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Where is Our New Black Wall Street

By now most of the people have heard of Black Wall Street but those of you who have not.  Black Wall Street was the name of a small suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma named Greenwood. Greenwood existed in the early 1900’s it was community comprised of black people. The Town of Greenwood had 100s of businesses, including 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, two movie theaters, a hospital, a bank, post office, libraries, schools, law offices, private airplanes and a transportation system. During this time the dollar would circulate anywhere from 36 to 100 times before leaving the community. This was a prominent community until 1921, when white people and the city official bombed, burned the city down and murder most of the residents. I mention this because it has been almost 100 years since Black Wall Street, so where is the new Black Wall Street? Why hasn’t there been another Black Wall Street? Where there ever be another Black Wall Street?

With the state of the country today I believe another Black Wall Street is needed. The rash of the police killing of black men, women, and children. The mass incarceration, the miseducation and the resurgence of racism it is time we start really working on re-creating several Black Wall Street towns. There are several black leaders and educators who have been talking about this for years such as Dr. Claud Anderson. I think it is overdue that we rally behind them and make an effort to implement a plan to re-create the Black Wall Street model.

I know there will be a fraction of people who will seek to destroy these communities but we will be able to have our own police force. With our own police, the killings of black people by people who are sworn to protect the public would decrease. After solidifying the police force we can start to build a small army to protect us from outside interference.

Black people may be a small part of the population but our spending dollars have a huge impact on the country. Keeping our spending dollars within our communities will have a huge impact on the country, the company that we do business with outside of our communities will become dependent on our money and therefore they will play role in protecting us from outside forces.

As far as locations there are several Ghost Towns for sale, Ghost Towns are small towns that may have been abandoned and the state has put them up for sale. There are enough wealthy Black people to help fund this project and many of them will help because they will realize they are dependent on us for them to keep generating income.

We have almost everything we need to create the next Black Wall Street, we have the leadership, the finances, the manpower and the capability. The only thing missing is the mindset that we can achieve this goal. And maybe it is not having that mindset that led me to the question “Where is Our New Black Wall Street”?

 

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Has the Black Community contributed to racism? I ask this question because this question came up during a radio show I was watching the Zo What Morning Show. At first, I thought this was a strange concept but after really thinking about it and hearing some of the points that illustrate that Black community may be active participants.

Throughout America’s history, we have witnessed structural racism such as slavery, Jim Crow, and redlining just name a few. These were put in place by the government or by large institutions that have influence. These systems were put in place to subjugate the black community and keep us from evolving or surpassing our white counter parts, this ensures the other race would have an unfair advantage over black people. Throughout history, people fought and won to get rid of these laws and practices that hindered black people. These laws are now gone so why are black people still at a disadvantage? People will point to the miseducation, the influence of drugs in our communities, and the prison pipeline, but all of these things we as a community can control. We can decide to educate our children by creating our own school curriculum, we can force drugs out of our communities and police our citizens. White people cannot stop us from doing these things, so who is stopping us from elevating us and help to put an end to racism. The answer maybe we are in our own way.

Black people contribute to racism and help keep black people subjugated by thinking or acting as what the other races provide are better than what a black person provides. Antonio Moore of Tone Talks constantly talks about how the black dollar does not stay in the black community. The black dollars stays in the black community for six hours compared to the Asian community where the dollar stays in the Asian community for 28 days.  Is the reason the black dollar leaves the community so fast because black people think other race’s products are better. You always hear black business over charge, the service is not as good or the product is as not as good. Most of the times you will have to pay more at a black owned store because we do not have access to the products at a lower price. If we pay a little more this will give the owner more negotiating power to have his cost reduced because the supplier will see that the owner can purchase more product for resale. This will affect the quality of service and product.

Another area where I have personally experienced racism by one of my own is the work place. There are black people that will hold other black people back from advancing in the work place. These people believe that black people should not make more money or should not become managers, they believe they are the exception. I had a black manager who once she was being fired said she was told to get rid of all the black employees and she did so was is she being fired. I was not fired because I saw what was going on and never gave them a reason to fire me. I also watch a black manager promote people with less knowledge and a poor work ethic over black employees who deserved the promotion.

So after thinking about it, I realized racism is on auto-pilot, white people do not have to put laws in place there are black people who will practice racism on their behalf. This leads to my next question how do we get black people to stop discriminating against their own? And if cannot stop them what do we do with them?

Your Dollar My Dream

Your Dollar My Dream

There are some who believe the state of the black community is as far worst off as it has ever been. Our unemployment rate is higher than any other race, we are under educate, we dominate the prison population, and the police killings of unarmed black people seems to be a frequent occurrence.

Our scholars, community activist, social leaders, or spiritual leaders have many different schools of thought on how we as a people can overcome these problems. I believe there may not be a right way or a wrong way, I believe the best approach may be to utilize all option. One of the methods to transcend these predicaments that I find interesting is financial independence. There are some individuals, who are very intelligent, such as Dr. Claud Anderson, Dr. Boyce Watkins, and Antonio Moore who provide very interesting perspectives on how, we as a collective can gain financial independence from our oppressors.

After thinking about gaining financial independence I had a thought on how we can achieve this goal. I know that after hearing my thoughts, there will be several negative commentary but bear with me and remember it is my dream.

There are presently over 40 million black people in America, let’s just half that number of black people would invest a dollar a month into a fund for the enrichment of black people. There would be 20 million dollars each month in this fund, with this money we would be able to build our own schools, back our own candidates for local elections, create our businesses. We would be a nation inside of a nation. There are several abandon towns throughout the United States, we would be able to buy the towns, create our own police force, judicial system, and government. This would reduce the amount of brothers and sisters going to prison. People would be properly educated, there would be jobs and pride; this would reduce crime in our community. I know this is a herculean task but just imagine if we could accomplish this, we could have a committee of volunteers to oversee our interest, religion would not play apart in decision about the objects of the community. No matter what your financial situation is I believe everyone could spare a dollar a month, this small investment would have a huge return. I know there would be people trying hard to derail our effort and some will be our own people but it will be our job to shed ourselves of these individuals and stay focused on the goal. Outside money would be meaningless because all the needs of our people will be met by us. Remember as a people we excel in all situations, we are intelligent, athletic, gifted, and compassionate people. Our children would have goals that would be boundless.

I know this might never actually become reality, I know the government will probably try to stop us from achieving our goal, the racist will be up in arms, and some of our people will against it. But just imagine would it would be like if we made it happen. People have made other dreams come true.

All it takes is your dollar and my dream