The Good News Addresses the Issue
New Revised Standard Version.
Richard, Pablo. Reading the Apocalypse: Resistance, Hope, and Liberation in Central America in David Rhoads. From Every People and Nation. Kindle Edition, 2010.
|"The 4th of July is also not Independence Day for people of color. It wasn't until the 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870 that all men had the right to vote regardless of race -- on paper, that is, not in practice. People of color were systematically, and all too successfully, disenfranchised for another century. July 4th of 1776 was certainly not a day of Independence or reverence for Native Americans. It wasn't until 1924 that Native Americans could unilaterally become citizens of the United States and have the voting rights to go with it." -Carina Kolodny|
Why Blacks don't support Black Businesses?
According to late psychologist Dr. Amos Wilson "Identity is essential to economics..." In other words, if one does not identity with one's culture its easy to spend your money with others. African American businesses often fail because we no longer identify with being Black holistically. We've been Americanized in a way that has taken us from the idea of collective work & responsibility (Ujima) and cooperative economics (Ujamaa) as a people. You darn for sure won't see the Chinese spending a ton of money outside of their community.
Dr. Umar Johnson says "teaching your child that they have a shared identity with their enemy is one of the worst things you can do." Essentially, what Johnson is saying is, by assimilating ourselves into a system that constantly and consistently attacks Black culture, we are serving a death sentence. Question is like Joe Madison - "The Black Eagle" often asks "What are you (we) gonna do about it?" And, the reality is, we can do something about it, if we so choose, in spite of the obstacles.
|African American Men wearing "Gay is the new Black" T-Shirt|
|Former Pro Football Player Michael Sam|