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Originally posted by MBM:

I just don't see any "fixes" for our community that do not include doing things on a day-to-day basis that can improve our condition - even while planning and working toward other things. I don't believe in focusing exclusively on stretch objectives (e.g. an independent and sovereign black nation) without also doing things today to positively impact our lives. It's like forcing the gifted young athlete to also focus on his/her studies, despite the potential of professional sports. You may make it to the NBA, but if you don't - having an education provides a set of skills to enhance life. Getting more involved in our communities, voting, running for office, volunteering for campaigns, giving money to candidates, etc., etc. are all things that can empower us in our communities and positively impact our lives. Ignoring those things makes no sense to me, particularly absent a sound strategy to improve black America by other means.



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Originally posted by Nmaginate:

Exactly what do you mean "work the system" in the context of making RADICAL CHANGES (in the structure of American society) that Dr. King once spoke about?


I think we can change the system but only by utilizing a careful strategy that doesn't cause America to have to immediately confront itself. It's like the analogy of putting a frog in a pot of water. Throw him into boiling water and he immediately jumps out. Slowly heat the water and then all of a sudden he's cooked before he knows it.

White folks are so scared of blacks and black anger that I don't think a "confrontational" approach is the best strategy to create change. All of a sudden we start planning a revolution and I have no doubts that the Patriot Act gets supercharged and we'll think COINTELPRO was child's play. I have no doubt that a 60's revolutionary approach to black empowerment would very quickly engender a level of white fear that we'd see tanks and F-16's coming to get us Israeli style. < !--graemlin::brosmile:-->

I think we can create radical change that uplifts our community in meaningful ways, but IMO it will be by working their system, talking their language, and outplaying them at their game. You'll remember my political strategy designed to do just that is an example.



if this isnt Assimilation I dont know what Assimilation means
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