Eracism Foundation Background:
Eracism Foundation Inc. is a 501c3 Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation that was founded on January 5, 2006 by Oscar Winning Actor Louis Gossett Jr., who upon envisioning the organization, has committed the last quadrant of his life to an all out conscious offensive against racism, violence, and ignorance relative to the role and significance of history in positioning individuals and collective communities for the future.
Our mission is to eradicate the systematic impacts of all forms of racism by providing programs that foster cultural diversity, historical enrichment, education, and antiviolence initiatives.
The organization is grounded in its vision to contribute to the betterment of our society by addressing the negative impacts of racism therein. By addressing these issues, connecting individuals to their history/culture, and empowering them with the appropriate educational and training resources available in our programs, we will position the recipients of these services to improve the quality of life in their respective communities. It is our belief that through this vital connection to such services and a connection to their past, individuals will be better equipped to embark on a positive future for the benefit of their collective communities in the process
Our position is to serve as a vital resource between communities impacted by violence and their access to the tools necessary to improve their current circumstances:
Engaging youth involved in gang activity with a series of intensive antiviolence camp initiatives and forums designed to promote peace, antiviolence, personal responsibility, and re-entry into positive, productive citizenship.
Educating the community through after school programs focusing on mentoring and tutorial services to nurture the academic and professional development of children from diverse communities.
Historically enriching the community and promoting diversity through a series of documentaries, psychodramas, plays, and interactive videos addressing the historical contributions and current relevance of these efforts in improving the quality of life among today’s youth and adults alike.
Words To Think On
Right Attitude— Carleen Brice, Walk Tall
I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love, and respect. —The Dalai Lama
Our attitudes and perceptions shape everything about our lives, including our relationships and our behavior.
Right attitude is knowing that we are responsible for our feelings. Our lovers, children, parents, bosses or friends do not control how we feel. Right attitude is taking care of ourselves and expecting others to take care of themselves. Right attitude is giving freely, wanting nothing in return.
The paradox is that, once we stop trying to get and focus on giving, we receive what we never would through manipulation, control, or deceit. When we operate with right attitude, we operate from a spiritual base. Some of the most “religious” folks are also the most judgmental, critical, and faultfinding. If we want to be truly spiritual people, we need to treat our fellow human beings with gentleness and love.
I know what motivates me, and I operate with right attitude.