"Heal Our Culture" as an inquiry project by Dr. Wesley Fryer of Matthews, North Carolina. In multiple ways, we need to work together to heal our culture from the wounds and scars of the past, which include systemic racism, white supremacy, patriarchy, religious bigotry, and a variety of other discriminatory policies, attitudes and behaviors. In addition, we need campaign finance reform, criminal justice reform, and health care reform. We need to end the widespread, toxic worship of tactical firearms. We need to respect and celebrate diversity in all its forms as well as cultivate resilient skills and dispositions as informed, saavy citizens of our communities, states, nations and world. Overall (especially in the United States) we need to CARE FOR EACH OTHER more, and elevate the cultural values of love, kindness, respect, patience, gentleness, and listening.
This website includes resources relating to this inquiry (and potentially book) project. I (Wes Fryer) am also sharing links and resources on social media with the hashtag #HealOurCulture and periodically collecting / sharing some of those resources here. (Twitter - Mastodon)
You may also be interested in these other related projects and websites I maintain:
Conspiracies and Culture Wars (a media literacy inquiry project)
Star Trek Plus ("an inquiry into the future project")
"Human rights are not states rights"
The essence of human rights lies in their universality – they are inherent entitlements belonging to every individual, not privileges granted by state authorities subject to alteration by local governments or popular opinion. These rights are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, yet there persists a global debate over the extent of one's humanity and the full spectrum of rights that should be universally guaranteed. These rights surpass even those outlined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, encompassing the liberties of marriage to a partner of one’s choosing, the recognition of one's self-identified gender identity, and the right of women to have sovereignty over their reproductive decisions without government interference. Additionally, human rights provide protections against torture and enslavement, even in situations of incarceration. At their core, these rights include the fundamental right to life, safeguarding individuals from state-sanctioned execution and from inhumane conditions such as prolonged solitary confinement. Human rights are inalienable and non-negotiable. *
Mission: "Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery."
"Levine Museum builds a stronger, more equitable community by connecting people to Charlotte and to each other through history, culture, and celebration. Our exhibitions and programs foster empathy, ignite dialogue, and inspire action."
Museums and Projects
International African American Museum (Charleston, SC)
National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, DC)
Oklahoma Black Homesteader Project (Univ of Nebraska)
On Malcom X
A Pulitzer Prize Biography On The Life Of Malcom X (Friends Like Us Podcast, 29 December 2021)
Malcom X (1992 movie by Spike Lee)
Malcom X Interview at UC Berkeley (October 1963)
13th (2016 Netflix documentary)
Race - Whiteness - White Supremacy
James Baldwin - Collected Essays - Library Of America - Free via Internet Archive
The Little Book of Racial Healing (about CTTT) by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Jodie Geddes