The Bombing of Little Africa


Black Wall Street: The True Story

Kushite Prince:

I’ve always believed that black folks need to do for self. We need to have our own schools, businesses and black banking system independent of whites. We really don’t need white folks, we can survive on our own.

When I learned of Black Wall Street, I wept openly. I cried for my people who had defied all odds and succeeded. I cried for that baby who was separated from his parents never to be found in the fire. I cried for the ransacked homes and the mass killings on the streets of Greenwood. I cried for the women who watched their men be lynched and burned. I cried for the little boys who watched their mothers get raped while the white racists laughed and taunted him. And I bawled because once…in this lifetime, blacks were millionaires. Respectable, wealthy Africans who owned businesses…

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2 thoughts on “The Bombing of Little Africa

  1. The destruction of Black communities and whole sale slaughter of it’s Black inhabitants was a common occurence during this period. We see this with “Rosewood”, “E. St. Louis”, “Chicago” and many more. These are all documented under the “Black Holocaust” on the internet.
    Many White ethnic groups are fund of talking about how they pulled themselves up by their boot straps, so why can’t Blacks. These facts of American history need to be presented to them. This is another reason why knowing one’s history is extremely important. But Whites will always use history to try and prove Black inferiority. They know the importance of the historical records. When will African-Americans understand the utter importance of it?

    1. The Majority Press Centennial Edition has a Preface by Tony Martin. Here’s an excerpt:
      — Begin Quote —
      “In death, as in life, the story of Marcus Garvey and The Philosophies and Opinions continued to reflect the generality of Black history in microcosm. The movement declined and the volumes went out of print. The man and his writings remained alive in the memories of many humble folk. For long dreary years, Mrs. Amy Jacques Garvey stood almost alone against the near successful attempt in the halls of academia and in the larger society generally, to consign Garvey’s memory to oblivion. She desired to reprint the volumes but could not afford to do so. At least two small concerns essayed limited editions, but in quantities insufficient to have significant impact. Established publishers refused Mrs. Garvey’s requests to reissue the work. Then came the Black Power revolution and with it the unseemly haste of mainstream publishing houses to capitalize on the new found interest in things Black. By the late 1960’s, three of the more substantial houses had competing editions in print.

      Whether in or out of print, The Philosophies and Opinions has exercised an enduring fascination on large numbers of people. A 1934 advertisement called it “The textbook of Negro inspiration.””
      — End Quote —

      The book was first published in 1923 and 1925. For around forty years, Marcus Garvey himself was largely forgotten. In fact, it may be that today he’s forgotten by most of our people; the newer generation especially [Add to that list one of his protege’s “Carlos A. Cooks” and one of his predecessors “Henrietta Vinton Davis.” I wrote in the Collected Quotations: “There is no collective memory where there is no collective effort.” This is sufficient Wisdom for moving forward.

      Mrs. Garvey’s hardships after Marcus’ death are worth noting. But one thinks of the good nature of Mrs. Maddox and her present hardships. However, the records of Alton are largely unwritten by Black hands–that’s why a TV Drama on his court record can feature a White actor as his part and the response is minimal. Du Bois ironically said what the tragedy of the ages were: In short, We do not know one another. I’d repeat it as–we do not put an effort to remember one another.

      For, why is Du Bois more popular than Garvey today? Because our Zeitgeist remains controlled by Whites. This is our tragedy.

      It makes one think. Malcolm X’s parents were Garveyites. And though he was aware, he descended into a life of inane money-chasing and criminal ploys with White female accomplices, what does that tell us of what we must do next.

      We need to gather our intelligence and share it. We need to centralize our global African Community. We need to become active with our own memory. Lest we will suffer again, and again, and again, and again.

      We need to ask ourselves, what if White folks stopped telling us about Harriet Tubman? What instruments do we have in place that will ensure her memory continues? What next must we create?

      An apparent trick of Whites’ was to convince against a Parent’s activity in community education. Our struggle is to create a foundation to reverse the trick.

      Thanks for sharing Sister–keep sharing!

      Collected Quotations:

      Du Bois’ Tragedy of Ages:

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