We’ve all grown up heating that phrase and I’ve never believed it but when I look around and think about the economic conditions our people are in, unfortunately the saying really is true for many of us in our thinking. Conditioning over hundreds of years has put in the minds of our people that the white man is superior and should be feared. If that were not true, how have we allowed every aspect of our existence here to be dictated, regulated or controlled by someone that doesn’t look like us? The politics, school systems, healthcare, housing, employment, you name it. That is why there is no such thing as black racism because none of the aforementioned areas are controlled by black people where they can deny anyone white an opportunity. Do we decide the racial breakdown of a city? We live where we live because someone else decided and even if you have moved to a suburb, usually you know what happens if too many of us come. Oh and for those that are the ONLY neg roes in the subdivision, your mortgage rate is higher even if you have better credit a recent study proved.
WE can not underestimate the conditioning of slavery on our thought process. I got hit from behind in a car accident once and for months I was driving afraid so I was always looking in the rear view mirror. That was just on accident. How would I be thinking or driving if it happened over and over and over? Coons and sellouts are products of the conditioning because they are too afraid to challenge the status quo. I have to ask myself constantly am I doing the same thing/ When it comes to our economic independence, you have to as k yourself where you spend your money. I always try to chose a black lawyer, doctor, dentist, insurance agent, mechanic anything that I can to keep my money in my community. I’m not always successful but I try my best. Who does your hair , nails, where you buy gas, everywhere I spend my money I try. I give to charitable organizations that support Black causes. If we all did, change would come.
Are some businesses ghetto? Yes. Do some of them provide terrible service? Yes but because they depend on our money you can help them and if they still refuse then go elsewhere. I’d be willing to bet when you go to Needless Marcup-Nieman Marcus and you get bad service, get ignored or treated like you stole something, you don’t call them ghetto and stop shopping there. That’s how sick some of us are. You have a problem giving money to your own but will freely spend without regard for treatment at the business of your oppressor. That’s why the white man’s ice is always colder..
Until we change our thinking, put real money in real black businesses and stop talking about it or we are doomed. Until we put our money to work in our favor we will continue to be killed by the police, taken for granted by the Democratic party, will keep begging for jobs and education and be a negligible factor in the world. We can change this if we just think before we spend. I believe it can be done what about you? What is it going to take for us to believe?
I remember when I first saw this title on an old Public Enemy album and thought about how profound it was. That is the main fear of white supremacy and is the reason they fight so hard. Then I starting thinking about how we are always called minorities when in fact white people are the minority on the planet. The jig is up because if you just do a little research you will find how you have been lied to. Why is this topic important for my Real Black Power is Green series? It is important because you need to change your thinking. If you feel small or inferior, half the work of the oppressor is done. You will never really know or accept your real power.
In the recent aftermath of the uprisings in Baltimore, I am proud of the young people there. If I hear one more speech about nonviolent protest I will scream The main objective of those kids was to be heard not to be called thugs and criminals. Kids scared white folks so bad an Oriole ball game was played in an empty stadium. I wonder how much revenue was lost when a hot dog or a beer or parking was not spent. Hitting the man in the pocket is the bloodless revolution. A few kids terrorized an entire city. And a few days later charges were brought. Is that a coincidence?
Black people have to realize that they have been conditioned to think they have no power or control to be kept in line. It is as if we have been conditioned like the circus elephant. The baby elephant is chained to a post so it can’t get away no matter how hard it tries. The thought is instilled of powerlessness so when the elephant grows up, a tiny rope ties up the huge animal that could pull an entire tent down but the thought never occurs to the animal. Despite our size we believe we have no power.
There are roughly 6 billion people on the planet earth. 46 million .black people are in the US. There are roughly three times that number in Nigeria alone. Did that just blow your mind? Africa is a continent not a country. There are nearly one billion Africans in the motherland. As conscious as I thought I was I didn’t know. We have just as many of us as the Chinese. Media will never tell you that. What about other Africans in other european countries and places like the caribbean, Brazil, Panama, Haiti, Cuba and Australia. Now you get the picture? We are a force to be recond with and never quite knew it. Free your mind and your ass will follow. Stop thinking small.
Africa has diamonds, gold, rubies, sapphires, just to name some of its riches. There are so many resources that I could go on and on about but that is why the motherland has been underdeveloped because THEY don’t want us to control our own stuff. Whyis there poverty with all the wealth around. The same goes here, why are we so so poor after all we have given this country? Wake up and smell the roach spray, there is a plan. It’s time we got one and be willing to die for it because as Malcolm X said the price of freedom is death.
The purpose of this series is to take a closer look at the power of the black dollar. In light of the issues facing the black community, in comparison to mainstream America, we are still at the bottom of everything. We have the worst education, housing, healthcare, income and technology gaps etc. Despite the political stride of helping to elect a Black President, he still is the most disrespected and obstructed president ever. Despite so called social gains we still are the victims of police brutality and judicial injustice. When you look at all these areas in their entirety Black people have not lived up to our potential and often have relegated our futures to be determined by others.
There are examples of those business men and women that have been successful and made great choices but I believe what you do to the least of my brothers you do to me. As long as there is a Trayvon Martin or an Eric Garner, the money you have cannon protect you. It doesn’t matter that you can afford a rolls Royce for your teen son but if he drives it he’s going to be pulled over and could be killed by the police. Our daughters could be sexually harassed and brutalized by police as well. If racism and sexism still dictate the policies that affect our daily lives, money doesn’t mean everything. But it can.
Economic opportunity can change lives for the better and can change the mentality of so many that have lives of crime, drug abuse and violence. We spend trillions of dollars and the bloodless revolution is keeping our money in our pocket. When we are maximizing our economic power as a mass of people then we can turn the tables. We have become such consumers , there are entire industries we can shut down. Who buys refrigerated biscuits more than we do? How many Black people work for them? We have the power to change every aspect of our lives and put in place the conditions for success. We can still vote but money can buy politicians. Money talks and bullshit walks is and will always be true in America.
We need to understand it’s not how much money you make but what you spend that counts. Our ancestors had teaching jobs and government jobs and they bought homes, have pensions and live well. Many of us now have six figure jobs and drive and wear most of the money but we travel and eat and drink “good.’ Too many of us have forgotten the sacrifices that were made and certainly don’t sacrifice for anyone else. What are we doing? We have all that we need to create a black world where we determine our own destiny. You have to know better to do better my mother used to say and that’s what this series will attempt to do in terms of providing what has happened to us and what decisions we need to make to improve our lot.
We need to stop buying what we want and begging for what we need. It’s time to face some cold hard truth about the bullshit we do. A small group of conscious Black folk can make an impact and that is my end game. Starting this moment let’s change our mentality to reach our fullest potential. I love you all.