Black Women : My Beautiful Black Sister Warriors

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  1. PurpleMoons

    PurpleMoons Administrator STAFF

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    I have a question for ya!

    If you were singled out to restore the foundation of the Black people, What course of action would you take? How would you get the peoples attention and what would you say to convince them that your way is necessary?

    I know that my Sisters are very wise and we be having some tactics to smooth out ruff situations. I am curious to know how deep my Sisters can get when it comes to rectifying a nation thats struggling to empower it's exsistance.

    So come on Sisters! How would you restore the bridge to dignity and empowerment?
     
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    Wow Sister Purple, you have asked a very deep and complex question. In order to rebuild anything, you first have to look at the structural foundation to make sure that it is sound and stable. I would probably start on a crusade to find others whose views were similar to mine and make sure that we are in agreement more than disagreement. It would be our goal to develop a plan and put the plan to work for all of our benefit. It wouldn't be necessary that we do everything the same, but we should have the same goal--rebuilding a healthy and stable community. As crusaders, we would take responsibility to each spread the word around the world, share our knowledge and foremost, live by good example. It would probably be important to establish clear daily rituals for each of us to perform--as individuals, families and communities-- to keep us focused on the positive aspects within us and our community and feeling encouraged to continue striving to be the best that we want to be.

    These are just a few of my initial thoughts.

    Queenie :spinstar:
     
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    Ahhhh! My Wise Sister Queenie!

    I knew you would enlighten me with a thought provoking stratergy! You just laid the cosmogony for a course of action in a single paragragh! Tell me my Sisters aint baddddd! :coffee:

    Now come on ladies, lets keep this going! I be seeing yall! As soon as somebody say something off the wall, yall be comming out of the computer chip to set it straight! :teach:

    Using Sisters Queen outlay or one of your own, How would you handle this mission?
     
  4. islander

    islander Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I agree with NNQueen as far as restructuring the foundation of the nation. I can honestly say that my primary focus would be to enlighten black people about the perils of tearing each other down. Black men/women consistently tear each other down on the regular and it makes it harder for us to struggle as a whole when we're at war within ourselves. I also would try to educate black people on the importance of starting our own businesses. I'm sick and tired of visiting black neighborhoods all over the US and seeing the same format:

    Liquor stores
    Chinese restaurants
    Pawn shops
    Convenience stores owned by foreigners

    Why can't the black neighborhoods be filled with black-owned banks, restaurants, insurance companies, law firms, doctor's offices, etc.? It's depressing when some of our brothers and sisters do step out on their own and aren't supported by their own people OR they make their products or resources so financially inaccessible to blacks that they focus less on building up the community and more on deepening their own pockets. There is so much I want to say because I have such an opinion on this matter, but I'll try limiting my response in order for others to share their ideas. I like this post, I can't wait to read more. Thanks for bringing it up Purplemoons!!
     
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    Thank you Sister Islander!

    That was very encouraging and delightfully wise! Those are some issues I would love to see overturned as well! We certainly need a change with more of our beautiful faces leading a chain of successful businesses and our people supporting them worldwide.

    Family, now pay attention! we may find the solutions that we never considered or reconstructed properly!!

    keep on bringing it my warrior Sisters!

    I Love Yall!!!!! :thanks:
     
  6. IntuitioninMD

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    Checking the Foundation

    I agree with you all. I know that Queenie mentioned the structure and along with that we will need to check the foundation.

    When there is a strong foundation - even when the building comes down - you do not have to completely start all over. You know.. just think about the foundation. Most people and armies do not try to attack the foundation. Usually - the foundation is not easy to get to and it is very solid if built correctly.

    Now... for the liquor stores... and all of those things.. Island mentioned... ---whew... I feel the same way. We need to own our stores in our communities and make sure the large corporations in our communities support us.

    If we cannot immediately get rid of the things that Island mentioned... -- we do need to at least own them.

    I REALLY ENJOY THESE DISCUSSIONS... BECAUSE WE CAN CONSOLIDATE OUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS. :welldone:
     
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    and BEAUTY SUPPLY SHOPS. :)
     
  8. CarrieMonet

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    Very good start Islander.
    May I add to the list:
    Nail Shops
    Black Beauty Supply chains that are run and owned by Asians
    Tire & Rim Shops
    Get rid of Pay Day Loan places
    Casinos - which drive people to pawn shops and pay day loan places

    It would be nice instead to see things in the community that give growth to the youngsters on every corner. Here in Seattle there are a few really good community based groups for young black children and teens, but there are not enough adults involved directly or indirectly. (meaning either volunteering or just sending their kids there)

    I'd like to see more...
    Mentorship programs like the Boys to Men group, The Young Sista Girl group my daughter attends, More black books stores, maybe a restaurant that is run by black children learning how to cook, serve and run a business (my father used to teach something like that when I was young... :idea: ), classes that teach young adults and low income people how to manage money, start 403B saving plans, and control their credit spending. Increased memberships in the Black Dollar Days (which is a group of black people who support black businesses by visiting them often, helps with advertising, and getting the word out about supporting black business).


     
  9. islander

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    Those are definitely some more options to consider. We have a whole generation of young people coming up with the wrong information or no info at all. I volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in my area and I mentor an 8-year old. When I first met her she could hardly read well on her own but knew the lyrics to every rap and R & B song on the radio. Rather than just taking her bowling or skating, I began taking her to art shows, museums, and bookstores. Whenever we're in the car, we're listening to jazz or old school music. I refuse to play any rap or R & B with the wrong message while she's with me. I made a deal with her that every time we go out, I'd buy her a new book. I'm not bringing her up to show that I'm "doing the right thing", whatever that may be, but to call attention to the young generation who can barely read or write but know how to spell "Escalade" and "Hummer" correctly. More black parents either need to be in PTA meetings and doing homework with their children or looking into starting their own schools. Public schools have a tendency of limiting children to what the government believes they should know at a certain age and grade level. You can teach a 5-year old quantum physics and trigonometry if you presented it to them in a manner where they could understand it.
     
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