In the words of Adisa Ajamu, writing for individuals is an existential statement: “I am here,” but for writers of Afrikan descent, it is a collective existential statement of defiance: “We are still here.”
An oppressed people need a journalism that speaks to their existence and their vision of the future. In my writing I strive to give precedence to the voices of the erased, the disappeared, the marginalized in my reporting, along with background/history and context. George Jackson once said, “Prestige bars any serious attack on power. Do people attack a thing they consider with awe, with a sense of its legitimacy?” My commitment is to social justice and by default social change, through the sharing of information, facts, critique, analyses and possibilities for the future. If that is not evident in my writing than I have failed in my purpose.