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
Anger— Carleen Brice, Walk Tall
It is all right to be angry. What is unhealthy is to stuff anger (or any emotion) inside and not to express it. All emotions come out, whether we consciously communicate them or not. It’s inappropriate to voice our anger in sideways methods by using the silent treatment or leaving in the middle of an argument. It’s definitely inappropriate to vent hostilities with physical violence. If we aren’t able to express our anger verbally, we can use other methods: Yell into a pillow, go for a jog, or write a nasty letter. Do something to release the feelings.
Anger turns inward when we don’t tell others that we are angry or, at least, slam a couple of doors. Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t tell someone how you felt and then spent days kicking yourself for not speaking up? The anger has to go somewhere, and we often feel safer directing it toward ourselves. But it’s not safer. Repressed anger leads to depression.
We can assertively, honestly, and diplomatically share our anger with others. We can tell others what they did and how we feel about it. We can ask for what we want to correct the problem. It is as natural for us to feel anger as it is to feel joy. And it’s human to express both. Don’t stuff your anger—let it out.
It’s OK for me to be angry.