Marcus Garvey’s passage on private real estate

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“The problem with Europeans and Asians is Europeans and Asians; the solution for Africans is Africans!” — Onitaset Kumat

You don’t own your house if you’re an African in America. That’s a safe bet. There’s a systemic reason for not allowing us to own houses and it’s been going on since before Garvey’s days. Below is a quotation from him. Consider that we don’t own our homes but we can run Community Centers, namely African Blood Siblings Community Centers. Write the ABS to see how.

A passage on private real estate
As written by Marcus Garvey

In the purchase of private houses the real estate brokers and agents are even more merciless in their exploitation of the race. By finding out the individuals in the community who might have a thousand dollars or two saved, the brokers, directly or through their agents, would influence such persons to invest in a home, either by purchasing waste lands in some adjoining State or out-of-the-way places or a house in their immediate neighborhood. They influence the purchasers to pay up nearly all the money they have in hand, and six months, a year or two after they conspire to foreclose on the property or by well-devised tricks get the purchasers so disgusted that they themselves give up the properties, that generally fall back into the hands of the brokers or their clique. The race is similarly robbed in the part-time payment on expensive furniture they are induced to buy through confidence men. A careful study of the situation from 1914 to the present time would reveal an alarming state of affairs. I have only stated these facts to open the eyes of the people and to show you from what source my enemies within the race come. These tricks are common, and no organization, church or community is free from them. I make no exception of the great Universal Negro Improvement Association. To work reform in such an atmosphere challenges the divinity of a Christ and not the frail and weak patience of a mortal. I have made my little sacrifice in creating the sentiment for reform; let others now take up the work and carry on while I remain confined.

-Marcus Garvey in “Philosophies and Opinions of Marcus Garvey”

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