Collective Geinus: The Naming Project
What's in a name? What's in a label? Everything. Collective Genius: The Naming Project by Richard A. Willis explores the names and labels used to describe races, and how they influence how people are viewed, particularly in the black community. In the end, the author challenges the reader think about what black people are called, and look toward a new direction of naming and reclamation! More
I ask two things of you: First, please consider this definition of 'black people'...
The race of people originated from Africa, the culmination of features, ancestry, experiences, culture and thought primarily originated from Africa and expressed throughout the world. A people characterized primarily by skin rich and deep in tone, with varying shades of browns, reds and tans. A people whose hair is naturally curly like wool. A people who have noses that can be broad or narrow, lips that can be very full, tall or short stature, along with diverse and unique physical characteristics.
From the Continental Root of Africa, this race branches out and is comprised of the full spectrum of color, hair, history and ancestry, bodies and inner beauty, experiences, thought, creativity, pain and potential, everything mentioned and unmentioned that encompasses this beautiful people.
The second thing I ask of you the reader, is this: Do the current names and labels used to describe 'black people' line up with the above definition? What if there was more? What if there could be more? I encourage you to join with me in not just reading a book, but embarking on a journey that has implications for society and more!
Collective Genius: The Naming Project by Richard A. Willis
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