But the time for violent ructions is over. That is a bitter pill to swallow, but swallow it we must. There is an urgent need to wage a new type of revolution, a Silent Revolution, especially in historically black communities.
This silent revolution will happen mostly in public libraries: reading, studying, debating (based on factual posit), partaking in book clubs, researching, writing and developing our intellectual strength in the world.
If there is any one institution black people must ensure is abundantly provided in their communities it is a library for every thousand households. Black children must grow up spending the greater part of their upbringing in the company of their parents or guardians, inside a library, fully dedicated to a silent revolution: reading, playing educational games such as Scrabble, participating in kiddies’ book clubs and learning to formulate ideas they can express lucidly in debates.
But black folk are not doing this. Parents are telling their children to read, yet parents do not model the behaviour about which they preach. Instead they are witnessed by their children spending more time watching soapie after soapie, ad nauseam.