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
“Those” Names— Carleen Brice, Walk Tall
“Those” names, the shaming and maiming names spit at us on playgrounds, whispered behind our backs in offices, and shouted at us from speeding cars.
In “Spic-O-Rama,” comedian John Leguizamo took one of “those” names and turned it against itself. Through humor, Leguizamo owned his power of thought. The word spic no longer had the ability to wound.
We, too, can take back our power. We don’t have to let ignorant, insecure people hurt us. Nigger, Chink, Jap, wetback, and the rest are only words, but we give them life when we feel ashamed and hurt. We give them life when we believe what they say about us; insults only injure when we think they are true. When we know the truth about who we are, “those” names lose their sting. We don’t have to accept it when someone calls us an insulting name. We should be assertive and tell people what we think of their abusive language.
We can do so with dignity and calm without sinking to their level. Insults tell more about the people who use such foul language than they do about us. We do not have to accept abusive treatment from others, nor do we have to let their insults affect our self-esteem.
I know the truth about myself. I am a precious child of God.