communities to cultivate health, communication, and empowerment (especially with young people).
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