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Reply to "Civil Rights or The Holocaust:"

Nmaginate let me answer your questions:

What would you say in our purpose?

Our purpose should be is to uplift the African diaspora spiritually, economically, and culturally. And to be recognized as humans along with the rest of the world population.

What short-term goals would help us reach that ultimate purpose or long term goal?

That question has a lot of answers as you well know Nmaginate. But from my perspective as a mother our short term goals should be mobilizing and taking over the communities that we currently live in. As parents we should be taking over the schools by getting on the school boards and joining the PTA. Manipulating the new voucher system to benefit us, by staying in our community instead of giving that tax money to white folks outside of our community. Magic Johnson's building businesses in LA helped stimulate the economy by bringing in businesses and hiring people from within that community. That's what we should do.
Our long term goals I think were best laid out by Marcus Garvey. But to add a few new problems in the mix

1. Get the IMF paid up and non-African owned businesses and entities OUT of Africa. Encourage freer trade between African states without going through former colonial nations. I think that this would open up the eyes of Africans that they don't need too much from the former colonial powers.

2. Continue to educate and train our young people to take positions of leadership in society and government throughout the diaspora.

3. Get HIV/AIDS under control so that we can stop the senseless deaths of our elders and continue passing down African traditions, culture to our children. Actually this is something that can be done now since the Brazilians have developed copycat HIV treatment drugs and offered to build factories to produce them in Africa. That is one of the reasons Bush was so fast to sign that 15 bn dollar AIDS assistance package, in my opinion.

Again this is a very detailed topic and I can only offer my personal opinion on this. But my signature file generally sums up my feelings on this.

Love, Peace, and Soul,
Yssys

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
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