Tag Archives: equity

Zooming in on Dismantling Racism

Tune in for the eleventh episode of Zooming in on Sustainability” for a dialogue between Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Dr. Melissa Hargrove of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank. They will discuss “Dismantling Racism.” Learn the dynamics of how race was constructed. Anything constructed can be deconstructed.

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GOD is in the Grassroots

As an organizer of grassroots activism, I have witnessed how a grassroots movement gets something going and how those that do not want to do the hard work, sit safely away from the issue, but once they think that this issue is now one of financial benefit or media attention, they position themselves to walk in for the harvest. GOD repeated to me, “I am in the grassroots.”

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Hilton Head Island, SC and De @GullahGeechee

As “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2020” approaches, the Town of Hilton Head Island, SC has once again proclaimed the week of celebration: Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was also invited back to WHHI-TV to discuss the coming telethon, “Taking a Stand for Gullah/Geechee Land! #GullahGeechee2020” which will be held live virtually on …

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@GullahGeechee Battling Exploitation and Seeking Economic Equity

Within less than one month, native Gullah/Geechees have come together much in the way that they did 21 years ago when they stood together to stand on their human right to self-determination.  The recent wave of Gullah/Geechee unity managed to get four different white / Anglo owned companies to rebrand their products and no longer use the words “Gullah,” “Geechee” or “Geechie” to culturally and economically exploit the Gullah/Geechee people and their name.

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Zooming in on Racial Equity vs Reconciliation

Tune in to Episode 7 of “Zooming in on Sustainability”  will be a dialogue between Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Dr. Najmah Thomas of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank and Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.  They will discuss how policy is impacted by racial inequity and equity vs reconciliation.

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A 40 Year Stand for Gullah/Geechee Land

If our ancestors had this much belief in the intelligence among our people back in 1865 to maintain their freedom, I will not give up on believing that we still have it now!  The Gullah/Geechee Nation came into existence because there were those amongst us that wanted to maintain our freedom and continue our culture on our land.  Webe self-determined Gullah/Geechee!

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Ending the Plantation, Mascotification, and Exploitation in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Over the past two decades since the Gullah/Geechee people came together to stand on their human right to self-determination, leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have stood up against the on-slaught of mechanisms designed to displace them from the Sea Islands and to degrade their culture. Being vocal about the displacement caused by and the use of the word “plantation” on gated areas has caused many of the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to be shunned and to even be targeted with threats. Yet, they have continued to speak out clearly against the denigrating effect of seeing the word “plantation” on gated areas, especially on Hilton Head Island, SC. Also, by the 20th Anniversary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the mascotification and economic exploitation by Revelry Brewing Company and Gullah Gourmet in Charleston, SC has to come to an end!

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Culture, Climate Change, Preparedness and Equity Amidst the Rising Sea @GullahGeechee

More oft than not, the dialogue and discussions about hurricanes and climate change have taken on the scope of devaluing locations financially in order to justify where funding and other resources will be directed during emergency responses and the restorations that follow. Given that many of us that live on the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are part of a major tourists destination, we bear the burden of being capitalized on by many people of other cultures that see this area and any information that they can obtain about Gullah/Geechee traditions as tools to exploit the culture and the area for financial gain. The gated, suburbanized, resort, and gentrified properties are used to calculate the value of damage that would come after a storm hits or major flooding takes place. However, the value of the cultural heritage in these locations is not measurable via metrics and formulas. Therefore, the priceless nature of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is not something that de cumya comprehend.

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Leaders CREATE

Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins and Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are now a part of the CREATE Initiative. With the by-line, “Engage to change.” the CREATE Initiative advances research and education at the intersection of water and equity through community engagement, interdisciplinary scholarship, and graduate training.

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Gullah/Geechee Surviving and Thriving as the Sea Rises

It took the waters coming down over and over again as the seas rose day after day for people to begin to pay attention to what we spoke of generations ago about not building in certain areas and not building out into our waterways…no one was prepared for the supermoon to be coupled with all of this when the rain started falling and falling and falling in South Carolina and graves started to wash out and the sands started to move and as the sands moved, the roads collapsed and as more sands moved the houses fell and the streets flooded and what they had built came down.

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