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Reply to "Black Unity: Moving Beyond The RHETORIC"

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Originally posted by Nmaginate:
First, you have to appreciate the probolems that the mass attendance of HBCU's has, the way you seem to suggest it. It's something that's not exactly feasible, financially or geographically, no matter how much I support the idea. So, what are the incentives to make this happen and to get more African-Americans to go to already struggling HBCU's?"
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I only used HBCU's as an example, however, being unified through self determination would make it feasable, the actual support by attending alone is what would fund an initial stage of expansion, and of course, I'm sure that all 39+million African American cannot or will not attend, the point would be that unified support is what would fuel and strenghten our HBCU's to greatness the same as it has any other great universities in America, or anywhere in the world, for that matter . . .
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"Me, I'm in favor of a permanent, "unified" Black Congress of sorts that purposely sets out to house the whole spectrum of Black ideas, philosophies and ideologies under one roof for the purpose of tackling those political, social and economic interests."
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This would be perfect and should be an initial approach, but in order to do this Black people will have to 'unify' to make this happen, have to make a conscious decision to come together in the first place and actually act in union to 'tackle' the problems that we have socially, economically and politically.
I would go as far as to say that this SHOULD be the first step towards the unification that is needed to make a difference in the problems that plague African America and the diaspora.
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"To be clear... YOU are the one calling for UNITY and lamenting the apparent Dis-Unity without respect to the reality of why HBCU's aren't the focus of UNITY. There are some practical issues involved. And in order to be responsible in YOUR call for UNITY those issues and how to get around them have to be considered. And I'm saying that even while I think it's an excellent idea. But you and I both know the numbers you envision (though not disclosed) aren't going to come JUST BECAUSE."
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Again, I only used the HBCU's as an example, but the inference set in the senario would fit nearly any example, or area of need or lack in African America, for example, in your ideal of a 'Black Congress of sorts' ---it does not exist because of the dis-unity among African America and will only come to be through the unification of African America.
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"There could or should be a "unified effort" to prevent and reintegrate ex-con's back into society in order for them to be productive members of society and, more importantly, the Black Community. This is crucial because the amount of brothers going to prison. But I'm not naive or ignorant (as in ignoring) [1] the actual services out there that indeed try to do this and [2] the overall lack of [surplus] resources available for this venture, human and financial.

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I couldn't agree more, but then that brings us back to that 'unity' thing, wherein the whole of African America (preferable under the umbrella of your African American Congress of sorts) has to come together (unity) to vote, build political bases, raise the funds that it would take to challange the present laws, discriminate sentencing laws, abuses of power, wrongful convictions, unconstitutional charges and prosecutions, and racist practices that cause this to come about in the first place, (unity) come together in plan to police, control, and protect our own communities to assure true justice in arrests and incarcerations in the first place, for example.
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