To begin to remedy this, I suggest for the next 12 months, whenever you see a Black person, you give eye contact and nod or speak, and/or smile…so as to say, as in Africa, ‘I see you.


For any of us who’ve said, ‘Blacks can’t stick together’…know that the divide and concur strategy really works.  The tools of Black cultural genocide, racism/white supremacy, pits us against each other.

Eye contact in Africa means “I see you.” “I see your personality. I see your humanity. I see your dignity and respect.” In the African village context, where everyone knows one another, it’s an exceedingly powerful representation of understanding.

We need to recreate this simple but powerful tradition.

I remember the time when we saw each other we spoke.  And, I live in what many would call the ‘hood’ where that still occurs, when I encounter us, we speak…the further I do across town into increasingly gentrified areas of DC, Blacks act white, no eye contact, no nods, no speaking, least smile.  

To reconnect, re-establish relations we need to start with the basics…recognizing each other with eye contact and a nod, speaking, and/or smiling.