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I am combining the next two societal plagues because they seem to be around each other most times, cultural ignorance and transitional extinction.
I came across this letter over a decade ago and it is so applicable to us that it’s not funny. I modified it to make it applicable to today.
I don’t think I need to say who the “we” is.
They are still our slaves
We can continue to reap profits from blacks without the effort of physical slavery. Look at the current methods of containment that they use on themselves.
Ignorance, greed and selfishness
Their Ignorance is the primary weapon of containment. A man once said, “The best way to hide something from black people is to put it in a book.” We live now in the Information Age. They have gained the opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their fight for freedom, yet they refuse to read.
There are numerous books readily available at Borders, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, not to mention their own black bookstores that provide solid blueprints to reach economic equality (which should have been their fight all along), but few read consistently, if at all.
Greed is another powerful weapon of containment. Blacks, since the abolition of slavery, have had large amounts of money at their disposal. Last year they spent 10 billion dollars during Christmas, out of their 450 billion dollars in total yearly income (2.22 percent). Any of us can use them as our target market for any business venture we care to dream up no matter how outlandish they will buy into it.
Being primarily a consumer people, they function totally by greed. They continually want more, with little thought for saving or investing. They would rather buy some new sneaker than invest in starting a business. Some even neglect their children to have the latest apparel. And they still think that having a Mercedes, and a big house gives the “status” or that they have achieved the American dream.
They are fools! The vast majority of their people are still in poverty because their greed holds them back from collectively making better communities. With the help of BET, and the rest of their black media that often broadcasts destructive images into their homes, we will continue to see huge profits like those of the clothing and sneaker industries. (Tommy Hilfiger has even jeered them, saying he doesn’t want their money, and look at how the fools spend more with him than ever before). They’ll continue to show off to each other while we build solid communities with the profits from our businesses that we market to them.
Selfishness, ingrained in their minds through slavery, is one of the major ways we can continue to contain them. One of their own, W.E.B. Dubois said that there was an innate division in their culture. A “Talented Tenth” he called it. He was correct in his deduction that there are segments of their culture that has achieved some “form” of success.
However, that segment missed the fullness of his work. They didn’t read that the “Talented Tenth” was then responsible to aid the non-talented 90 percent in achieving a better life. Instead, that segment has created another class, a Buppie class that looks down on their people or aids them in a condescending manner. They will never achieve what we have.
Their selfishness does not allow them to be able to work together on any project or endeavor of substance. When they do get together, their selfishness lets their egos get in the way of the goal. Their so-called help organizations seem to only want to promote their name without making any real change in their communities. They are content to sit in conferences and conventions in our hotels, and talk about what they will do, while they award plaques to the best speakers, not the best doers. Is there no end to their selfishness?
They steadfastly refuse to see that “Together Each Achieves More” (TEAM)! They do not understand that they are no better than each other because of what they own. In fact, most of those Buppies are but one or two paychecks away from poverty. All of which is under the control of our pens in our offices and our boardrooms.
Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to read, continue to buy anything that they want and keep thinking they are “helping” their communities by paying dues to organizations that do little other than hold lavish conventions in our hotels.
By the way, don’t worry about any of them reading this letter, remember, they don’t read!
After reading this again, I couldn’t help but shake my head and wonder how someone could be so informative of a culture they are not a part of and why it’s so on point with the state of where we are as a people today.
Even with the uncertainty of what direction this country is heading with Trump as the so to be president and a republican Congress for the first time is years, as scary as things may appear to be, “us” gonna still fulfill 95-99% of this letter,
At least those of us that are stuck in financial purgatory, between poverty and the middle class, we don’t have the extra to blow so it makes it kinda cool being poor. Kinda like the slaves of old who had no one but Jesus to depend on.