I am of the opinion that black people remain a nation of people living in a nation without a nationality. There are some who will say because America has a black president this nation is now a post racial society, which could not be further from the true. I say it is just a disguise. The fact is it does not matter who is in the office; we, black people get nothing more than we have always had – nothing!
Well, this speaks to the institutions within the context of society that dictates the continuation of systems that exist within the country designed to protect the system for people some call the real Americans. It is because of this system of white supremacy that has been in existence from the founding of America that has caused the demise of people of color for which has been our fate for four hundred years.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson wrote the powerful novel “The Mis-Education of the Negro” in 1933, or thereabout, in it he challenged his readers to become empowered by doing for themselves. He said:
“Regardless of what we are taught history shows that it does not matter who is in power… those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.” This speaks volumes!
Dr. Woodson also said, “If you can control a man is thinking you never have to worry about what he thinks.” I will speak for me, no matter how messed up the world is and the minds of man; I am glad God made me, and I am unapologetically black! We must take responsibility for ourselves because life demands the survival of the fittest, just like in all other parts of the animal kingdom. As a people, black people have waited far too long and become much too dependent on those who are in charge of this system that was not created in our best interest.
Therefore, I say it is time to remove the shackles of bondage that mentally restrain many communities and the minds of our people. Malcolm X once said, “We spend too much time singing and not enough time swinging.” Let me be clear, I did not repeat this statement to advocate violence. Rather to suggest that we have spent centuries believing, following, and listening to the messages communicated to us by those who control our destiny making us believe that there is a better place for us when we’re dead. I say we have the right to live NOW!
I want to propose an idea that could be the answer to our salvation. There are about 42 million black folk living in America. If each one were to contribute just one dollar each week, that would add up to forty million dollars each week. Multiply that time’s fifty-two weeks and that’s over two-trillion dollars annually. We have people who run some of the world’s largest corporations who could manage that kind of money – invest it and make more money and as such many of the problems we face would go away.
If you find a problem with that – just think about how much most give to some pimp in the pulpit each Sunday merely get a show and nothing else in return. Hmmm!!! Overtime we’ve won many civil rights battles, which should never have had to be fought. Yet, we still don’t have the necessities we need to survive. So I say, as tenacious beings, it is time for survival and the time is now – if for no other reason than for our children.
Here is also something to think about: “Now is the time for us to come together with one another, to organize, to speak out and speak up on behalf of each other. There is no time to waste, while we debate, define, and discuss; the enemy continues his genocidal plan. We need to bear in mind the Ashanti proverb: ‘Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue.” – Dr. Mutulu Shakur. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…