Don’t Lie On My Ancestors

If you fast forward 40 years, y’all will still be talking about “Our ancestors died so we can vote.” No our ancestors protested and boycotted and hit them pockets. They never thought you would lie on them.

Our ancestors sacrificed their lives for equality. We’re not there yet. What will you tell your grandkids in 40 years? “Things haven’t changed because 100% of Black people didn’t vote….And 100% of Black people need to vote and they need to vote for the Democrats.” ??? Will you be happy when you see things haven’t changed in 40 years?

It’s time to face the fact that our ancestors did not vote to affect change. They disrupted this country. Non-violent protesting does not mean convenient. We must get in the way. We must disrupt things. We must make life uncomfortable. And voting is the most comfortable thing we can do.

“The Revolution Will Not be Supervised” by Da’Shaun Harrison is A Must Read

In reading Da’Shaun Harrison’s “The Revolution Will Not be Supervised,” you can feel the pulse of the movement for Black lives. Particularly this young man’s pulse. By killing leaders, they often kill movements. Harrison, a young and experienced activist, boldly states, as many have in the past, that we don’t need a leader. But then he paints the picture of why through very real experiences of his own.

While reading this article, I was reminded of many things. But one passage in particular made me react.

Organizing is not easy. It is about engaging the communities around you; it places an emphasis on political education; it is about determining and working through the logistics for protests; it is about developing campaigns and programs which target both community members as well as local and state governments.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Supervised” by Da’Shaun Harrison https://link.medium.com/XyT4Ujane9

This is important. As hard as they work, often times, the organizations don’t reach out enough to the community. I want to find a home organization because it has been hard for me to find actions to join from outside of an organization. And I will say, although I have looked for actions, I haven’t really looked too hard for a new organization because I wasn’t mentally ready to be burned out.

Welcoming newbies and sustaining that welcome is important to an organization’s growth as well as the growth of movements. Da’Shaun speaks about the spontaneous uprisings and using them as opportunities for veterans to engage the newbies.

I have noticed that sometimes the more experienced activists can be judgemental, cliquish, dismissive and arrogant in an organization. Bringing in new members only to show them they’ve been committed and there and woke. What’s very impressive and admirable, soon becomes obnoxious.

New people want and need direction. They also can’t commit every waking moment of their life to any movement, which is sometimes expected. Harrison’s voice is inviting. It is welcoming. It is growth. It is the voice I want to hear in the streets or at a meeting. It is the voice of what could be. Let this be our collective sentiment. Our collective voice.

Let’s not burn out our veteran activists. Let this be our collective sentiment. Our collective voice. So many of them have the “same” experience as Da’Shaun. They are there. They are committed and they are to be commended. But we should not take them for granted. The article speaks on physical and mental health issues that have plagued this young man because of his commitment. But Da’Shaun is not unique. I’ve seen it.

Although I have been considered an activist, and I consider myself an activist, I have not committed myself to organizing consistently. Something I must change. But I will work consistently with moderation. I always say the youth will lead the revolution. And I’m excited about this. Their collective efforts, will inspire us. They are inspiring us.✊🏽

This was an awesome article. Please head over to Medium and give it a read, some claps and some shares.

The Case For Reparations

Reparations is being called for from a greater amount of Black people in the U.S. Past and on going discriminations must be set straight. It sounds good.

We are talking about closing the wealth gap. Black People don’t have nearly as much wealth as white people. But I’m for economic justice. Not closing the wealth gap. Which is what these corporations should be serving instead of empty slogans that “show” they understand BLM and corporate “support” that doesn’t lead to better jobs or economic situations. Don’t forget, the wealth gap still means poor Black people. Because there are poor white people. I’m not satisfied with there being any poor Black people. At all. Never will I be.

Being on par with white people in America means…. A little bit of rich Black people…. More middle class Black people… And still vastly more poor Black people than rich Black people. This cannot be our goal.

Reparations is a great start. But overall, even white people aren’t making great strides economically either. The fact that they are doing “Better than Black people” is not much of a statement. Let’s move forward with the greater goal in mind

Corporations Owe Black Lives More Than Lip Service

Beyond corporations giving financial support to groups that are defending the lives of Black people, corporations have an obligation to work on equality in the workplace. The disparities in salaries, promotions, visibility is often overlooked because no one is overty racist.  But Black people get paid less, promoted less and are given less opportunities in the workplace.    Corporations have to dig deep to address these issues.  A hashtag will not do.

We Are Not Our Ancestors

“WE ARE NOT OUR ANCESTORS” is disrespectful AF. WE have had almost 150 years of “freedom” and what have we done… without shackles? 40 million Black people in the U.S. and a few thousand Black protestors out in the wake of the murder of to #GeorgeFloyd. Get a grip. Don’t let them lie to you. Our ancestors were killing slave owners! Know your history. Don’t let these white people tell you that our ancestors were just singing negro spirituals waiting to be saved. Because that’s a lie. That’s them making you think that good white folk freed you. No. We were fighting before the civil war.

There was wide spread attempts to escape slavery. There were plots to kill the slave owners and the overseers. Black men and women risking life and limb to escape to “freedom.” According to brittanica.com, “Estimates of the total number of slave revolts vary according to the definition of insurrection. For the two centuries preceding the American Civil War (1861–65), one historian found documentary evidence of more than 250 uprisings or attempted uprisings involving 10 or more slaves whose aim was personal freedom.”

We have to be careful. We have to understand our past in order to move towards our future. We can’t just assume that our formerly enslaved ancestors were weak people who just prayed to a Christian God for freedom. This is historically inaccurate and does not serve us.

Constitutions can be rewritten and laws can be changed. The freedoms of Black people are, at this time, wholly dependent upon people who don’t GAF about us. Unless we fight for real change…. real freedom, it will be more of the same. We have to continue on this path of active agitation. We are not our ancestors, we have a long way to go.