The issue of Umar Johnson and his mission to build a new academy for Black boys, provoked a number of issues and perspectives, either from his tenacious supporters or steadfast critics. I’ve engaged some of these issues by writing an article supporting his mission to build the academy, an open letter asking him to respond to community questions concerning his leadership ethics and fundraising transparency, and a third article arguing that we have a right and responsibility to question and critique Umar, or anyone else for that matter.
These three articles have helped to stimulate plenty of engaged and intelligent dialogue around the topics of Black leadership, and the role of legitimate critique in the Black community, all across the country and in other parts of the world.
My articles, and hundreds of posts on social media pertaining to Umar Johnson, have also stimulated some of the most backward, reactionary and oppressor-friendly conversations…
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