(The Italicized portions are part of an article, anonymously presented supposedly by a White man on the state of Black Americans.)
THEY ARE STILL OUR SLAVES
We can continue to reap profits from the Blacks without the effort of
physical slavery. Look at the current methods of containment that they
use on themselves: IGNORANCE, GREED, and SELFISHNESS.
Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon of containment. A great ! man once
said, "The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in
a book." We now live in the Information Age. They have gained the
opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their
fight for freedom, yet they refuse to read. There are numerous books
readily available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, not to
mention their own Black Bookstores that provide solid blueprints to
reach economic equality (which should have been their fight all along),
but few read consistently, if at all.
We are disproportionately Consumer, historically have been Product but are only a micro of Producer. And lastly that my education, my advanced education, day by day is to go back and pull out, mentor out, educate out, as many from "slavery", in its newest iterations, as possible.
I estimate that if I continue with just what I'm doing now, with another 50 years, television show, You Tube, teaching, blog, writing---I can maybe touch 2 million people---of that 2 million potentially 1% to 10% will do what true education does----turn around and do what a teacher has done with and they'll liberate 1% to 10% of the totality of people they come into contact with. Imagine if 1000 more people of color did this? A few hours a week just flooded You Tube with videos of mentoring, explaining how to dress, mentor others, educate, read a book, interview, go to school, get up when you're tired, turn off TV, stay non-addicted, stay non-destructive----imagine if 1000 of us REALLY used the internet? I mean REALLY used it?
GREED is another powerful weapon of containment. Blacks, since the
abolition of slavery, have had large amounts of money at their disposal.
Last year they spent 10 billion dollars during Christmas, out of their
450 billion dollars in total yearly income (2.22%).
Any of us can use them as our target market, for any business venture
we care to dream up, no matter how outlandish, they will buy into it.
Being primarily a consumer people, they function totally by greed. They
continually want more, with little thought for saving or investing.
They would rather buy some new sneaker than invest in starting a
Some even neglect their children to have the latest Tommy or FUBU, And
they still think that having a Mercedes, and a big house gives them
"Status" or that they have achieved their Dream.
They are fools! The vast majority of their people are still in poverty
because their greed holds them back from collectively making better communities.
With the help of BET, and the rest of their black media that often
broadcasts destructive images into their own homes, we will continue to
see huge profits like those of Tommy and Nike. (Tommy Hilfiger has even
jeered them, saying he doesn't want their money, and look at how the
fools spend more with him than ever before!). They'll continue to show
off to each other while we build solid communities with the profits from
our businesses that we market to them.
I pass them by on trains and sometimes in their overpriced cars and they are so lost because they don't know that the storm is coming. That Obama as President doesn't matter a tinkers damn when you don't have a GED or a college education. That by 2014, the
SELFISHNESS, ingrained in their minds through slavery, is one of the
major ways we can continue to contain them. One of their own, Dubois
said that there was an innate division in their culture. A "Talented
Tenth" he called it. He was correct in his deduction that there are
segments of their culture that has achieved some "form" of success.
However, that segment missed the fullness of his work. They didn't read
that the "Talented Tenth" was then responsible to aid The Non-Talented
Ninety Percent in achieving a better life.
Instead, that segment has created another class, a Buppie class that
looks down on their people or aids them in a condescending manner. They
will never achieve what we have. Their selfishness does not allow them
to be able to work together on any project or endeavor of substance.
When they do get together, their selfishness lets their egos get in the
way of their goal. Their so-called help organizations seem to only want
to promote their name without making any real change in their community.
They are content to sit in conferences and conventions in our hotels,
and talk about what they will do, while they award plaques to the best
speakers, not to the best doers. Is there no end to their selfishness?
They steadfastly refuse to see that TOGETHER EACH ACHIEVES MORE (TEAM)
They do not understand that they are no better than each other because
of what they own , as a matter of fact, most of those Buppies are but
one or two pay checks away from poverty. All of which is under the
control of our pens in our offices and our rooms.
Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to read,
continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are "helping"
their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other
than hold lavish conventions in our hotels. By the way, don't worry
about any of them reading this letter, remember, 'THEY DON'T READ!!!!
(Prove them wrong NOW..Please pass this on! After Reading it..)
I walk sometimes through the streets of
- Those who can't thrive will become neo-slaves and forever be neo-slaves and will serve me and others our basics---french fries, towels at the gym, clean the garbage I won't touch.
- Then there are those who will know that maybe life/circumstance means you do a few shitty jobs (I've worked at Wendy's and Pathmark and done day labor on construction sites, and scrubbed walls and mopped floors) to get $100 so you can use $10 to buy a book.
And while you're scrubbing you're thinking through Frederick Douglass or wrestling with Mozart's symphony or trying to figure out whats the difference in being the furrow in or of his brow in Toni Morrison's Paradise---and then maybe you save up and you get into some rooms where educated, knowing people like Carlene Hatcher Polite and Raymond Federman challenge you, not because of your skin, but because of the brain. The Polites and Federmans of the world will casually say go read these 15 people and come back and tell me what you think and if you're going to attempt to write creatively, why are you limiting yourself to staying literally within the lines on a page? Then years later you're at a law school, 4th best on the planet, scared, but there. Holding your books with only $2 in your pocket, having shaved your comfort to the bone to afford your ticket to slip in, to afford the books, to afford the sweatshirt that makes you feel both warm and welcomed and pushes security to giving you the blank smile they reserve for the students.
I keep it moving because I can't spend my lifetime second guessing myself or waiting for a cracked seed to birth fruit. I am only one tool in the Universe's workshop, a single lampshade to reflect enlightenment. Sometimes it's me and sometimes it's something or someone else and sometimes, most of the times teaching, it's a dead patient-student on the gurney. Admitting that to myself, letting myself on the hook allows me to put myself on the hook but not lynch, as mental slavery would have me do, myself.
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