Fenobia I. Dallas, Ph.D.
Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Professional Writing
Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710

Think About Possibilities

"You betta think, think about what you're trying to do to me..."
~ Aretha Franklin

Theory and ideology constitute a set of beliefs or concepts that dictate our actions. As we are varied in our beliefs and complexity of beliefs, so should our theories and ideologies be as complex. To attempt to reduce theory to a basic "norm" simply means that other points of view have been set aside, discarded, ignored, and belittled. In essence, what you do to my theory and ideology, you do unto me.

"Community extends through time and space to include the ancestors, those now physically present, and future children. All collectively comprise 'community,' which refers to the ancestors, those now living, and those not yet born. Community here is not bound by physical or temporal limits" (James and Farmer, 32).

"The devaluation of community and African thinking overlooks the universal aspects of the philosophy and theorizing of African 'traditionalists,' particularly women" (James and Farmer, 121).

James and Farmer argue that Black women show their communal cohesiveness by sharing their desire to be heard and seen as gendered and racialized beings. Their words, their actions, their desire to be the nurturing foundation of our communities transcends temporal limitations.

James, Joy and Ruth Farmer, eds. Spirit, Space & Survival: African American Women in (White) Academe. New York: Routledge, 1993.

Asante, Molefi Kete. The Afrocentric Idea: Revised and expanded edition. Philadelphia: Temple U P, 1998.

Cole, Johnnetta Betsch and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities. New York: One World, 2003.

We study, investigate, and analyze in order to understand, and then share that understanding.

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