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I have a question?

Why are such ideas so foreign, marginalized or considered (I guess) as so extreme or apparently unthinkable?

And I'm not just talking about a Black Nation per se. Just the whole idea of sovereignty on whatever level - limited, complete or otherwise.

Why isn't that idea tied to our conception of what Reparations, "Civil" Rights, etc. are?
Just the whole idea of sovereignty on whatever level - limited, complete or otherwise.

Why isn't that idea tied to our conception of what Reparations, "Civil" Rights, etc. are?---Nmaginate

I hesitate to be so sweeping as to say we have been programmed that way. But...

If not programmed, certainly we have been conditioned to be intimidated to think such thoughts.

Sovereignty, at any level, is an enormous statement of self. African American-Americans are condition against taking overt acts of self-interest.

That first step which I so strongly advocate, will be slow to be taken by any American of unknown African ancestry. The slowness is the result of not simply the result of apprehension, or fear. Most of us honestly do not think we are entitled to such personal declaration of freedom.

We have been without for so long, we don't know how to take it for ourselves, or teach our children they have the right to it.

We therefore teach our children that to be American is enough. It is seen as a benign concept.

But passing on that thinking does absolutly nothing to elevate our children. And...in fact, reinforces the embedding of regressive thinking.

Even self-demeaning.

Why?

Because everyone other citizen of the United States not only has, but expresses their identity in combination with their citizenship.

Not only don't we do it. That would be an expression of choice.

We can't. That is also an expression of choice.

We could if we simply decided we wanted to.

When our communities flourished was when we were forced to turn to each other. Turning to each other voluntarily is an act of self-affirmation.

Most of the things we moan about on this board are things that grow out of the fertile soil of self-determination. That self-determination must be achieved as a group.

Groups are made up of individuals.

Sovereignty must first be a declaration of self-determination.

Hello Kwanzaa.


PEACE

Jim Chester

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