I’m putting together a series to run, possibly in May after I come back from my East Coast trip, about “uncommonly” held beliefs on race, religion, politics, economics, health/lifestyle and gender amongst black Americans. The series is meant to feature polemics challenging long-held beliefs within the community on “facts” we often take for granted and don’t reassess.
Anything and everything goes. No subject is off-limits. Nothing is too taboo. A matter of fact, the taboo is encouraged. The idea is to get people talking and thinking about why we believe what we believe and whether or not these beliefs are valid, necessary, if we should cling tighter to them, let them go or create something different altogether.
Some potential stories could be:
- Your case on why the black “marriage” crisis isn’t a crisis, but a case of retrograde thinking
- Why you think it’s archaic or unnecessary to date solely within your own race
- Why you think Affirmative Action has run its course
- Arguments for and against the modern black church
- Why you think integration was a mistake
- Arguments for political realignments or for more political diversity in the black community
- Arguments on what a sexual revolution for black women would and should look like
The more novel your ideas (with lots of sources and solutions to back it up) the more likely it will be picked to be part of the series.
If you have an idea you’d like to see me explore, please send it to me via email or if you have an idea you’d like to write yourself and see published on the site, submit your idea via email. Ten stories of “Unconventional Wisdom” will ultimately be chosen to challenge what is perceived as popular opinion in the black community.
For those of you with strong opinions (but are used to getting shouted down before you can get a word out), this is your chance to explain, in detail, why you’re right and why the rest of us need a good calibration.
Afterwards, those with the strongest arguments against the polemic will be allowed to present their own ideas and reactions to these pieces.
I hope you’ll want to help by participating in this project and will share your thoughts! With that said … Happy offending!