the only things keeping Black people in the condition that we are in center around failures. Our failing to remember how to confront and overcome various types of fear; our failing to remember how to confront and effectively neutralize the power that oppresses, seduces and robs us of dignity; and our failing to remember how to effectively use the individual and collective power we possess to change our condition and the condition of our people. There was a period when we awoke but then the oppressor came with a Plan B that put us back to sleep again and sent us to dreamland! Now is the time for the Reawakening of our people and the gathering for the harvest! The alternative is to watch our youth kill each other, starve in the streets and wither and rot in lock down institutions! A planned matrix of Spiritual, mental and physical death!
We empower the oppressor
by not being what we should be – by not remembering how great we are; by not remembering and promoting the dynamic movements the freed men and women – slaves and descendants of slaves - Negro Black Americans initiated; We do not need to dig in the ruins of Egypt or any other African country to know how brilliant, creative, powerful and innovative our people – the Sons and Daughters of Africa and their descendants around the planet were and still are. We need only to look closely at our true Negro Black American History – African-Caribbean History that took place right here in America and the Caribbean. Before we trip on 3000 BC we must understand true Negro Black American History from 1600 A.D. to 2009 A.D.!
Start with Tulsa Oklahoma. An example of what was and what the beast will do to destroy and stop economic empowerment and community development. I have posted four videos that are extremely important:
The Tulsa Riots Part 1 click here
Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma - Pt. 1 click here
Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma - Pt. 2 click here
Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma - Pt. 3 click here
These videos feature the people who lived the history - true Griots - sharing truth - not a Hollywood version of Greenwood. They present a vivid chapter of Negro Black American History that we must review, remember and learn from. There were numerous ‘Black Wall Streets’ – numerous thriving Black communities established throughout America. They were self sufficient thriving communities with businesses, schools, houses of worship. In these days there was ‘nation building’ going on!
Reality check: We were a segregated and superior community. Our HBCUs were turning out brilliant teachers, doctors, and lawyers that were teaching and treating our people – thriving in segregated communities. Segregation created prosperity for us – necessitated self reliance – forcing us to spend our money with our people – 90 percent of our money circulated in our communities!
Negro Black American is not a history of a weak cowardly, lazy people as the White version of history would have our children and the world believe. The form of chattel slavery practiced and supported by the European was the most vicious dehumanizing form of servitude ever perpetuated – the African Holocaust! Yet we are still here.
Ask yourself: What happened? – why have we been in such a terrible state of socio-political economic condition for the past 80 years; why have so many of our HBCUs deteriorated and have so few Negro Black American students graduating; why have the Black farmers loss millions of acres of land – a close look at history from 1700’s to date will answer all questions and also point the way to Where to go from here!
After reviewing the Tulsa videos kindly re-read Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic speech Where Do We Go From Here? Also click here and review the video of his speech on Economic Power
which I have also posted. Make sure to share this information with your children so that they understand that Negro Black America has always fought for change – that fighting for change and transformation of America did not start with the Obama run for political office, it started with the first African slave and first freed slave’s run for his life – fight for his freedom and justice in this hate filled land they found themselves marooned in!
Anyone who reads and understands Dr. Kings speech "Where Do We Go From Here?"
delivered at the Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta, Georgia to the 11th Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on August the 16th 1967 will see that Dr. King was moving beyond a Civil Rights Dream to Economic Empowerment. He was throwing down the ‘gauntlet’ to what I like to call the Economic Empowerment Warriors
. These are individuals, true Warriors, who are not blinded by the glitz nor deafened by the noise or silent about what is going on in America today or the international financial meltdown. Warriors who have and will continue to focus on the paths to Economic and Political Empowerment Dr. King charted and highlighted in this speech.
I have included excerpts from Where Do we Go From Here?
The entire speech can be downloaded at: http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/popular_requests/voice_of_king.htm
Our failure to remember and continue on the path has been costly!
.Perhaps the area of greatest concentration of my efforts has been in the cities of Chicago and Cleveland. …….
….The most dramatic success in Chicago has been Operation Breadbasket. Through Operation Breadbasket we have now achieved for the Negro community of Chicago more than twenty-two hundred new jobs with an income of approximately eighteen million dollars a year, new income to the Negro community…..[Applause]….; there was another area through this economic program, and that was the development of financial institutions which were controlled by Negroes
and which were sensitive to problems of economic deprivation of the Negro community
. The two banks in Chicago that were interested in helping Negro businessmen were largely unable to loan much because of limited assets. … And I can say to you today that as a result of Operation Breadbasket in Chicago, both of these Negro-operated banks have now more than double their assets, and this has been done in less than a year by the work of Operation Breadbasket. [applause]
……….. And finally, the ministers found that Negro contractors, from painters to masons, from electricians to excavators
, had also been forced to remain small by the monopolies of white contractors. Breadbasket negotiated agreements on new construction and rehabilitation work for the chain stores. These several interrelated aspects of economic development, all based on the power of organized consumers
, hold great possibilities …….. The kinds of requests made by Breadbasket in Chicago can be made not only of chain stores, but of almost any major industry in any city in the country
…..And so Operation Breadbasket .…. It simply says, "If you respect my dollar, you must respect my person."
It simply says that we will no longer spend our money where we can not get substantial jobs
…The problem indicates that our emphasis must be twofold: We must create full employment
, or we must create incomes
…..we are likely to find that the problem of housing, education, instead of preceding the elimination of poverty
, will themselves be affected if poverty is first abolished. …. Negroes, who have a double disability, will have a greater effect on discrimination when they have the additional weapon of cash to use in their struggle……
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