Adam Clayton Powell, African Americans, afrocentric, black power, economics, education, Emmitt Till, Jordan Davis, March on Washington, Martin Luther King, President Obama, Roland Martin, strategic planning, Trayvon Martin
Ok…if anyone is terribly shocked that Jordan Davis’ murderer was not charged with his death get your head out of the sand! Just as Trayvon Martin, Emmitt Till and countless others who were lynched simply because they were Black Men, there will be more to come. As racism has the dye cast, rooted and steeped in tradition, we realize we have been involved in a dysfunctional relationship with an oppressor; and ourselves.
As I checked my Twitter last evening I noticed Roland Martin intimating “let’s get ready for “the march!”
This is an old, predictable tactic. Marches ability to stymie or shake racism to the core fail to eradicate racially hostile schools and communities. In the words of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. who lead marches in Harlem boycotting bus companies who scarcely hired African Americans and stores that only allowed Black People to shop but not work in stores they could shop in; “eventually get on people’s nerves!” Referencing the March on Washington in 1963, Powell mentioned that he not only used that tactic 20 years prior, he zoomed in on the title of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have A Dream”, stating that his speech would have been entitled…
I HAVE A PLAN!!
A PLAN! That means the first order of operations is to CEASE AND DESIST all strategies, efforts, and works to “break into” a dysfunctional relationship with an oppressor that has long since moved on. Crashing glass ceilings and ivory towers may have eked some of us into a position to help; yet rarely enough to saturate where the benefit was leveled, let alone satisfied. If only WE went that hard for our own institutions…oh that’s right: WHAT ARE THEY?!
**Think about it, if you had all the money and power in the world off the backs of someone else, even if you knew it’s wrong, would you be that willing to write a check to eradicate a “moral debt?!”
Other ethnic cultures of color got a clue early. Not to oversimplify African American’s struggle in this country, yet I notice a completely different mindset among West Indians, Africans and Haitians. Don’t get me wrong, some African Americans get it in the midst of hard core, ingrained institutional racism. Yet I see these ethnic cultures of the African diaspora becoming franchisees or creating businesses to build wealth as an affront to unfair hiring practices. I see neighborhoods being developed and purchased. A school for allied health careers was created and taught by Nigerians as to serve their own who encountered educational challenges. Years ago a local teacher started a preparatory school with an Afro-centric curriculum, taking so-called “at-risk” kids and converting them into scholars.
From another perspective East Indians in my neighborhood have erected several temples and strip malls with stores that cater to the needs and culture of East Indians; only. Native Americans who an oppressor literally obliterated off the face of the country are doing more than casinos…they have the payday loan business on lock!
So if we really want to honor Jordan Davis’ life, if we really want to get serious about the true enhancement and enfranchisement of African Americans be clear:
AN OPPRESSOR WILL ONLY ADVANCE A CAUSE WHICH SERVES TO ENHANCE THEMSELVES!
CREATE PLANS, STRUCTURE STRATEGIES AND EXECUTE POWER!!!