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We Will Survive 2017 and Beyond

200x200There are always people who predict this or that but time is the only proof of the outcome of events. With 2017 just a few days away, I hear nearly everyone feeling as if the end in near. One of these so-called preachers went so far as to say Jesus is coming back. I would not agree with, but I would hope he will. The mess mankind has made of society and this world I would not want to come back to this either!

I don’t think there is much doubt in the minds of most disaster awaits!  I say this because after seeing our first Black president elected, and re-elected, the spectacle of seeing the man who denied President Obama’s citizenship elected to replace him is devastating. Seeing the KKK and Neo-Nazis say how proud they are to have helped elect Donald Trump is disturbing. Seeing a man who openly bragged about sexually assaulting women elected to President against a woman is just plain old ugly.

Most believe that Donald Trump is a terrible human being, but he is white, which is a major trump card. Black people, we know that rule has always applied in America. However, we have endured slavery, Jim Crow, lynching, and horrendous crimes inflicted upon our people – just because of skin color and we survived.

During a period of 341 years, tens of millions of Africans were stolen from their land taken away from their families and transported across the ocean to be forced into slavery. Husbands were ripped from wives, children were separated from their mothers, siblings were sent off not only to different plantations but different nations. Endured the middle passage, suffered 400 years of terror and we survived. Let me say, there are going to be some tough days ahead, yes, and most feel that Donald Trump is a terrible human being, but the fact is we have stared down terrible human beings before and survived.

From the late 1800s until this today, America imposed a Jim Crow system and now a New Jim Crow. We have endured widespread lynching’s, endured water hoses and dogs, beginning trampled by horses, denied the right to vote, and endured humiliation and segregation. More dangerous the modern day for of slavery as a result of the 13th Amendment; mass incarceration and police brutality. They assassinated our leaders; Malcolm, Martin, Medgar Evers and Fred Hampton. Also, COINTELPRO and the systemic government destruction of every civil and human rights movement black people ever built. Also, the genocide of places like Black Wall Street in Tulsa and the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, Hurricane Katrina, years of substandard housing and education.

Whatever they have thrown at us, we have survived. These are just a few of the atrocities inflicted upon black people that we have lived through and we are still here. Of course, it is clear we have “not overcome”! On an optimistic note, do not be afraid. Do not be overcome with worry or dread. Do not allow the possible stress of tomorrow or of the unknown challenges that will surely come our way to keep you in a self-imposed bondage. We have seen Trump like people before!

I am deeply concerned about Trump, but we have faced down tens of thousands of bullies, bad people, and yet lived to tell the story. He is not new. His lies, his ways, his strategies, are not new. They are as old as the world itself but if you allow the threat of what might happen frighten you, yes the end is near – you and black people lose. Unity is the answer! And that’s my thought provoking perspective….


Thoughts For Our Survival

1I 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…


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