Icons: Rastafarians

Musical group Israel Vibration

Musical group Israel Vibration

When the word Rastafarian comes to mind, many people tend to think of ganja smoking Jamaicans. Though being of Jamaican descent myself, I never took a closer look at the Rastafarian movement (I just knew my mother would kill me if I ever dated one). It wasn’t until I first watched the Bob Marley documentary Marley that I learned the rich set of principles that guides the Rastafarian way of life.

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Black & Angry

Image Courtesy of #ITooAmHarvard Campaign

Image Courtesy of #ITooAmHarvard Campaign

Avoid. Accommodate. Compromise. Repeat.

In their renowned text The Managerial Grid, Blake and Mouton describe 5 methods of coping with conflict: Collaborating, Competing, Accommodating, Avoiding and Compromising. Given racist stereotypes about Black people being violent, angry, and overly emotional – do African Americans choose too frequently to accommodate, avoid, and compromise to fit in? What are the consequences to their mental and physical health as a result?
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#TeamNatural?

As the natural hair movement grows, Black woman of all ages are being exposed to different standards and faces of beauty. Straight and long locks are no longer the only kind images that are portrayed by major companies such as this featured photo from fashion magazine, Vogue Italia.

As the natural hair movement grows, Black woman of all ages are being exposed to different standards and faces of beauty. Straight and long locks are no longer the only popularized images. This is a featured photo from fashion magazine, Vogue Italia.

The natural hair movement advocates self-empowerment and creative expression, but is #teamnatural advancing is own set of restrictive rules and unrealistic beauty standards?
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Avoid. Accommodate. Compromise. Repeat.

 

Delois Blakely at a 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. protest. Image courtesy of the New York Times.

Image courtesy of the New York Times

Editor’s Note: We like to keep profanity, violence, and misogyny to a minimum at Progressive Pupil, but we do not believe in stifling the voices of our writers and community. Be warned, there is some strong language to follow.  In their renowned text The Managerial Grid, Blake and Mouton describe 5 methods of coping with conflict: Collaborating, Competing, Accomodating, Avoiding and Compromising. Given racist stereotypes about Black people being violent, angry and overly emotional – do African Americans choose too frequently to accommodate, avoid, and compromise to fit in?  If so, what are the mental and physical consequences? (more…)

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