Integration Was a Mistake!

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“I Fear I May Have Integrated My People Into a Burning House” – Martin Luther King Jr.

This notable quote got me to thinking some years back.  Around the early part of the millennium, I actually challenged some people on Blackvoices with my stance of integration being a great big fail.  Oh, the comments were so predictable, but a few over-stood my point.  That was a long time ago.

Now, looking back, and examining our country and the violence that has literally echoed images of the sixties; people being targeted by the police, and the murders of innocent Black men–does this sound like white folks trying to reign us in? Excited that Obama is leaving office and they can now take off their masks.

My epiphany came actually in a comment that I made to someone who had commented on one of my articles on this blog. It was to a white girl who said she felt bad about how Black people had been treated and how appalled she was. That was all good, but I challenged her with my rebuttal. Basically, I felt that white people can feel bad all they want, hold hands, sing songs, and wish us all the best, but the truth of the matter about race, racism, and global white supremacy is that white people really don’t want things to change because if so; than the fight really was about equality and not race. White people are not going to fight for the equality for Black people because that would mean their economic end.  And that’s what this war is really about–who controls the wealth. And right now, white folks have the upper-hand.  Does anyone truly think they are going to do something to shake the apples off of that tree?  Of course not.

Depending on white folks to change in order to free us was ridiculous and chaotic.  It split our community and weakened our ability to do for ourselves.   Yes. We have many Black entrepreneurs, but this should have been the model from the beginning. From Booker T. Washington to the late Elijah Muhammad, all stated that our greatest efforts should be in building wealth in our own communities.  Integration destroyed Black economic independence.  We were doing just fine before this became the directive of civil rights leaders, but in reality; it’s just stupid.  Was it all vanity?  Did many desire acceptance of the white man rather than RESPECT for our own ingenuity?

So what did Martin mean by the above statement? He felt that America wasn’t living up to its creed and values. Even he knew that this was an economic fight.  He made that comment to Harry Belafonte before he was assassinated.

In 2015, The Black Buying Power reached 1 Trillion dollars.  But if we aren’t harnessing that money into our own communities; the wealth that could be generated is only keeping our oppressor richer, and us, dependent on goods and services form others, but never benefiting from our economic power.

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A few days ago, someone made a very insightful comment: this person stated that a degree was only a VIP pass for many of us to work for our oppressor. Black folks have always valued education but we are the only race of people who obtain mountains of education, only to work for someone else.The irony of this is that many of us are being educated by people who don’t give a damn about us.

Why not create new markets with those brains and control them, as the Asians have done that with Black hair care. The irony and ignorance of that is just impugning.

Integration is like moving into a house, but you are only renting. The money you pay will not benefit you and certainly not empower your children; it will only enable the owner of that home to pass along that home to their children–that you helped pay for.  What will you children inherit?

In truth, Black people have become an occupied state.  Who are the people making money from our people?  And back to those Asians.  Just how many Asian shop owners are sending their children to college because of our lack of economic intelligence?

If this were a true partnership; we wouldn’t be dependent on our oppressor and our lack of understanding of this, puts us at true socio-economic risk and security.

And What Will Be Our Response?

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Every single day, there is something challenging us.

If it’s not what it’s being said about us, it’s direct confrontation on our culture.

We are in a state of emergency whether people want to believe that or not.

There have many days in which I envision some kind of attack, and what our response will be.

Dr. Umar Johnson, noted Clinical Psychologist and lecturer, has stated publicly that the government is creating disturbances on purpose as some kind of “test run” on the public.  And why is that?  To impose Martial Law on Black people.  Basically, to have a reason to wipe us out.  That’s always been the plan of the white establishment.

Everyone has been protesting.  I saw an image yesterday of those who marched on Ferguson last year and I can only wonder what will be the follow-up.  Will they implement a strategy and plan of attack to achieve their goals? And just what are they?

People are so quick to join the bandwagon, but no one ever checks to see if the brakes work before the crash.

We are a people divided.  No one can agree to a separate agenda to rally around.

All of the players are out for themselves and could care less whom they use to achieve notoriety.

Black people are a mess right now and or enemy knows it.  They just keep intensifying their tactics, just to see how we’ll respond, and frankly, it’s very clear that many Black people aren’t prepared for such an onslaught of attack.  They know it too.

We are not a community anymore.  More than any other group, Black people practice radical individualism.  I got mine…you get yours.  That’s the mentality, and just look at where it’s gotten us: we no longer talk to our neighbors.  We don’t help our families. Everything we do has a price.  And just what do Black people invest in?

Still yet, we blame white folks and white supremacy for all of our downfalls.  Is it really their fault totally, or should we bear some accountability?

The basic truth here: Many of us are afraid to confront white people.  And this has been a major weakness, so much so, white men have become arrogant in their disrespect towards our women and children.

Psychologically speaking, a person who is willing to be disrespected in order to be accepted, is a person who has little self-respect.

So what do we do?

We gotta close ranks.  We have to stop tolerating cowards.

Everything we are is because of what we accept.  And it is simply unacceptable for Black people to keep condoning the disrespect on our community and people.

I’m not afraid to fight.  The images in my mind are violent.  There is an immediate responsibility that needs to be charged here.  If freedom means that I must sacrifice who I am in order to protect my enemy’s feelings, it won’t happen.

In the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King: “If peace means accepting second class citizenship, then I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of evil and injustice, then I don’t want it. If peace means being complacent and accepting the status quo, then I don’t want it. If peace means being passive, then I don’t want it. If peace means a willingness to be exploited and humiliated, then that’s the kind of peace that I don’t want—-DR. KING (from his speech in Louisville Kentucky , 1956)

Until the Black man, the Black woman, and the Black family is unified, there will be NO REVOLUTION!

Agreed.

Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III Move To Chicago To Spotlight Anti-Gun Violence Activists

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Really?

While listening to The Tom Joyner Morning Show yesterday morning, I learned of this and all I could think was…And just what is he supposed to do?

Apparently, Martin Luther King III is going to be his roomate and when I try to put this together in my mind; honestly, I just have an attitude of real ambivalence and I don’t expect much to happen.

It’s just yet another personality trying to garner the spotlight by proxy; on an issue that is a hot-button topic nationally.

Let’s just be real: Al Sharpton is seen in some circles as a media hustler.  He’s a heralded poverty pimp.  The success that’s he’s obtained is through strategic association with notable personalities that can validate him.  Now, let’s be clear.  No matter how much endorsement you get; the bottom line is: you better have the stones to handle that kind of platform.

Al Sharpton does have an ability to talk the talk.  He’s very street-savvy.  But is that enough?

As for Martin Luther King III.  What has he really done?  He’s banking on his father’s legacy to give him some kind of credibility.  He’s done absolutely nothing on his own that has earned him any form of respect.  And frankly, I feel he’s too much of a wimp.  There’s nothing strong or commanding about him.

The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did come to Chicago back in the mid 1960’s to focus on poverty.

I can only guess that Martin the third thinks he can bank on this subliminally.

Chicago is a tough town.  No question about it.

I grew up in this town.  There has always been a legacy of violence here.  The gangs here are no joke, but the issues impacting communities around the city’s south side have more to do with economics, social neglect, apathy, historical racism, classism, and ignorance.

The violence that is prevalent in those neighborhoods had a catalyst and its name was Richard J. Daley.  Chicago’s tough mayor who ran the city like an overlord.   He was considered to be one of the top ten most powerful mayors that ever lived. Poverty begets poverty, and Daley’s tactics literally created the foundation for much of what people have seen reported on the news.  At the time of Daley’s tenure as mayor in the city  of Chicago, it was standard practice to segregate minorities.  During the 1920’s through the 1960’s; The influx of southern Blacks into Chicago created a fear in many of the city’s white leaders and they came up with a plan: To house those Blacks in areas that were cut off from the whiter areas of the community.  Hence, the reason why many projects went up in the city.  When the federal government broke the strict housing covenants that existed in Chicago; those Blacks that could move; took the opportunity and moved their families to the suburbs.  Many businesses and jobs followed suit, creating the poverty that we see today.

One of Chicago’s white mayors, Mayor Jane Byrne, actually moved into the Cabrini Green Housing Project for 3 weeks back in  1981; the media focused on Byrne–not the residents, causing outrage, and rightly so.  They felt offended that some white woman–particularly one that did not hire any Blacks on her mayoral staff; had the audacity to think she was going to come in and with the wave of her hand; she…and SHE ALONE would do what it took decades to create. Nothing happened.  It was and still is considered more of a media stunt than social change.

Now, I look at yet another attempt by some folks who seem to think that they have the power to change something that in all do respect; will take an act of God to change.

As a sidebar:  Rev. Al Sharpton really looks unhealthy.  The weight loss doesn’t improve his appearance; it makes one question his overall health.

The Civil Rights March Anniversary: My True Response!

Fifty years ago, when the Civil Rights movement took place, I wasn’t even a drop in the world.  Its impact would have gargantuan impact on the African American community.  There were Black, white, men, women, young and old that were in attendance and for those who participated; the legacy of that day probably impacted them in more ways that anyone born after 1963 could ever imagine.  A young Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech would literally become a vision and prophecy of the America to come.

Today, because of that movement, we have our nation’s first African American presidents, Black billionaires, corporate CEO’s, A Black Attorney General, and other African Americans ranking in various areas of Law Enforcement, mayors, entrepreneurs, et al.  We have been making a lot of strides.

However, with all of this success; today, it seems that we are losing ground at times.

During the eighties and nineties, there seemed to be a generation and cultural gap within our culture.  Many from the Civil Rights generation seemed to turn their backs on the hard issues that impacted African American during this time: Aids, crack, increase in OOW births, high Black male incarceration, and murder, etc.

There are still too many African American men incarcerated.  Too many young Black women having children without being married.  Too many African Americans unemployed; and the college divide between young Black men and young Black women; is not narrowing.  Young Black women are graduating with more college degrees than the men–some say this is contributing to far too many Black women being left single and alone because they can’t find a compatible mate.

Does marching help any longer?

I don’t think it does.

The Civil Rights movement literally was powerful because of its high Utopian ideals mixed with strategic politics that was well executed.

But the harshness of today’s realities provoke much thought about the effectiveness of such a movement to solve many of the problems that are present today, including poverty.

The Civil Rights Movement is most definitely a legacy in Black history and American history.  What it holds for our future…is another matter.