I am going to start off by saying that I believe in us and you need to do the same. The majority of modern colored people continuously blame the ideology of white supremacy for the lack of progress and success within the community. While it is true that white supremacy does present a challenge, it should not be so effective at keeping us oppressed and marginalized to the point where we do not recognize our true power as people. In retrospect, the biggest challenge that we as a community face is not white supremacy but rather the failure to understand how important it is for us as people to work together. I am going to borrow a slogan from my homeland Haiti which states “l’union fait la force or union make the power/strength.” This motto speaks to the core of what it takes to succeed as a group of people with common goals. Unless the goal is to remain oppressed and marginalized then we need to wake up and make some adjustments to the way in which we think and operate within the society. We will not defy and break the obstacles unless we take the time to internalize and truly understand the philosophy of unity and decide to collectively put it into practice.
This idea of unity should not be a foreign concept to us because history have shown us time and time again where we were successful doing precisely that. For example, regardless of how the media portray the inhabitants of Egypt during ancient civilization; thanks to technology, we gained the knowledge that these people of great accolades (Kings, Queens, Pharaohs and the likes) were people of color and they were able to build and maintain a great society where our people prospered. For a more current example, the Black Wall Street or Little Africa as it was also known during the early 1900s where black people were able to create a strong and successful infrastructure. Back then, “the dollar circulated 36 to 100 times and sometimes it takes a year for currency to leave the community” (http://sfbayview.com/2011/02/what-happened-to-black-wall-street-on-june-1-1921/). The infrastructure was so strong that it threatened the so call white supremacist system to the point where they had to bomb the community. They bombed the community out of fear that this system that was created by people of color would derail and abolish their plans of being supreme. While this was an unfortunate event, it clearly illustrates black resilience and the power of unity. Contrary to back in the early 1900s, today the dollar does not even circulate 1 time and it takes less than one (1) day to leave the community. This is a clear testament that people of color do not support each other and we are not united in terms of building an infrastructure to support the livelihood of the future generation. Black people is said to have $1.1 trillion in buying power; can you imagine what that would translate to if we would circulate that money within our community the way it was circulated in Little Africa? To answer the question, it would translate to POWER. That’s the power that is needed to beat the odds and situate our community in a position of relevance. In order to get that type of power, we must first understand the concept of unity and have a strategic plan in place to unify and not allow them to fruitfully divide us as they have been.
The one thing that we have failed victim to and has plagued our community for so many years is our inability to recognize the plan of division. By that I mean, it is quite apparent that we would become a powerhouse where anything is possible if people of color would unit and start to support and uplift each other instead of working against each other. On the other hand, we are guaranteed to remain a futile community that is strongly dependent upon them if we are always working against each other and always undoing what our brothers and sisters have worked hard to do. Needless to say, the latter is the fruit of their plan and in order for that ingenious plan to work; we must remain divided and continue to kill each other. Sadly to say, they have been very successful in keeping us divided. However, I am not allocating all of the blame to them because we have allowed and continuously allowing them to divide us. Therefore, it is rather necessary for us to take accountability for the failure of our community because we should know better. For example, with such buying power, an event like Flint Michigan water crisis should not be happening. This only happens because communities that consist of primarily colored people are perceived to lack the necessary power to effectuate any types of change or even the power to stipulate severe punishment for those involved in the events that further aggrieved the people. Therefore, we need to start apportioning this buying power where it will place us in a position of power, respect and dignity.
People of color need to wake up and pay attention to what is happening to our community and how the system is set to push us toward extinction. Think about it, if we unit and successfully build many Little Africa across the nation; we would be able to afford our own education and law enforcement systems within our community thereby eliminating that school to prison pipeline phenomenon and that would also eradicate the fatal events of our young black people being killed by police officers. In addition, we would have the necessary power to lobby for things that would benefit our community. We need to start doing for ourselves people and start putting that $1.1 trillion (estimated to be at 1.3 trillion) buying power to work for our community. Let us unite as people of color and start to support each other as a community and strengthen our influence upon pre-existing system. Not just logical but common sense tells us that the act of supporting the businesses of people of color translates to pay it forward for future generation. It is not going to be easy but we need to start somewhere. We are smart people and we need to put our heads together to orchestrate a viable plan for our community. I believe in us and I know we can do it…
By: Queen Cede