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Talk Black Power

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This design is about shifting the discussion in our community back to Black (African) Power.  Ever since the Black Power Movement of the 60's and 70's many people and leaders in the Black community are scared to talk about Black Power, and when they do they use the same rhetorical and strategies from the 60's with no added intellectual contributions or updating to the times.  And when Black folk start talking about Black Power solutions we're called reverse racists.  We're supposed to believe that a rising tide lifts all boats and what's good for all Americans is good for us.  It doesn't work that way.  What's good for Black America is good for America and all of humanity, but not the other way around if the same people stay in power.  The solutions that will help uplift the Black community will help America out of the mess she's gotten herself into, but helping America in general without targeted programs for historically oppressed groups tends to leave out those groups.  Specifically we need to look at things in terms of whether it empowers or disempowers the community.  So don't be scared to shift the conversation and talk about Black Power.  It's okay to be self-interested.  It's okay to help ourselves and get our own house in order before we try to worry about joining coalitions with other so-called minorities (especially since we aren't minorities at all) and trying to save the world when we can't even save ourselves.  It's okay for Black people to talk about solutions to our problems.  If that makes you a reverse that and keep it movin'.

This is not about isolating ourselves from other groups.  And if people want to work with us, we will be open to mutually-beneficial relationships.  But we will no longer put our issues on the back-burner just to be a part of some coalition with people that have no interest in our well-being.  We will no longer accept Black politicians that can't talk about Black problems or solutions because they can't be seen as showing favoritism to Black people.  We can still be open to working with any group, but on our terms and not as pawns for their interests if those interests are not aligned with ours.