CARES ACT For Everyone But Native Black Americans, Pt1

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Five days ago, March, 25, 2020, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund hailed Comcast as a hero for offering Xfinity WiFi to low income earners free of charge for two months. However, two weeks prior to that, Comcast successfully gutted the first civil rights bill, known as the civil rights act of 1866 by persuading the Supreme Court to rule that discrimination cases can’t be litigated unless victims of racism can find a smoking gun, which is like trying to find the word NIGGER in a batch of emails one doesn’t have access to.

It’s damn near impossible to prove explicit racism. Black leadership in America is fraudulent and needs to be examined with a magnifying glass because it doesn’t serve the Native Black American community well at all.

Comcast disables civil rights in 2020 with hate crimes on the rise and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund lionizes them? What am I missing? Matter of fact, what are we as a community not understanding about failed black leadership?

It’s no surprise to me that TMCF is also touting their role in securing $1.05 Billion in HBCU funding despite the fact that the bulk of the money will be diverted to DACA students instead of Native Black Americans. My big issue with taking money from an already underserved ethnic group of Black Americans (American Descendants of Slavery) is immigrant businesses don’t have a good track record of hiring or promoting Native Black Americans in their businesses or the corporations they manage.

Instead of spending this money on non citizens the Thurgood Marshall College Fund ought to invest more in NativeBlack American K-12, so that these vulnerable children receive better education and support. Use this money to hire people who genuinely care for this specific group and will give all that they’ve got to ensure that this group’s children are well supported in their growth to becoming fully functioning and productive community members.

I’m not sorry that I don’t trust the immigrant population to help uplift the Native Black American community. There’s no historical proof that says I’m wrong.

Harry L Williams is the president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and he’s worked with Cory Booker, Karen Bass, and others who’s main goal in securing HBCU funding from the CARES ACT (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) is to pass that money onto the 800,000 DACA students now flooding to Historically Black Colleges.

The Native Black American community would be wise to read what’s in the CARES ACT so they can see for themselves what’s in the bill, who benefits, and who doesn’t. All I’ve seen after reading the first 100 pages is American Descendants of Slavery will get next to nothing except an empty cart. Leave it up to black leadership in America to secure nothing for American Descendants of Slavery while leaving us to foot the bill for everyone else’s benefit.


Individualism Is a Hoax

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Angered and tired of being the mules for wealthy warmongers, indentured Whites and American Descendants of Slavery (Native Black Americans) ancestors rebelled against the one percent (Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676, Jamestown, Virginia). Since then, classism has been replaced by racism in an attempt to keep Native Black Americans from consolidating resources, materially or socially, for the benefit of their collective uplift and stability. Although great powers are invested in keeping NBA/ADOS unity fragmented now’s an optimal time to move from individualism back to collectivism in an effort to restore our family and extended family ties.

The last time American Descendants of Slavery had a semblance of control over our culture along with a sense of solidarity we created the D.A.P., an era of Dignity and Pride. It drove Native Black Americans to become creators and innovators, and pushed us to not only strengthen our family and extended family bonds, its appeal also inspired Black people around the world to say it with their chest, I’m Black and I’m Proud.

The assassination of Martin Luther king Jr, the war on drugs, and the creation of crack cocaine were orchestrated to crush and pulverize the very necessary bridges that family and fictive-kin upholds for any success that the NBA/ADOS community might have, short of federally funded reparations.

While the institution of slavery sought to annihilate the humanity of American Descendants of Slavery and failed, individualism is achieving what the institution could not – divisive forms of classism has taken root within the group, plus there’s a widening blind spot among Blacks who are generation X or younger. Wealth isn’t being transferred as one generation passes and the next steps into their shoes. Instead we’re seeing generations of poverty or at the most an individual makes it up a rung only to see their fortune stolen or lost by the time the next generation is ready to assume it or some time within the next generation’s lifetime – the fortune is no more, thus, Native Black Americans are the only ethnic group poised to live a worse quality of life than their parents. This is no coincidence. There’s a reason the NBA/ADOS community who have been tricked into thinking in terms of individualism only see their wealth circulate within their community once maybe twice while others see theirs circulate dozens and dozens of times. We’ve been hoodwinked.

Many immigrant groups rely on extended kin for help in saving money to launch migrations and to care for property and personal belongings while the migrant is away. Once in the United States, immigrants co-reside with sponsors and are provided a variety of aid including housing, meals, clothing, public transportation passes, and assistance securing employment (Bashir, 2007).

Looking at the above family solidarity model, Native Black Americans can envision what reclaiming their culture of collectivism might look like. Dignity and Pride doesn’t have to be a thing of the past with us. It does however rely on us pausing from our lifestyle of hyper-individualism to examine how much it has cost us so far, and to be brave enough to step into our collective uplift with courage.
Think about it. You’re a Native Black American and you’ve just pulled yourself up in the world and made yourself a ton of money. Knowing the social hierarchy and the history of racism in the country, who do you trust? Where do you save your money? Do you save it with Wells Fargo or Chase bank, those institutions who bankrolled slavery? Now that Johnny Cochran is gone, which law firm do you trust your life with? How do you leverage individualism in a racist landscape? Healthcare is no different. We are dying because of a racist healthcare system, not because it’s inadequate, but because as individuals we can’t defend ourselves from racism. Name and consider the amount of Black celebrities who’ve complained that they’ve almost died giving birth? Don’t let liberals or conservatives fool you – everyone else is working as a collective and it’s time that we stop getting rolled.

Rebuilding our family and extended family structures and working as a collective must be a priority on ADOS’ journey for restorative justice in the form of reparations for 400 years of sanctioned and legalized abuse.