Black People : What is Unity?

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  1. river

    river Watch Her Flow MEMBER

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    Hey Fambly,

    Well,'m glad to be back. How's everybody?

    I ask the question: what is unity? We hear a lot about it but do we know what it means? I do not offer a definitive answer here but a perspective on the question that may lead us to the answer as we contemplate what we are looking for.

    Take a room with 100 White people in it. The republicans will hate the democrats. the English will hate the Irish. The Protestants will hate the Catholics. The brunettes will hate the blondes. the Anglos will hate the Saxons. But let one Black person come into that room or even look in the window—no, just hang a picture of a Black man on the wall and all any of them will know is that they're White.

    Now take a room with 100 Black people in it. They will be Brother this and Sister that, slapping high five and digging each other like they're all the most beautiful and the most united folks in the world. But let one White person come into that room and all the Black folks will act like they don't know each other.

    What is unity? What is its purpose? In what circumstances is it most important for people to be united? Who do we unite with?
     
  2. Shikamaru

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    Unity is being able to compromise to work together despite differences in ideology or opinion.
     
  3. abstract219

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    Welcome back, River.

    In my opinion, there may be consensus based on issues and solutions, but total unity seems almost impossible. The African Diaspora is just that large.
     
  4. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,

    ........Hmmm, this sounds a lot like what we do in GroupThink with the cornerstone of reaching consensus based resolutions.

    Peace In,
     
  5. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,

    .....Point!...There's always optimism rearing its ugly head attempting to fight off what seems almost impossible. At the end of the day, month or year...we must continue to strive for the achievement of Black Unity, which starts at home (where ever it is, even here @Destee.com) and grows, in my opinion and view.

    Peace In,
     
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    Unity at this late date in Black history, is like the neglcted child or elder,
    who cries out in anguish, facing all thehell te national Black community will bear in a few years,

    like the old Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes song
    "If you don't know me by now, you will never ever know me???"
     
  7. abstract219

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    I agree to a extent, Bro. Clyde. It goes without saying we must remain optimistic. However, I did say "almost impossible" because of the ethnic differences between us. Right here in America, there are black Cubans who dont have our concerns for reparations/redress in any form. There are Jamaicans, Somalians, black Brazillans, Ghanaians, black and brown Asians that dont link with our concerns, nor share our history in this country. In most cases it is class, colorism and religious differences that keep us apart. You can witness that on the streets, here and other discussion sites. Some are just not going to sit at the table and alter their viewpoints, based on what Abstract or anyone else says is the most appropriate solution.

    Yes we must strive. But we also have to be realistic. We are not a monolithic race. It seems to me that we have no clear definition or parameters on what is "black" and what isnt. Would that definition include, within the unity...melaninated people around the world?

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  8. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,

    .......Well, I see points of agreement between us, a good thing. Likewise, our diversity goes without saying and our unity is connected by identifying points of common interests. The least and most obvious shared interest would be the affects of Racism White Supremacy and the extrication thereof; collectively making us comrades in arms.

    Peace In,
     
  9. abstract219

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    Great point. I see the thread of white supremacy affecting us all.....everywhere.
     
  10. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,

    .......:toast: Amen, Ase, Hotep!

    Peace In,
     
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