All My Relatives – La Familia, the Village, the Tribe

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Principle #8

Let us begin the exploration of the family aspect with the following series of (for this post) short quotes:

To understand the principle of all my relatives, let us first look at how this manifests in communities of color and then consider the different ways these relationships expand to embrace a much wider circle. We can then discern how treating people as relatives would transform leadership and create a society that is more compassionate, equitable, and socially responsible.

Bordas, Juana (2012-03-26). Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age (p. 165). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Like a tribal drumbeat, ubuntu resonates across African cultures and wraps people together— my humanity is tied to your humanity . It is not an ethereal spiritual concept of oneness, but a real day-to-day obligation to be sharing, open, and welcoming toward others..

Because culture is learned, the important thing to realize is that people can develop affinities and sensitivities for a number of different cultures. Leaders can acquire multicultural competencies, and expand their abilities to reach and connect with people from an increasing diversity of cultures.

Bordas, Juana (2012-03-26). Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age (p. 168-170). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Bordas talks about this principle of Ubuntu – how everyone is tied to everyone else, and says this should reach across all cultures, not just within the cultures. Culture, after all, is learned, and leaders that learn multicultural competencies can expand this sense of family. This leads, ultimately, to this excellent conclusion about how Christ was the center of the early civil rights movement:

Many leaders in communities of color have sought not just to liberate the human spirit, but to alleviate the harsh conditions many people encounter here on earth. In Young’s book, An Easy Burden, the chapter “The Lord Is with This Movement” confirms the integration of spirituality and social action. During the early civil rights protests, all demonstrators were required to sign a pledge for nonviolence that included these principles:

  • Meditate daily on the life and teachings of Jesus
  • Walk and talk in the manner of love— for God is love
  • Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men may be free
  • Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health

Bordas, Juana (2012-03-26). Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age (p. 175). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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