Does Black lives matter? Absolutely. Should we expect compensation from others to show appreciation for our black lives? No.
Why? Because all lives matter, and others compensate themselves to show the world that the people of their culture lives do matter.
How? By having OWNERSHIP!
There is an importance in ownership that has never been emphasized. Let me show you how powerful ownership is, how powerful owning the venues in our communities is, and not giving our money to these company's who will not invest back in to our communities. Lets look back to what happened when we once had thriving ownership throughout our communities.
What Happened in 1921
Black Wall Street, the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-Black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious Whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving Black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering – a model community destroyed and a major African-American economic movement resoundingly defused. The night’s carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead and over 600 successful businesses lost. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and even a bus system… ALL DESTROYED.
Ownership equals power. We once gained power, and were dependant on ourselves, but that was taken away from us. The only way to show that our lives do matter is to get that power back. Keep the money flowing through our communities. Stop spending our money on products and company's that invest in the very same things that keeps us in poverty.
Racism is clearly still alive, and is being exposed more and more everyday, but no matter how much we expose it, people will see it for how it applies to them. In this case, being a victim of racism, doesn't apply to all people. Black Lives Matter is a powerful movement. It is bringing a lot of awareness to our culture. Now that awareness is flourishing through our eyes. Let's direct this movement to Black excellence and Black Ownership.
We have to teach our kids that the world is adverse, but most importantly how to beat adversity!
I like to say we were born to lose, but built to win. For decades, and centuries, the black culture has been looked down upon, and we can't seem to gain the respect we deserve. The world has been taught that Black Is bad. Black Is bad is more of a conscious that is implanted in to the minds of people to generate their mindset on us. Their intimidation towards us is embedded in their conscious. It's so deep that black is afraid of black. We are afraid of our own kind.
It's time to tap in to what Black is Bad is all about...
Now, if you set the Black race to the side, and just look at the color black. What does black represent?
Black cat- bad luck
Dark angel- bad angel
Dark magic- bad magic
The list goes on. Anything that's dark is bad or evil. Darkness is used to represent evil in movies, video games, etc. The concept of Black is Bad has been taught for decades. How does it affect your consciousness on the Black race? Many people would not be able to answer this because it's too deeply embedded in their conscious.
We all know that the media control the minds of the masses, especially with things they are not directly exposed to. By this, they paint an image of black people. They only broadcast the negative things that is happening in our communities, and create these terrifying stats of black on black crime, which has not been proven to be true. For major news channels, no one wants to hear about the million mans march, peaceful protesting, etc. They want to see riots, shootings, and things of violent nature to stimulate their interest. Right? No, wrong! Our country wants to see whatever news is happening around the world. News are slightly different when covering things pertaining to Whites vs things pertaining to Blacks, and even Hispanics.
If you look at crimes done by Whites, compared to crimes done by blacks, you will see a huge difference in how they are portrayed by media.
Crimes done by Blacks: He was a thug, he is assumed to be in a gang , police shoots him down.
Crimes done by Whites: He had a mental disability, signs were ignored, he was apprehended.
Of course, this is not the case in all crimes.
There is a huge desparity amongst us, and you have to be very conscious of the media's role in creating these false images.
Please pay close attention to what media is feeding your conscious.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS