Now that the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is over, it should continue to be part of our daily lives to make sure it’s not over. The true significance of the March on Washington, was a passionate plea for equality, with strong emphasis on jobs and fair wages, and extending the American Dream to all. Even though the march was a good showing of people coming together, only if we can infuse the power that was generated there into concrete attainable goals will it really achieve equality, jobs and fair wages. Now we must march towards educating ourselves from the cradle to the grave on how to build businesses and institutions that will create jobs for us. We need to learn from the first march, that know one is going to give us a job. We have to create our own jobs. Not government, nor anyone else is going to provide the jobs we need to be self sufficient as a people. The best thing government can do for us is to ensure that we have schools and other educational institutions that educate us on how to write business plans, obtain funding and the know how to run our own businesses and institutions. One of the primary reasons our children are failing in school is because there is no end game for them, where they see that their education is going to lead to a business or job that will provide them with the income necessary to survive and thrive in America. http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/are-black-children-failing-school?vm=r. Once we rebuild a strong business district in our communities that we control, then we can provide our own jobs, that will enable us to support strong families, that produce well educated children who can continue to build on the foundation that we provide for them. The power that was generated in the March on Washington must not be wasted on begging people to treat us equally, or to give us jobs. We must now use that power to rise up a and build strong communities throughout America and then the world. When we become self sufficient, we’ll no longer have to march for a job or equality, because we’ll have the power to provide those things for ourselves. Every family, church, school should from this day on be focused on utilizing the power of the March of Washington to repair what we have lost since our arrival in America. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood,_Tulsa,_Oklahoma#.22The_Black_Wall_Street.22. It is evident, that we must repair ourselves, because with the rise of the confederacy in America since the election of President Obama, we can’t expect anyone else to do it for us. March on to freedom my people, march on!
Hotep to my Brother’s and Sister’s. I hope and pray that all is well with you and your families. I had a good weekend taking my daughter to an Historically Black College University school in South Carolina. We got her situated in her apartment, met her boss (the women’s head basketball coach), who quickly took us on a tour of the Claflin University campus. It was beautiful, small, peaceful and filled with young freshmen who looked fired up and full of hope.
While in the small town of Orangeburg, SC, (with an estimated population of 13,964 people), I noticed that Black folks dominated everything there. The stores were filled with us. Even the clerks at the stores were just about all Black. We walked into a Chinese restaurant and the clerks were Black. We started to walk back out cause, come on now, Black folks cooking Chinese food! Give me a break! Turned out that this was a Chinese restaurant that had enough sense to hire some young Sister’s to front the place in an all Black environment, while they still did the cooking. This was the scene everywhere we went.It was encouraging to see young Black folks employed so that they could begin building a foundation from which they could pay for their schooling, maybe start their own business, raise a family and build a strong community.
Turns out that this little small town has a rich history of the struggle for our liberation. In the 1960s, Orangeburg was a major center of Civil Rights Movement activities involving students from both Claflin College and South Carolina State College and residents of Orangeburg’s Black community. When whites used economic retaliation local Blacks seeking school integration in 1956 after the US Supreme Court ruling declaring segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional, students came to their support with hunger strikes, boycotts, and mass marches. In 1960, over 400 students were arrested on sit-ins and integration marches organized by CORE. In August 1963, the Orangeburg Freedom Movement (OFM), chaired by Dr. Harlowe Caldwell of the NAACP, submitted 10 pro-integration demands to the Orangeburg Mayor and City Council. After negotiations failed, mass demonstrations similar to those in the Birmingham campaign resulted in more than 1,300 arrests. On February 8, 1968, after days of protests against a segregated bowling alley, violence broke out near the bowling alley as police attacked Black students from South Carolina State. Police opened fired on a crowd of students, killing Samuel Hammond, Henry Smith, and Delano Middleton, and wounding 27 others in what became known as the “Orangeburg Massacre“.
With this intense history of struggle, It dawned on me that the next area or place in this nation where we as a people can build a strong power base, where we control our own economy, politics and institutions, will be in the South. There, we already dominate the population, but don’t have the mindset to put that power into action. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we should give up on cities in the north. But looks like we’re loosing a lot of the gains we made politically there, because we weren’t able to rebuild Black Wall Street due to, in part, Institutional Racism. Where there was no investment in cities like Detroit and because of self hatred. Where we have been unable to come together and put together our own institutions because we were so busy arguing with each other, that we allowed Suburbanites to put together a coup to take over many cities where we are the majority.
In the south, where we have land, labor and Universities to produce our next generation of leaders and worker’s, this would be an excellent place to launch our own line of grocery and department stores, to feed and cloth ourselves. Create an educational system that not only teaches us about our history from the ancient African Civilizations in Egypt and all over the continent, but also teaches us how to be self sufficient as a people. In the South, we have the environment and the people to put together a system of self reliance that we can import to our people all over the country and the world.
During this weeks 50th anniversary march on Washington, it would be nice if such an empowering component could come out of it. Where, instead of asking for jobs and justice. We create our own jobs that give us the economy we need to support our politics that will in turn lead to us providing our own justice because we’ll have the power to keep people from committing injustices against us.
The South will rise again for us. Because if we keep our eyes on the prize and continue the struggle, we shall overcome and as a people get to the promised land!
I was listening to talk show host Mike Malloy last night on the radio and he was telling a story about a trip he and his family took into the forrest area of Northern Georgia, close to the Tennessee boarder. He talked about how the people there seem to be
uneducated, poor and a lot of them hooked on methamphetamine. He said he stopped at a gas station to get some gum and a woman came in who he thought was about thirty years old. She had no teeth, her hair was scraggly. She was twitching and scratching and looked like she was anorexic.
His point was that in America, we have a huge methamphetamine problem in a lot of these rural areas in the midwest and south, yet you don’t hear a lot about it in the co-opted media. In fact, it turns out that cities are safer than rural areas to live (http://science.time.com/2013/07/23/in-town-versus-country-it-turns-out-that-cities-are-the-safest-places-to-live/). But you would never know that from listening to corporate owned and co-opted media outlets.
Most of these folks live in red states that are anti government, anti Obama and anti Black, Hispanic, gay, lesbian or what have you that’s different from them. They tend to vote Republiclan and against their own interest.
Here in Indiana, you hear stories of people robbing drug stores for ingredients to make meth. People have meth labs not only in their homes but in their cars and seemingly anywhere they can hook it up. These people are hidden by the media, you don’t see them on the TV like you see us every night, depicting them as criminals on every corner, waiting to rob or assault you in some kind of a way.
Yet their there, all over the place. But because their part of the “group”, their somewhat shielded from public view so we don’t see them as the threat to society that they are. You won’t hear Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly or any of the right wing talk show host depict them as thugs, welfare cheats, with broken families in the way they depict us.
This is sadly a portion of the 99% who have been convinced by the 1% that Black folks, the government, immigrants, gays, lesbians and unions are their problem.
They don’t seem to realize that their in the same boat as the rest of us 99%’s, because people like the Koch Brother’s and big business has done a fabulous job of dividing them from the rest of us. Convincing them that because their white, that their part of the 1% team and they should protect their interest over their own.
This is not to come down on people, but rather to point out that the efforts of the 1% has divided people based on race, class or whatever, and conditioned the 99% to focus not on the power elite, but rather, we have been trained to turn on one another. It would be nice if the white middle and lower class who have bought into the 1% definition of who their enemy is would one day wake up and smell the coffee as to who their real enemy is, but because of their centuries old investment in White Supremacy, that’s going to be harder for them to kick that habit, than the habit they have being hooked on meth.
So our mission to put the 1% in check and the 99% in our proper place where we can make a decent living, with good wages and humane working conditions continues. We must not let the 1% define us as freeloaders and criminals who depend on the government for our survival. It’s up to us, as a people and as members of the working class to let people know who we are, that it’s okay to depend on a government that we support with our taxes, that gives us resources like good schools, roads, healthcare, social security and a progressive agenda that will lead to a world where our children can live in dignity and be the leaders in world and not the oppressed.
Rev. Jesse Jackson made a point that the same schools in our communities that are underfunded and being attacked by privatization with Charter Schools, aren’t producing world class students but their producing world class athletes. Because attention, love from coach’s, discipline, dedication and a commitment from the student are producing those world class athletes. The same process must be applied to all of our children in all facets of life so that we can produce the Doctors, Lawyers, Skilled Trades, Accountants, Teachers, Nurses, Business people and all other professions and services that we need to build a strong community. If we don’t connect education with a business or institution that our children can see themselves running one day, then our children will continue to be mis-educated and funneled into the prison system, which is nothing more than the concentration camps we talked about in the 60’s & 70’s.