In 1954 , a 15-year-old named Claudette Colvin, was arrested for challenging segregation on a Montgomery bus. Seven months later, 18-year-old Mary Louise Smith was arrested for refusing to yield her seat to a white passenger. Neither arrest, however, mobilized Montgomery’s black community like that of Rosa Parks, because her “character” was more in tuned to what the kneegrow Christians of the city deemed impeccable. More than 66% of the riders…40,000 and 50,000 …on the buses were blacks, therefore, most of the income for the bus company came from black riders. In 1955, 90% Afrikan residents of Montgomery Alabama, boycotted the public buses, which was orchestrated on the day of Parks’ court hearing for the audacity of sitting at the front of a bus and ignoring the drivers “command” to sit in the back. To show how upset they were with the continual second class status, they made sure the boycott was felt. The boycott lasted 381 days.
Montgomery’s eighteen Afrikan owned cab companies transported boycotters for 10¢ a ride, as opposed to the normal 45¢ as a way to support the campaign. Quickly, city officials and police condemned this practice and warned that any taxi driver who did not charge the standard 45¢ a ride would be arrested. In response to this threat, the boycotters, organized an intricate carpool system in early 1956 as an alternative means of transportation for the boycotters.
Approximately 300 cars functioned as part of the carpool system during the Montgomery bus boycott. Organizers of the carpool established “dispatch stations” in African American neighborhoods throughout Montgomery where boycotters could gather in the mornings to be transported to work. Similarly, in the evenings, “pick-up stations” served the same function for the return home.
Seeing how the economic pressure affected the State of Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ordered Montgomery to integrate its bus system. The ruling came about because white business went into the tank, while many new black businesses were established. These included taxi services, private bus companies, bed and breakfast dwellings and even restaurants. All coming about to fill the void and to cater to the exclusive needs of all these black people who overstood the power of economics. After the order for integration, black people stopped patronizing these new businesses and went back to being disrespected by the savages. Many black businesses lost revenues and folded. This was a result of kneegrows believing that white materialism and white consumerism is miles better than anything that Afrikan people could produce.
In the wake of the two more recent publicized murder of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile (rest in power brothers), by paid agents of the state and federal government and at the urging of many on social media, including hip hop celebrity Killer Mike, many black people started moving their fiat colored paper into black owned banking institutions.
Some have called for and actually started boycotting white owned establishments, in a limited way, and many appeared to be practicing a buy black campaign exclusively. I am however, concerned that ourstory is bound to repeat itself as it was done in 1956. After integration was demanded of Montgomery’s bus line, black people abandoned the opportunity to create a strong economic force in the South at that time. I am concerned that we will once again forget what true survival and manifest destiny means. In looking at the latest foolishness called Pokemon Go, it is hard to forget that we live in an era of total distraction and a simpleton and parochial mindset. People falling off cliffs, jumping the fence at a zoo, walking into stop signs and crashing their cars, are some of the things that are reported regarding the people who follow this latest social media event that is geared to distract us from continually federal and State sanctioned poLICE murder of black people. Unfortunately many of these Pokemon players are kneegrows.
It is so easy for us to be distracted by any and everything Yurugu puts out, coupled with our inane worship of white “things”, that I can predict that kneegrows would once again patronize white “things”. Why do I say this? Because while we glorify switching banks and boycotting SOME stores, Afrikans in amurdikkka and Canaduh, manufacture very little, if anything that would be considered a national product. We don’t have enough black establishment in many cities that is ether good enough or popular enough in many kneegrows eyes, to stop them from patronizing the Chinese dog and rat food restaurants. The Arab disrespect and filth ridden establishment or the White anti-Afrikan hating establishments…all geared to pinch their noses and take our money, while treating us less than a mangy dog. We don’t mass produce any electronics, fabrics or anything the consumer can point to as saying this is something we produce NATIONALLY! There are currently 24 grocery stores in the Continental USA, in a nation serving approximately 42 million people (if just you include the ones claiming to be Hispanic).
We don’t mass produce anything nationally, like freedom toilet paper….
or TRUE Heavy Duty Liquid Laundry Detergent…..
Yet today we post up shit about the latest valedictorian from some White university or some “black first”, who became the latest kneegrow to excel under white pathology, as they work their black off to enhance and prop up white pathology. In the case of the black banks, I see it as more a reactionary response, something we are prone to do, instead of a calculated one with a long term purpose.
The number of black-owned banks in the U.S. continues to decline, at a time when many Afrikan neighborhoods are still coping with the effects of the mortgage crisis and are in need of basic financial services. Although 13.2% of the U.S. population is Afrikan with amurdikkklan citizenship, less than half of 1% of U.S. banks are black-owned, according to Federal Reserve data. There are just 24 banks with majority Afrikan ownership, a sharp decline from 41 in 2007, prior to the recession. There were 44 black-owned banks in 1986, the year Congress passed a law designating February as National Black History Month.
At the same time, Afrikans in amurdikkka, as a group are underserved by financial services. More than 53% of blacks are either unbanked or underbanked (meaning they supplement their bank account with alternatives such as check cashiers). That’s nearly double the percentage of the population as a whole, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
The disproportionately high number of Afrikan people who are disconnected from mainstream financial services is a target market for black-owned banks. Many of these consumers have no checking and savings accounts, and they often rely heavily on check cashiers, pawn shops, payday lenders or other high-cost alternative financial providers. Yet it took a celebrity to remind us, even after the whole savings and loans scandal and even during the high interest robberies of the check cashing institutions, that black dollars matter. And Black dollars matter to black institutions.
Many black-owned banks are located in neighborhoods that other banks don’t serve, and these institutions provide access to safe and affordable bank accounts, mortgages and business loans. One of the largest, One United Bank, offers these and other greatly needed bank services, including second-chance checking for customers who have been denied an account in the past, secured credit cards for those working on rebuilding damaged credit, and education for first-time home buyers.
The problem that I have is not with black owned banks, even though many banks are subjected to financial and political interference by the Federal governments and large banking conglomerates, who can, like they did in 1929, create a crisis that would make small banks fail. My concerns rests with us resting or ceasing our activities at black banking or at boycotting a few commercial establishments, like some Korean hair stores, or something as simple as that. My concern lies in how we have a track record of getting excited, doing something dramatic for the camera and then going back to begging others for our sustenance, because we have never replace their service with our own well built and sustainable ones.
Just like Montgomery, I can envision black people abandoning this latest efforts, because (a) we love white “things” too much above and beyond our own (b) we have little or nothing to take the place of those things we boycott (c) just having a black business is not enough, as evident by what happened after the 1956 boycott was called off and how our impoverished mentality resulted in numerous black business failing after roughly a year from their inception. We have to have a mentality of black first, black second and black all the time. The days of practicing “brotherly love” and extending a hand of integration, should be regulated to the dustbins of ourstory. Gone should be the days when we ASS-sume that Yurugu carries that gene inside of him, that would make him feel compassion with the expectations that they would treat black people as equals.
Too many social media warriors like to throw out the terms radical and revolution, as if they really overstood what those two words meant. Revolution is more than marching or burning things. Its more than shooting and fighting. Revolution at its core is merely about change. Enacting change, by any means necessary. Change is constant and change is necessary for an entity or group to be able to be functional and have life. Creating our own economic vehicle that is nationwide as well as local or regional is not radical. It is a natural act of a group practicing self preservation. radical is something totally different from the norm, therefore what we are doing now is radical. Radical because we don’t follow nature and other ethnic groups by practicing self preservation.
We use to practice these things, because we overstood this even while many race first practitioners, such as Marcus Garvey and Elijah Muhammad, preached this. No! Radical is a natural state for racism. Racism is the philosophy of group competitiveness or a race to control scarce resources. Radical is only observed when black people decide to practice race first. But it is not radical. It is a necessary ideology and practice for our survival.
BLACK EFFORTS MATTER
Yesterday I passed by an area in Toronto, Canada, called Harbourfront. Harbourfront is currently an upscale, condo heavy stretch of land, that grew out of the black people’s constant effort in building up white economy, yet never reaping the benefit. At the center of Harbourfront is the Harbourfront center.
Harbourfront Centre is one of Canada’s most popular tourist attractions – and one of the most unique and creative cultural centres in the world – drawing more than 17 million repeat annual visitors and contributing millions of dollars to the local economy each year. Since 2005, Harbourfront Centre has been working on a series of projects that continue to transform the waterfront. Some of these improvements include an extension of the boardwalk, a 300-stall underground parking garage and three new public spaces: Canada Square, Ontario Square and Exhibition Common. And this is only the beginning of the remarkable and pioneering changes planned for the southern edge of Canada’s largest city.
In 1972, Pierre Trudeau’s federal government created a Crown corporation (government lands that is owned by the Queen of England) with a mandate to revitalize 100 central acres of waterfront land stretching west from York Street to Stadium Road. Culture, education and recreation were to be the tools that would bring Torontonians back to the lake and attract visitors from around the globe.
Harbourfront really rose to prominence a few years after the yearly Caribana parade was responsible to build up these economically depraved areas. This link breaks down how after every Caribana parade that went through a certain area, eventually left in its wake an economically built up area, that eventually demanded that the government not allow the parade to continue at or near these venues. From Jarvis street, which sits right next to Church street, the most homosexual street in the country, the parade, went down to the former slave era sugar factory by Harbourfront. When Harbourfront from Jarvis to Yong was built up, the parade was moved to University Avenue, from the Provincial building, down an avenue with monuments to Britain and Canada’s involvement with the Boars in South Afrika, down to Harbourfront. Again, after these areas were built up, the parade was moved through the CNE grounds along Lakeshore boulevard. The CNE grounds is built up, so now, the parade just starts on Lakeshore boulevard, it was fenced off, like you fence off animals and Caribana eventually lost ownership of the parade.
Harbourfront Centre grew because they sold it as a cultural center, yet no culture contributed to its current state than when black culture went to the center. Building on over 20 years of tradition, ironically called Kuumba, these events had sparked discourse and conversation around current and historical debates within the African-Canadian community. I remember when I used to vend cultural products back in the day, how the Harbourfront committee specifically hired her to pimp Afrikan culture at Harbourfront to help make it as popular as it would become. During that time, these events were big, international Caribbean and Afrikan musical acts performed yearly. Soon numerous condos went up from Bathurst Avenue in the west connecting with Yong Street in the East.
Eventually, following the gentrification norms, the condo owners started complaining that too much noise was being made on these weekends. Too much noise meant to much nukkas running around and scaring white people. So what did Harbourfront do? They slowly moved away from black music AND the presence of black artisans to where the vendors are now Asians , south american and white vendors. I know many won’t believe this or agree. Unless you were an artisan in the mid 90’s to the mid 2000’s and was actually a witness to how they used us culturally and discarded us.
The old adage those ignorant of ourstory is doomed to repeat it, is a practice that black people seem to continually ignore.
As long as we stop at just boycotts or limited buy black campaign, Yurugu will just wait us out until our weak minds and nonexistent cultural self preservation, will make us run right back to the poison culture of Europe. A culture of death and destruction,even among themselves. Cultural self preservation is not just economics. But economics is the beginning of cultural self preservation, after we make a decisions to do this.
Yes..black lives matter as long as its backed by black dollars and black self preservation. AS long as we put black efforts into building and patronizing black institutions. And before the weak of mind complain that Yurugu has guns and the intent to use it, please shut up. We are in an era, where we have more “freedom” to move around more than we did in the early 1900’s. We are also less fearful of Yurugu than back then. We just have less race pride and less common sense. We are the trained circus elephant, who believes that the circus owners are more powerful than us. And that the circus environment is more appealing than being back in the plains of Afrika…
Black lives matter…and so do Black dollars and black efforts.