Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Welcome, New Readers! Please Catch Up With The Inner Slum/Inner Sanctuary and Self-Determination Series

Over the past few days, I've noticed that there's been a lot of new readers visiting the blog (thank you, Evia!).

Welcome, New Readers! I hope you'll ultimately decide to join the think tank here by participating in the discussions at this blog. I want this blog to be one of several "safe spaces" for Black women to exchange ideas, strategies, and tips for renewing our minds, lifting our spirits, and taking our rightful place on the world stage.

I believe that lasting, positive change only comes from the inside-out. Enduring victories come from the inside-out. We've tried various surface techniques over the past 40 years. For the most part, all we've done is exchange one form of oppression for another. We have exchanged an external oppressor in favor of an internal one. We have exchanged external violence in favor of internal violence. In politics, we have exchanged White political hacks for Black ones. All the while, our collective condition has gotten worse and worse.

I want CHANGE, not exchange.

Our people are at a crossroads. We can continue along our current path which leads to African-Americans becoming a permanent underclass within this country. I believe that we've completed roughly 80% of the permanent underclass process. Or we can change our collective fate by changing our individual lives for the better. In order to change our lives, we have to renew our minds. This is why I've written a series of introspection essays (the True Fellowship series; the Inner Slum series; and the Inner Sanctuary series). I hope you'll take the time to read some of the ones that I feel are the most important:

http://muslimbushido.blogspot.com/2008/10/true-fellowship-part-2-breaking-bread.html

http://muslimbushido.blogspot.com/2008/09/inner-slum-part-1-noise-pollution.html

http://muslimbushido.blogspot.com/2008/09/inner-slum-part-2-micro-aggression.html

Please also take the time to read one of the most commented upon posts: "Self-Determination, Part 1: My Dark-Skinned Sisters, STOP Letting Biracial/Bicultural/Multicultural/Light-Skinned Women Wear YOUR Stolen Crown!" http://muslimbushido.blogspot.com/2008/12/self-determination-part-1-my-dark.html

And, last but not least, please take the time to read the most hotly-discussed introspection post so far: "The Inner Sanctuary, Part 4: Are You Ready to Feel Flawless?" from 11/10/08 (there's a badge that links to this post at the top right on this screen, directly below the masthead).

8 comments:

sdg1844 said...

I learned about your blog over at Black Women, Blow The Trumpet. I'm currently reading the Sanctuary Series and nodding my head constantly.

Khadija said...

Welcome, SDG1844!

Thank you for taking the time to read the essays. As I say in the "Leave Your Comment" box on this page, please feel free to add your input to any post at any time. There's no "expiration date" for the issues that we're discussing.

I welcome, value, and learn a lot from the commenters. Sometimes, I learn that I'm mistaken! LOL!

Peace, blessings and solidarity.

New Moon said...

Khadija,

I love your blog! It’s like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

Khadija said...

Welcome, New Moon!

Thank you for your kind words!

Peace, blessings and solidarity.

Sandra77 said...

Khadija, I just wanted to say thank you for your blog. I found it from a reference on Evia's IR blog. Your blog, Evia's, Sara's, Halima's, and others are making such a big difference in black women's lives. You have moved us to think about and act differently upon so many issues that we have heretofore ignored. I read all your blogs and I keep just saying "yes, yes, yes" - now I know it's not just me who's been seeing all these things and wondering if I was the crazy one since no-one else was saying anything. So please keep blogging. Black women throughout the planet need to hear these words and change our lives.

Khadija said...

Welcome, Sandra77!

Thank you so much for your kind words & encouragement! I truly appreciate the support that I've gotten from readers & other bloggers.

Reading the blogs of thoughtful, brilliant Black women (like the ones you named & others) helped me help myself to enrich my own life. I'm just trying to "pay it forward"!

Peace, blessings and solidarity.

Kofi Bofah said...

I am a man.

I hope that I can be welcomed here, also.

I am floating through blog world via Black Women blow the Trumpet.

Blog world is very random...

Khadija said...

Welcome, Kofi Bofah!

Thank you for taking the time to read the essays. As I say in the "Leave Your Comment" box on this page, please feel free to add your input to any post at any time. There's no "expiration date" for the issues that we're discussing.

Everybody who supports justice for Black women and children is welcome here! Standing for justice is the only criterion.

Peace, blessings and solidarity.