Should we as Black people focus on economics or political power? This question has always seemed artificial to me. There is no point in time where all of our talents could or need to be harnessed in one direction. Neither is there one solution to oppression because we are being oppressed in more than one area simultaneously. Maybe the question isn't which one area, but how many?
We stepped into [FREEDOM], which necessitated immediate Reconstruction. Food, clothing, shelter, compensation for skills, and healthcare. Having received the bare minimum in these areas as enslaved people, now we had to recreate even that having largely been denied our own agency up to this point. Many remain in this state of poverty to this very day.
Basic [LITERACY] was also denied. Knowledge of our [HISTORY]. Our very [VOICE] was silenced by Jim Crow and [COMMUNITY / FAMILY] attacked to keep us from prospering. [STATE ENFORCED] agents indoctrinated us with fear and were sanctioned to confiscate and destroy what we were able to create. These actions robbed us of sufficient [MONEY], stripped us of [POWER] gained and denied us [ACCESS] to vehicles and opportunities to advance.
The point of this exposition is not to recount all of the injustices, but to reverse engineer the simultaneous elements which were used to oppress us. And therefore to shed light on the need to liberate ourselves in each of these areas. No one area will be sufficient.
There are many ideas and approaches. But which ones are effective? Progress is a mindet. Are you doing something just to feel good, strike back at someone who wronged you, although human and even necessary at times. But ultimately only ideas that work should continue to rule the day. Self-esteem and efficiency are required to embrace the most effective approaches.
News of others' ongoing successes in these areas will aid in continued reexamining of, improvement in and expansion of approaches, as well as serve as a buffer to the chaos media which aims to rob us of the will to continue.
Some say segregate within or leave America. Some say assimilate, forgive, love or arm ourselves. Some deny the continued impact of America's oppression of Black people and others believe America must admit it's original sin before we can move forward. Again, one approach will not do. All people must (BUILD OUR OWN). As Americans, tax payers, amended citizens, we must acquire our fair share from government entities and corporations (ACQUIRE FAIR SHARE). Where we are denied equality or experience the impact of crime and corruption we must hold the corrupt accountable (HOLD CORRUPT ACCOUNTABLE) for recompense. Finally, it is not good enough to just survive or even thrive, we have the right through these efforts, should we so choose, to expect (LIVE IN PROSPERITY) and aid others in achieving the same.
This is a daunting undertaking. The goal is continue to define, refine and granularize actions to be taken. As we engage in this delineation of efforts, keep in mind that we all can start. Educate yourself on these issues and approaches. Create your own personal, family, community or larger version of the framework and liberation strategies. Seek out organizations, individuals and volunteer with and donate resources to those enacting change that meets your concerns.
4 pillars of Black Progress