#BETAwards and Compassionate Independence

LaGuardia Performance Arts High School alum and Trinidad and Tobago native Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards 2014

LaGuardia Performance Arts High School alum and Trinidad and Tobago native Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards 2014

 

Happy July! I hope this July 4th will find you safe, affirmed and celebrating your independence. This month at Progressive Pupil, we celebrate struggles for self-determination in Black communities throughout the world.

If you are reading this on The Progress: a Progressive Pupil blog, chances are you have had the opportunity to make some constructive choices about how to see yourself and your community.   You have also probably had access to some positive role models either in person or through books and film. These kinds of life chances are essential to exercising independence and autonomy.  Although in theory we may have compassion for members of our communities who have not had similarly constructive chances, in practice on social media it can be hard to resist the opportunity to put down people – especially extremely visible people like Nicki Minaj – who have not. (You can click photo above for her acceptance speech).

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