Ty, I think you hit it right on the head when you said, "there are enough resources for us to repair ourselves." The US government will not do this for us.
I was listening for Farrakhan's press conference about the situation in Libya the other day. During his talk, he reiterated his position on reparations. He basically said that the US should give us some land on US soil for us to create our own black nation using the Koran as our constitution. Then the US government should put us on their welfare roles for the next 25 years until we are self-sufficient.
This made me think about the lost potential of the Million Man March. The minister called for one million, and we all know that nearly 2 million showed up. It's estimated that each participant spent at least one hundred dollars around that event if you figure in food, lodging, transportation, and spending on incidentals. So let's call that 200 million dollars!. How much land can you buy with 200 million dollars? In my home state of PA, a hell of a lot. How many viable businesses can you launch with 200 millon dollars? Again, plenty. So why wasn't that vision articulated and projected? The solution and the resources, both human and potential were right there staring the minister in the face. At the end of the day was the Millon Man March an ego trip. and empty show of force? If not, then where was the call to action -- concrete and sustained action? To me, the event fell far short of its potential.
For an organization that preaches self reliance and separation, the idea of asking the enemy for assistance is not only repugnant but very puzzling. It makes me question Farrakhan's sincerity. That's right, I said it.
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Great post Ty and Kevin...Thank you for your insights! I could not agree with you more Kevin. While I agree with much of Farrakhan's message, he still makes me feel uneasy about his real intentions. With the power that exist already in the Nation of Islam, I would expect to see much greater results than what I see at present.
I always thought "The Nation" was one of the premier advocates of selfreliance in the African-American comunity. The Nation of Islam has contributed greatly to improving the mental and physical state of Black Folk in America and that can not be denied. However, to ask for, or even demand assistance from your oppressor is foolish talk. Kevin - your outline of how simple it would be to raise needed capital to build our own communities (based on the simple formula of 2 million men) is a perfect example of our collective power, when we deside to wake ourselves from our slumber (collectively). When we become determined to take care of our own and stop talking and start planning and then acting on those plans for a better future.
I am so grateful that you both are here and sharing your knowledge with others who are members and those who just visit on occassion. I hope Living Legacy Journal will become one of many foundations for the launching of a new era that not only wakes us from our comatose state, but lifts the collective Diaspora to their rightfull place in the universe.
Greetings Ty, thanks for sharing a very thought provoking poem, brings to my mind, 40 acres & a mule won't be enough now, they waited way to long, I demand our Reparations, so we can choose to be long gone.
After living in Ghana for 3,5 yrs and now being back in the snakes for 3 yrs, even with red dirt roads in from of my house in Ghana, I was the happiest, most peaceful, healthy and content I have ever been in my whole life. I'm 63 now. We as a people will never know peace in America. We will not be whole until we have our own.