Maroon societies and resistance. In light that we (here) have a lot in common, I do think it odd that our communities are not stronger then they are currently. Considering that we have had one oppressive enemy and that it’s more then clear what their agenda is. It’s puzzling to not see us more united. History has showed that we have united and even prospered under very adverse conditions. When there was very little in common with us except our condition and color of our skin. This is not a blame tread. What I am interested in talking about is, if we would like to create farming communities out side of the cities? “Maroon communities were small, secret encampments formed by runaway slaves, typically in isolated and defensible sections of wilderness. The phenomenon began as runaway slaves, unable to escape to safe havens in sympathetic colonies, opted instead to band together for survival near the sites of their former enslavement. In the first survey of documentary records of marronage in the colonies and including antebellum South Carolina. South Carolina's maroon communities were typically formed in dense swamps where self-contained communities could remain hidden beyond the commercial interests of white society, game could be hunted, lands could be adapted for farming, and plantations could be reached if needed for raiding and trading. Marronage was a persistent problem for planter society in that its success left fully formed runaway-slave camps within striking distance of white communities and interactions between these two worlds were often violent. In addition maroons often maintained ties to enslaved African Americans on their former plantations, creating a web of community that operated outside of white control. surveys of eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century historical sources gathered from newspaper reports, court proceedings, government and military records, correspondence, and reward advertisements to illustrate the efforts of white South Carolinians to locate maroon communities, defend against raiding parties, and kill or capture runaways living in these societies. documents chronologically, dealing first with the origins of marronage, then with two surges in maroon activity just before and just after the American Revolution. After a lull in marronage at the start of the nineteenth century, a final swell occurred during the 1820s”. There have been many maroon societies through out the Americas and the Caribbean. I figure that with our current resources we could make communities in areas that have been losing farms for a while now. Granted this would take a consorted effort, but the possibilities are truly great. If I remember correctly there was a group of Rashneeshs who over took a small town and county in Washington and started controlling every aspect of government as well as commerce in the area. If represented right it could be underwritten by wealthy African-Americans, giving them the chance to put money where their mouth is. I think this would be a great opportunity for many to invest into the type of black community many of us would dream of being part of. At lease I feel this way. And I can’t stand to live in a large city any more! So what do you think? Am I too crazy? AXE!