Black People : AMERICAN BEACH:HISTORICAL BLACK RESORT LOCATION...

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  1. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    American Beach was born in a time when black life was dominated by the strictures of Jim Crow. Shut out from the white economy, African-Americans created their own, and in Philadelphia and Atlanta and Los Angeles and most other major American cities, they lived and shopped in a separate universe parallel to the white one nearby. Jacksonville had its own thriving black stores and restaurants, factories, newspapers, banks, insurance companies and hospitals and, as a direct consequence, its own black professional establishment. If that establishment was wealthy and educated, it was also invisible to most whites, who tended to think of black people as entertainers, criminals or "the help." The black middle class even vacationed out of white sight, in resorts like Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard and Val Verde outside Los Angeles. And American Beach.

    Most of those places have languished—after the demise of segregation, they weren’t needed the way they once had been, and the businesses that created and fostered them closed as well. The Afro-American Life Insurance Company shut its doors in 1991, and what’s left of American Beach, with fewer than 25 year-round families, doesn’t even make an appearance on many Florida maps. Most of its homes are aging and modest; a few of the grandest have been torn down. And its businesses—the nightclubs, hotels and restaurants that used to throb with activity all summer night—are boarded up.

    There are many who think American Beach will not be around much longer, considering the pressure from rich developers. Eight years ago, a large section of property that had once belonged to the Beach, including a giant sand dune that dominates the town, was sold to Amelia Island Plantation, one of the multimillion-dollar golf and vacation resorts that are American Beach’s neighbors. MaVynee vehemently opposed the sale—we are talking, after all, about the same dune over which she envisions flapping her butterfly wings. She calls it NaNa and grieved its loss as though the dune were a member of her family. The resort preserved it and built a golf course on much of the land behind it

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    I stay about 30 minutes away from American Beach. The sons and daughters of the elderly are the reason why the beach was lost. The young people moved away and never returned. I really think that if the youngsters would have come back and created a city council and etc. American Beach would still stand, but unfortuantely that is not going to happen no time soon.
     
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    Oba Iparankanru Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Pathetic how negroes fold once they gain white approval
     
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    Hindsight being 20/20 the African American community lost just as much (if not more), as they gained from de-segregation!
     
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    Oba Iparankanru Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I remeber a person arguing that programs like Cointelpro was a great thing for blacks, because it got them hired into the fbi and Cia for the first time.
     
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    You must be kidding me!
     
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    Keita Kenyatta going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Now you know that was a joke, right Pan? The sad part or irony to it is that it has a ring of truth to it. Were our people not hired as stoolies, snitches, paid informants. Didn't they help our people set up churches and barber shops and candy stores for just that purpose? I mean, it is rather ironic, sad and with a subtle truth to it.
     
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    Oba Iparankanru Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    No sadly this man was dead serious and it is the truth, because it was the only way for blacks to get into those agencies. it's not good that they were in it or spying though. But I find it no coincidence that mlk was giving a speech to negroes at a church in memphis (i.e. the i have been to the mountaintop) promoting black nationalism and economic independence and then winds up with his brains on the floor, I believe that was the work of the black operatives. Especially since they only mention integration as mlk's agenda to warp what those movements were really about
     
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    I know you're right brother Keita!
     
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    From 1955 to 1966 MLK preached integration and walked around intact...when his agenda switched to black nationalism, economic independence, questioning vietnam, and the US government....he was dead roughly within a year's time! Can you imagine the impact MLK could have had as a black nationalist? A government protestor? No surprise he didn't live too long after he switched focus!
     
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