Should the Black community work with other races and non Black organizations to help our conditions?
There are three news articles and issues that have been brought to my attention that prompted me to “speak” on this:
1. Kid Rock
3. The NAACP
Let me do the knowledge on these three topics and build it all together so you can see what I am talking about.
Situation: The NAACP wants to Honor Kid Rock at its 2011 Freedom Fund dinner in Detroit. The NAACP said in a statement; “Kid Rock is someone who is committed to Detroit and the future success of our city, and that is why we have chosen to honor him with our Great Expectations Award.”
Problem: First off, how is celebrating this red-neck achieving the principal objective of the NAACP (which is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice?) Secondly, they want to honor a man who says that the Confederate flag “just looks cool” and also admits “I’ve never had an issue with it…”?? Kid Rock routinely flys the flag on stage during his performances. Third, you mean to tell me that the Detroit NAACP under Reverend Dr. Wendell Anthony couldn’t find a SINGLE STAND-UP BLACK MAN IN THE CITY OR STATE THAT IS WORTHY OF THEIR “GREAT EXPECTATIONS AWARDS”?!
Situation: Jews in Pittsburgh have a problem with Louis Farrakhan attending a town hall meeting to discuss issues impacting the Black community. Nationally syndicated radio host Bev Smith organized the symposium to promote prosperity and wellness in Pittsburgh’s African-American neighborhoods with Rev. Louis Farrakhan as the main speaker
The Jewish Chronicle guest columnist Jeffrey Finkelstein wrote;
At the first event of the series, she said: “This is the first time in radio that there has been a town hall meeting centering on us. Why are we in this mess we are in? What have we done to contribute to it? We have to take responsibility. We don’t need to worry about the Klan anymore. We have us killing us.”
This is a noble effort. But Ms. Smith defeats her own purpose in turning to Minister Farrakhan, who, in classic anti-Semitic fashion, tries to blame Jews for many of the African-American community’s challenges.
Both nationally and locally, Blacks and Jews have enjoyed a high degree of empathy with each other, based in large part on our shared histories of slavery and on our shared status as minorities.
Problem: First off, JEWS ARE NOT A RACE, THEY ARE A RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. THEIR RACE IS WHITE!
So get that “shared status as minorities” crap outta here! White people always trying to insert themselves into the business of Original people. News Flash: Thats why the world is screwed up today, and thats why we Blacks in America are stranded in this country with no knowledge of our origins! Lastly, I dont care if Louis Farrakhan is anti-whoever as long as he is PRO BLACK! We dont need outsiders permission to speak to Farrakan in a town hall meeting. ITS NONE OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY’S BUSINESS WHO THE HELL WE TALK TO ABOUT OUR ISSUES.
Bev Smith then appropriately responded;
This town hall meeting, is not about the Jewish community, Egypt, the current problems in Afghanistan or anything else, except, its sole purpose is to discuss the state of the black community in 2011.
I resent those outside forces that are trying to hijack this town hall meeting by making their concerns the center of our discussion. This is not a meeting to discuss anti-Semitism. Their suggestion for us to not have Minister Farrakhan at the table for this important discussion,reminds me of what white slave owners use to do to their black slaves, and that is to tell the slaves how to meet, what to talk about and who to talk to.
I am offended by those outside forces contacting me to suggest I cancel my guest, notably, Minister Farrakhan because of issues they may have with him.
Again I am setting the record straight, Minister Farrakhan is coming to town along with some of our other distinguished guests to focus solely on how we can rebuild and unite the African American community.
I feel strongly that no one can dictate to the African American community who they can have as a guest around my black family table. -The Bev Smith Show.
So why would the Jewish Chronicle feel the need to express any kind of outrage over this issue? BECAUSE THEY FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED THE MEETING!
…By the way, did you know that Martin Luther King JR was considered an anti-Semite? Would the Jews have a problem with us showing video clips of him during our meeting? …
Situation and Problem: The NAACP was founded by Jews (Henry Moskowitz, Oswald Garrison Villard, and William English Walling) with Jewish money, not by Blacks. Therefore, are we surprised that the organization is honoring Kid Rock? Are we surprised that Jews think they can tell us how to handle ours and do for ourselves? Are we surprised that nasty, bi-sexual, hoe-ish Nikki Minaj is being nominated for NAACP Image Awards – like that’s the image we want our daughters to aspire towards?
“Whites can help us, but they can’t join us. There can be no black-white unity until there is first some black unity. There can be no workers’ solidarity until there is first some racial solidarity. We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves. One can’t unite bananas with scattered leaves.” –Malcolm X
We need to think about the psychological effect that seeing a WHITE MAN on stage receiving an NAACP award has on Blacks in that area. We need to think about the operational effect that having white investors, donors, and “supporters” in our midst. And we damn sure need to think about the overall effect that having a white establishment talking about the advancement of “colored” people! This is what happens when we try to put cooperation with other races over cooperation with ourselves.
Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association was a BLACK OWNED, BLACK OPERATED, BLACK ORIENTED organization. The Nation of Islam during its founding years under Malcolm X was a BLACK OWNED, BLACK OPERATED, BLACK ORIENTED organization. Whites could watch, but couldnt participate.
With all that being said, I asked the question earlier ‘Should the Black community work with other races and non Black organizations to help our conditions?’
The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! WE MUST SUPPORT OUR OWN ENDEAVORS, WITHOUT THE INTERFERENCE OF OTHER RACES AND RACIAL GROUPS. Once Blacks can work together, organize, and support our own enterprises, then we can think about joining forces with the Jews, Latinos, Whites, etc. But if we cant love each other, work with each other, build with each other, or support each other, then we are dead in the water. No amount of extra-racial solidarity can help us!
Let me leave you with excerpts from Malcolm X’s Message to the Grassroots
The number—one thing that was not allowed to attend the Bandung conference was the white man. He couldn’t come. Once they excluded the white man, they found that they could get together. Once they kept him out, everybody else fell right in and fell in line. This is the thing that you and I have to understand. And these people who came together didn’t have nuclear weapons; they didn’t have jet planes; they didn’t have all of the heavy armaments that the white man has. But they had unity.
Instead of us airing our differences in public, we have to realize we’re all the same family. And when you have a family squabble, you don’t get out on the sidewalk. If you do, everybody calls you uncouth, unrefined, uncivilized, savage. If you don’t make it at home, you settle it at home; you get in the closet —— argue it out behind closed doors. And then when you come out on the street, you pose a common front, a united front. And this is what we need to do in the community, and in the city, and in the state. We need to stop airing our differences in front of the white man. Put the white man out of our meetings, number one, and then sit down and talk shop with each other. [That’s] all you gotta do.