Ubuntu is a powerful word across the African diaspora. It comes from South Africa and means “A person is a person because of other people” or “I am because you are.”
In other words, we are each other’s business and must remain connected–even God says so.
Our humanness will always be interconnected with other humans because “no man is an island.” Our people have always known this, but living in an anti-Black society has tried to convince us otherwise.
Rugged individualism is not God’s will. We were divinely created to be relational and live in community with one another.
Our lives were designed to be communal, and liberation can only happen when we embody Ubuntu. “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” - Galatians 5:13
Living in an anti-Black, capitalist society has convinced us that individualism is how we should live. But as children of God and Black folks, ‘Ubuntu’ has always been who we are and must continue to be to get the liberation we imagine.
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