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Reply to "Black Unity: Moving Beyond The RHETORIC"

Originally posted by Nmaginate:
Then there's the agendas mentioned earlier. The three most prominent agendas that work against black unity [are]:
    [1] profiteering (pursuit of fortune), [2] notoriety (desire to be famous), and
    [3]self-hatred (anti-black, intra-racial sentiments).
    {{{AKA The CON-Feed Trifecta! Wink }}}
  • Those who put money before unity (whether its at the street level [gangs/drugs] or so-called businessmen "getting theirs") will not put their economic interest at risk for collective interest and thus, will limit their involvement to tokenism.

  • Those who want to be famous will do anything (and say anything) to be famous, thus neutralizing themselves in the unity movement. You can't say you're for black unity or black dignity while degrading the race in music and film, or saying what the white man can't say (the rise of the black conservative) to undermine black equality.

  • Then there are those who, no matter what you do, will not trust Blacks enough to pursue an interest agenda. You have rich Blacks distrust of poor Blacks (and vice versa), educated Blacks that devalue uneducated Blacks (and vice versa), nationalist Blacks distrusting integrationist Blacks (an argument that goes back 100 years to the DuBois-Washington conflict), then throw in religion, politics, lifestyles, and you have what we have in the black community today, a total, directionless, mess.

  • NOW THIS IS KEY RIGHT HERE. I'm glad that you posted this, Nmag. Wink

    Now these are things which harm Black Unity in America more than anything else (I would also add those who view quick monetary gain through illegal activity as "acceptable" to the dis-unity list).

    For Black Unity to be achieved, we also need more communal ethic with Black Businesses. Many Black Businesses operate just like White Businesses and just do business with whoever the highest bidder is (so in the end, it doesn't help out the Community). We need for Black business to seek to do business within the Community, and we need more economic involvement within the Community.

    We need Black Businesses that award scholarship money to inner-city schools, businesses that feed the hungry and pay for homeless shelters and provide jobs in such places. We need for them to be involved in charity work and be involved in international work in Africa.

    I also think that our businesses should operate with more economic democracy. Less managerial tyranny and more worker ownership/involvement. Our businesses should treat workers like what they really are: assets and constituents of the company, not "wage slaves" and just "hired help".