- Oct 13, 2006
- Media Designer
Most Black Men I know want to work. Most of them will work hard for what is promised them. If certain jobs require certain skills they will learn those skills. If certain jobs require certain levels of education they will seek that out also. They will assign themselves to do pretty much whatever it is society requires them to do in order to gain the employment and basis for their survival.
But many of us fall into a different category. We will do the impossible and the dangerous to ensure that we never ever fall below the poverty line. And sometimes it's those acts that lands us in prison or even worse.
Black America as a collective of people are so diverse that if we had to nominate a "Queen Mother" to represent us we wouldn't know where to start.
But be certain there is a name that comes to mind.
If Black America had Oprah's money would we be concerned about Black Liberation? Well, technically we have much more than that- what we don't have is the organizing power to arrest our nearly $900 billion dollar annual salary away from Non-Blacks.
But there is a grim connection between poverty and liberation nonetheless. Is our desire to be liberated as simple as freedom from poverty?
Has there ever been a poor people that have been liberated?
Let's ask ourselves a very honest question. "If I had all the money I need would I be concerned with Black Liberation?"
When we speak about "Reparations for Slavery" while the movement is valid we must remind ourselves from whom this payout is being sort. The US Government. Right. The very same Government we pay our money to in the first place. Huge metropolis cities like New York City sneeze $300-$400 million dollars per day just from tourism. In which city does the largest body of Blacks live? NY. In which city does the largest number of Black live in poverty? NY. What is one of the richest cities in America? NY. So now let's ask this one. Which city could just as easily afford to pay out Reparations to well over 3 million Blacks living in NY based on it's earnings? Naturally again- NYC.
NYC is one of America's batteries. Some might say it is "the" battery. And on average the category of Black Men that try the impossible and the dangerous to survive live there. This is by design. Because the wealthy and upperclass thrive at the very outskirts of NY's Ghettos, suggesting the same here as it does for New Orleans' lower 9th Ward- that the rich have constructed it that way.
Some of our Black minds will tell us how poverty is by design, they will tell us about White Supremacy, they teach us about it's effects- Black Men killing Black Men, unwed Mothers, babies having babies- and what they have to say will be so filled with compassion- that once again we surrender to a suffering without a solution. They can point out the problems without implementing any successful plan, because guess what- they are just as broke as you are- even more so.
We should wonder what would come out of their mouths if monies were in their pockets. How concerned would they be? As concerned if you didn't purchase their book, dvd or fund their movement with a monthly check?
Think about the day you got that bonus, or that lottery payout, or when you cashed out a 401K, a bond, a CD, or sold that House for a huge profit. What was Black Liberation to you then? Were you concerned at all about what was happening on CNN? Or were you more concerned about repairing at least some of the damages this life has punished you with so far?
Some of the poorest countries in the world have some of the richest "individuals" and that is by design. If we are seriously looking for Liberation it will not be through poverty unless we can covert poverty into a means of creating organized wealth.
The truth perhaps is that poverty begins in your mind first. How many homeless native Africans have you seen laying down on the streets of America? Are we unable to see the problem of poverty and liberation lies within ourselves? It is we that have accepted the architecture for our suffering? So many thinkers have already pointed out that these things are by design based on systems that are constructed for us to fail, yet we continue to feed these systems instead of calling on the Gods of Chaos to bring them down?
How else do you plan to reverse the system if not through destruction?
By nature we are all rich, but we are confined to poverty. Therefore by nature we are all liberated but we are confined to slavery. It is only fair that we realize the truth about our poverty and slavery?