Community Has Always Been, And Will Always Be, What Gets Us Free

black father holding a young child
Graciella Ye’Tsunami
May 16, 2024

Anti-Blackness fears our economic unity, so it pushes the narrative that to be “successful” means to get rich and flaunt your wealth. It means you do not share with others.  All this does is divide our community.

Isaiah 10:3 asks, “What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?” This verse reminds us that money won’t save us; community will.

Our ancestors valued and relied on the power of community. Our enslaved ancestors used secret spiritual gatherings to build community, share resources, and plan revolts. Before the horrific Tulsa Race Massacre, Black Wall Street thrived because of the community values its citizens upheld.

Because capitalism values individuality and competition,  we can sometimes underestimate the divine power of community. That power is so unrelenting that no bomb, torch, noose, bullet, law, or knee on a neck could ever take its impact away.

Our communities are spaces that reflect who we are, and as we lean into supporting each other, that reflection will only get brighter, clearer, and more powerful. We build strong communities of support by sharing resources and standing in solidarity with one another.