THE ESTABLISHMENT

Background | Philosophy | Operations | Solutions

P-CoC Inc approaches the combat of racist ideologies from a place of understanding and not blame, but yet lift to the surface elements that reinforce racism, and colorism to advocate for change

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BACKGROUND

"Juneteenth," celebrating the date of the emancipation of the last slaves, also marks the first meeting of this Education-Advocacy group, P-CoC Inc | Parenting Children of Color, on June 19th, 2020, at the residence of the Founding President, Dr. Damaris-Lois Yamoah Lang.  Dr. Lang, whose doctoral work focused on the neurobiology of behavior (paternal care), explains that social behaviors, including racism and colorism, stem from the brain's perceptions. She emphasized that addressing racial inequities in our society will require curtailing of negative outside influx, which causes a shift in our facial skin-tone recognition primed-brain into the realm of unconscious bias associated with racial stereotypes. The work of P-CoC Inc is laser-focused on Racial Equities. Although racial injustice symptoms may present themselves as those of other social injustices, the pathology of racial injustice is undoubtedly different from those of other social injustices. Understanding race's neuronal basis is critical in treating the social pandemic of racism and colorism at its core. 

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PHILOSOPHY

P-CoC's embedded driving philosophy is this; problem-solving becomes problem creation if not tackled from a place of goodwill. Addressing racial inequities through awareness alone is woefully inadequate. P-CoC combats racist ideologies from a place of understanding and not blame while seeking to lift to the surface elements that reinforce racism and colorism. The driving work of P-CoC lies in studies surrounding Neuroethology, Cognitive Psychology, and Racial Education. Neuroethology is the study of the neural basis of natural behavior. Studies have provided insights into the underlying mechanism of how facial skin-toned recognition(an element of racial identity) leaned at early human development (as neonates) can be impacted by social reinforcers positively or negatively, from childhood into adulthood, significantly heightened at puberty age. Negative social stereotypic re-enforcers produce racial bias – a learned behavior, which requires a mechanism of active unlearning to mitigate the social impact created. An intentional and active measure is needed. Neuronal studies show that the difficulty in facial recognition based on race corresponds to decreased activation in the brain's fusiform area whiles increasing the amygdala-the fear center. Furthermore, the negative societal stereotypes ascribed to black skin-toned individuals further reinforce the brain's fear centers, increasing biases exhibited in social characteristics in colorism and racial inequities.

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OPERATIONS

The work of P-CoC is to support and provide Educational-Advocacy in the Schools and Communities. P-CoC Inc holds workshops, seminars, and advocates by calling to action the need for an active approach to solving racial inequities. The Governing Board of P-CoC, [ Lang, Damaris-Lois |President; Hopewell, Scott |Vice President; Villalona, Karina |Secretary; Allen, Vikki-Lynne |Treasurer, and Chair of the Advisory Board, Tesfa Stewart] are committed to the work of P-CoC Inc. One of the Governing Board's vital work worth emphasizing is to guard against "mission creep" (a change that pushes an organization past its original reasons for its establishment and goals). The organizational structure, the middle across collective-impact, an integrated approach of our logic of engagement, and the mode of operation in a collegial, collaborative, solution-oriented, and assertive, if needed, serves as the propeller in running the organization.  P-CoC Inc's work includes direct engagements by the governing board, together with operations through ad-hoc committees.

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SOLUTIONS

Persons of color often face a stereotype threat-a predicament in our society that adds to school difficulty. Studies have shown that the brain clouded with emotions does not perform rationally, including academic achievement, especially in adolescence who exhibit massive changes in their cognitive and metacognitive states. The first step is for the education system to break free from the shackles of skewed and stereotypic representation of persons-of-color. Attain a well-rounded holistic education school’s curricular material must reflect an increased ethnic diversity, as portrayed in the human race. Societal systems should include a broader representation of persons-of-color outside negative stereotypes. These efforts will aid in alleviating norms perpetuating hate, including self-hate. Applying appropriate pedagogy in our children's education process on race-sensitive material is vital.  Positive representation in social outlets, entertainment, media, and the like, will collectively influence our society's socio-racial outlook. These practical efforts are necessary to diminish unconscious bias attitudes or stereotypes that affect our views, actions, and decision-making ability. Racial identity learned from infancy will require that persons-of-color see themselves reflected in our curricular literature and their educators in academic settings to facilitate a more rigorous inspirational engagement vital to academic success. Most of the curricular literature referred to as "the classics" lacks racial diversity, dominated by non-persons-of-color (euro-centric). Curricular material development and academic publishing will require a more active and intentional approach to develop racial diversity within curricula. The community approach requires the general public's education to understand the issues at stake, increase awareness, and work against ideologies that set one ethnicity as dominant over the other within our human race, thereby achieving an anti-racist society's mindsets.