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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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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