About the Eracism Foundation, Inc.

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.

Mission:

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.

Vision:

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

Position:

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

Fear of Rejection

Being rejected is one of the greatest fears people have. Being ostracized, isolated, or unloved are frightening to us because we need others to survive.

However, we shouldn’t allow our fear of rejection to drive us into unhealthy or dishonest situations. When we are afraid of being rejected, we may try to hide our true selves and become what we think others want us to be. Well adjusted people don’t want us to pretend to be someone we’re not. They are attracted to what is genuine within us.

What’s the antidote for this fear that depletes self-esteem and poisons relationships? The cure for fear of rejection is to love and be true to ourselves, to stop repressing our emotions and opinions in order to be accepted.

We can’t lose when we are being true to ourselves. If honesty and sincerity cause us to lose some friends, so be it. We will have the satisfaction of personal integrity and the knowledge that the people who are with us love us for who we really are. That’s worth more than all the fair-weather friends in the world!

Being rejected by others isn’t the worst that can happen to us. It would be far worse to reject ourselves.

I am not afraid of rejection. I know the rewards that come with being true to
myself.
— Carleen Brice, Walk Tall