National Review’s Matt Schlapp: “I don’t think I’m Afraid.”
Matt Schlack (@mschlapp) October 21, 2017 The National Review has a very simple slogan: “You’re Not Afared.”
That’s a meme, a meme with a catchy catchphrase.
It can be used as a punchline in a tweet or in an email.
It’s also a meme that is both funny and deeply effective.
In its most basic form, the slogan “You are not afraid” makes the point that, despite all our fears, we have never truly been afraid of anything.
When I heard the phrase in a TED talk a few years ago, I immediately thought of the slogan used by the rapper Lil B: “Yo, you are not scared.”
In this meme, Lil B is making the point not only that we are not “scared,” but that we also do not need to be afraid.
This phrase can be applied to the entire world, which is to say, we do not have to fear the world.
The phrase “You Are Not Afriad” is often used by white people, but it’s particularly powerful when used by black people.
It suggests that black people, like the rest of the world, are not inherently scared of any white person.
We have not been afraid to be angry, and we will not be afraid to scream, to yell, or to yell again.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently awarded a grant to “Achievement Center for Black Excellence,” which was designed to “create an interdisciplinary curriculum and research base that will enhance and expand the capacities of African-American teachers to engage in the creative process.”
This program is modeled after the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (NASAS) Arts Initiative, which was established to “develop curricula and resources that provide high-quality instruction for students in a diverse range of disciplines.”
As the New York Times reported, the goal of the NASAS Arts Initiative is to “build on our collective understanding of African American history, culture, and art, and to provide opportunities for students to engage with artists from the Black community through the development of an art history curriculum.”
The NASAS arts initiative was founded in 1997 to foster “art education that empowers the Black artists, thinkers, and professionals to develop their artistic and creative capacities.”
In other words, the NASAs goal is to encourage the creation of a “black cultural heritage,” but, of course, this does not mean that black artists can be completely excluded from the NASas curriculum.
In fact, the NEA has a long history of providing support to black artists.
It awarded $4.5 million to African American artists in 2013, and a similar grant was awarded in 2017 to support African American film directors.
The NASAs own arts initiative is also in support of black writers, artists, and thinkers, but its goal is not to promote “black culture.”
Rather, it is to provide resources for African Americans to engage and learn from black people in the arts.
The goal of this grant, according to NEA executive director Cecilia Muñoz, is to create a “research base that allows African American educators to explore how the arts can be utilized to teach critical thinking, empathy, and creativity.”
This research base will also serve as a learning environment for students and their families to share their research, so that the NASA’s goal of fostering the arts “will become a reality.”
This is a goal that many black people share.
In my hometown of Memphis, for example, black writers and artists are able to participate in the NASS arts program because it is specifically designed to support and support black writers.
The NEA, of all institutions, should not be providing financial support to organizations that actively encourage and promote the marginalization of Black people.
The purpose of this program is to educate black people and provide resources to them, not to encourage and support the marginalisation of Black voices.
But the phrase “you are not Afriad,” in its simplest form, can be an effective meme.
That’s because it can also be used to inspire other people to adopt a similar approach to their own fear.
It may be a bit too much to ask that we embrace this meme to celebrate the joys of being an individual, but in the end, we must embrace it because, for all of us, the meme is the very thing that is keeping us all safe.
I don’t know what to call it.
But I’m going to call the meme the “I Am Not Afred” meme.