Listen Siblings, I come in peace,
“If you don’t have the sense of responsibility to get registered, we’ll move you out of town.” — Malcolm X
Vote. Fannie Lou Hamer took a serious beating, by (imprisoned) African Men no less (see below), in order that you can vote. Medgar Evers died by assassination–organizing so that you can vote. And as you vote and as you organize, you will be powerful. The Trinity of Liberation is Politics, Economics and Culture. Only the African Blood Siblings empowers as a Political, Economical and Cultural Organization. Your Membership can make all the difference for African people. Today, as a people we give away our votes, our money and our culture; but you can make the difference where our votes bring us justice, our money makes us thrive and our culture brings us home. Some amongst us will make noise about African-led Political Parties; but in 2010, I joined several Africans in the United African Movement who attempted to create such a thing. It takes service, not lip-service–real sacrifice to get things done; some lost $30,000 dollars of their own money–I was twenty-one in 2010 and like other true advocates, I still haven’t recovered from my losses. Despite our efforts, 45,000 signatures from all parts of New York State, countless hours, travel, money, advertising, the Political Party did not receive the necessary votes. Political, Economical, Cultural Education and Organization was lacking. It’s service that will change our race’s fate–service. Marcus Garvey can not be repeated enough when he said, “You must not mistake lip-service and noise for bravery and service.” The African Blood Siblings Community Centers are your calling for service. Write us. Be Brave. For voter turnout in America hovers around 50%; organized, you will make a difference. Subscribe, share, love, VOTE.
Politics 101* for African People in America
By Onitaset Kumat
When you do not understand History, you do not understand Politics–Management. The first female self-made millionaire in America was Madame C. J. Walker. Born in 1867, she made a fortune through Black hair care products, including hair straightening. She made hair care affordable and safe. In 2004, sales in Black hair care products exceeded $1.7 billion without including synthetic and human hair sales. 80% of this market is controlled by Koreans. Why Koreans? Politics.
The Koreans do not even run a safe outfit. The chemicals in their products are causing serious health issues to African consumers. Yet because of Politics and our willing economic empowerment of the Koreans, we are pushed out of and kept from our own industry. It’s government which decides which nations can legally export hair to America and it’s government which decides what can be legally sold to the public. The Koreans used Politics to limit the hair exports into America and legalize their immoral commerce.
Other concerns as well follow from Political Mis-Education. Today, the Prison system is brimming with African people. Partly because African people rarely gain sufficient legal education to navigate the Criminal Justice system that’s always been biased against us. A resistance could be a state-sponsored program designed by African lawyers to teach legal education to African people. Instead the Police, knowing Legal Ignorance, illegally restrain African people, or worse legally incite responses which cause casualties and imprisonment where it could have been avoided. African people with legal knowledge have escaped arrests despite the number of officers confronting them. Meanwhile, at courthouses, our mis-educated youth plead guilty to felonies, volunteering for disenfranchisement and imprisonment.
There’s no doubt that Government can empower its participants. Multi-billionaire Bloomberg, whose polices as Mayor of New York City are examples of mass imprisonment, harassment and mis-education of his significant African constituency, increased his wealth through Government despite a $1 salary. Yet it’s very assured that Government does not empower its non-participants. As Frederick Douglass put it, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will.” As it were, we African people neglect to make demands, neglect to command leverage, and neglect to exercise in our interests. While Government can empower, it’s non-participants are disempowered, as it’s contending races are empowered to disempower those who abstain from Government.
A Case-In-Point for the Power of Politics goes to the European Jews (a smaller population in America than Africans.) Despite, for instance, being biologically unrelated to the Historical Jews of the Bible (who aren’t us either), the European Jew has convinced the Government and Africans in America to the contrary, where the former produces Pro-Zionist policies and the latter claims sympathies linked with the Bible and a fabricated enslavement by Egyptians; for instance, Ancient Pyramids were not built by slaves but Master Craftspeople. Moreover, the European Jews through Political Power gain national and local holidays, get huge grants from government, have their products, services and stores government-approved and can teach our children the misdeeds in Germany practiced against them in Germany while the earlier, harsher misdeeds of Germany practiced against us in Namibia remains obscure and untaught.
Theirs is a clear example of what Politics can do. Though not because of race bias, but Economics. Our Ancient Ancestors wrote “When the governing class isn’t chosen for quality it is chosen for material wealth: this always means decadence, the lowest stage a society can reach.” We inherently abhor the decadence. Yet this passage from Malcolm X’s Autobiography speaks to where the European Jew’s Economics come from:
I was seeing in real life the same point made in a joke that during the 1964 Presidential campaign Jet magazine reported that Senator Barry Goldwater had told somewhere. It was that a white man, a Negro, and a Jew were given one wish each. The white man asked for securities; the Negro asked for a lot of money; the Jew asked for some imitation jewelry “and that colored boy’s address.”
Whereas our disposable income goes to beautification (imitation hair, jewelery, vehicles, fashion), which is rightly a worthy pursuit, the reality that “Quality” is necessarily race-specific [therefore impossible for a multi-racial government] and the government is malleable makes our lack of economic self-empowerment amongst our worst enemies, as our enthused empowerment of other races further disempowers our economic potential.
As usual, the solution to our race is Organization. But this is under-recognized. As Dr. King put it in criticism, “We fail to give to serious causes and organizations.” The only serious Organization of today is the African Blood Siblings. Unlike other Organizations, we have articulated on the Trinity of Liberation: Politics, Economics and Culture. As such, we are uniquely a Political, Economical and Cultural Organization, empowering us as each.
From this standpoint, and understanding that the majority of African people in America live in a handful of cities, Politically Organized, African people can control, at least, their city Police, their city laws, their city jurisprudence and their city budgets, creating safe havens for African people at home and abroad, all at the minimal cost of regular membership in the African Blood Siblings and/or donations.
For as effective Law Makers, African people can make a difference. The 2013 City Budget for New York City was approved with little noise. New York City’s $71 billion budget was authored by Bloomberg and approved with minimal changes by the 51-member City Council despite the large African presence. These Africans Councilmembers together received less than $100 million, though each should have taken over $10 billion to his or her respective district. These are ineffective Law Makers. One can almost sympathize because James Davis, an African Councilman, was assassinated in City Hall in 2003. But these Africans are not sent to City Council to cower and extend the tenure of an abusive Mayor (elected in 2001); they are sent there to represent us and return our collective contributions to government for our collective development. Yet due our lack of Political, Economical and Cultural Organizations and Education, this abuse has been ongoing.
We can contrast the ineffective Council Members to the African Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. began his Congressional career in 1944, when apprehensive Europeans sought to run a European Lawyer against him on the Republican ticket. To avoid this conflict, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. ran for the Republican and Democratic Primaries, winning both, as well as a third-party designation, causing him to run unopposed in the 1944 General Elections (an organized African people can repeat this feat.) Despite the small amount of African Congresspeople, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. went down in history as the most prolific Law Maker in America, using Political Leveraging to get his many Bills passed. What’s more, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. added “The Powell Amendment” to many Laws. “The Powell Amendment” prohibited Federally Funded Institutions from receiving funds if they practiced racial discrimination. In addition, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was a legislative force in making Lynching a Federal Crime, in challenging Black Disenfranchisement and promoting desegregation.**
Comparably African Council Members hardly Write Laws–they only Vote on them, oftentimes without Political Leveraging and thus without Political Victories. Only Political Organization can promote African Law Makers, as opposed to Law Voters, into Government; and Economical and Cultural Organizations need to assure that Law Maker can be elected and re-elected, as well as beneficial to African people in his or her Law Making. When we think of how much is to gain from Organizing, it’s little wonder why it’s irregular to hear of the merits of Organization in the Mainstream Media.
Fannie Lou Hamer had sacrificed that we can control our own Politics. In her Testimony we see the importance of voting. Let her sacrifice not be in vain. Vote. But understand that Organizing with the African Blood Siblings empowers your vote. You can listen to our Ancestor Fannie Lou Hamer’s Testimony here: http://publicradio.org/tools/media/player/americanradioworks/features/sayitplain/flhamer
Or read below:
Mr. Chairman, and to the Credentials Committee, my name is Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and I live at 626 East Lafayette Street, Ruleville, Mississippi, Sunflower County, the home of Senator James O. Eastland, and Senator Stennis.
It was the 31st of August in 1962 that eighteen of us traveled twenty-six miles to the county courthouse in Indianola to try to register to become first-class citizens.
We was met in Indianola by policemen, Highway Patrolmen, and they only allowed two of us in to take the literacy test at the time. After we had taken this test and started back to Ruleville, we was held up by the City Police and the State Highway Patrolmen and carried back to Indianola where the bus driver was charged that day with driving a bus the wrong color.
After we paid the fine among us, we continued on to Ruleville, and Reverend Jeff Sunny carried me four miles in the rural area where I had worked as a timekeeper and sharecropper for eighteen years. I was met there by my children, who told me that the plantation owner was angry because I had gone down to try to register.
After they told me, my husband came, and said the plantation owner was raising Cain because I had tried to register. Before he quit talking the plantation owner came and said, “Fannie Lou, do you know – did Pap tell you what I said?”
And I said, “Yes, sir.”
He said, “Well I mean that.” He said, “If you don’t go down and withdraw your registration, you will have to leave.” Said, “Then if you go down and withdraw,” said, “you still might have to go because we are not ready for that in Mississippi.”
And I addressed him and told him and said, “I didn’t try to register for you. I tried to register for myself.”
I had to leave that same night.
On the 10th of September 1962, sixteen bullets was fired into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tucker for me. That same night two girls were shot in Ruleville, Mississippi. Also Mr. Joe McDonald’s house was shot in.
And June the 9th, 1963, I had attended a voter registration workshop; was returning back to Mississippi. Ten of us was traveling by the Continental Trailway bus. When we got to Winona, Mississippi, which is Montgomery County, four of the people got off to use the washroom, and two of the people – to use the restaurant – two of the people wanted to use the washroom.
The four people that had gone in to use the restaurant was ordered out. During this time I was on the bus. But when I looked through the window and saw they had rushed out I got off of the bus to see what had happened. And one of the ladies said, “It was a State Highway Patrolman and a Chief of Police ordered us out.”
I got back on the bus and one of the persons had used the washroom got back on the bus, too.
As soon as I was seated on the bus, I saw when they began to get the five people in a highway patrolman’s car. I stepped off of the bus to see what was happening and somebody screamed from the car that the five workers was in and said, “Get that one there.” When I went to get in the car, when the man told me I was under arrest, he kicked me.
I was carried to the county jail and put in the booking room. They left some of the people in the booking room and began to place us in cells. I was placed in a cell with a young woman called Miss Ivesta Simpson. After I was placed in the cell I began to hear sounds of licks and screams, I could hear the sounds of licks and horrible screams. And I could hear somebody say, “Can you say, ‘yes, sir,’ nigger? Can you say ‘yes, sir’?”
And they would say other horrible names.
She would say, “Yes, I can say ‘yes, sir.'”
“So, well, say it.”
She said, “I don’t know you well enough.”
They beat her, I don’t know how long. And after a while she began to pray, and asked God to have mercy on those people.
And it wasn’t too long before three white men came to my cell. One of these men was a State Highway Patrolman and he asked me where I was from. I told him Ruleville and he said, “We are going to check this.”
They left my cell and it wasn’t too long before they came back. He said, “You are from Ruleville all right,” and he used a curse word. And he said, “We are going to make you wish you was dead.”
I was carried out of that cell into another cell where they had two Negro prisoners. The State Highway Patrolmen ordered the first Negro to take the blackjack.
The first Negro prisoner ordered me, by orders from the State Highway Patrolman, for me to lay down on a bunk bed on my face.
I laid on my face and the first Negro began to beat. I was beat by the first Negro until he was exhausted. I was holding my hands behind me at that time on my left side, because I suffered from polio when I was six years old.
After the first Negro had beat until he was exhausted, the State Highway Patrolman ordered the second Negro to take the blackjack.
The second Negro began to beat and I began to work my feet, and the State Highway Patrolman ordered the first Negro who had beat me to sit on my feet – to keep me from working my feet. I began to scream and one white man got up and began to beat me in my head and tell me to hush.
One white man – my dress had worked up high – he walked over and pulled my dress – I pulled my dress down and he pulled my dress back up.
I was in jail when Medgar Evers was murdered.
All of this is on account of we want to register, to become first-class citizens. And if the Freedom Democratic Party is not seated now, I question America. Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings, in America?
Vote. For more Information —
— on Fannie Lou Hamer:
— on Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
— on the African Blood Siblings
*In many University Systems, courses are labeled by the Department, a Number and a Description. These numbers are mostly three digit, ranging from 101 to 999. The “101” (or even “110”) on something then is the Introductory Course in that subject. These are oftentimes prerequisites for higher courses.
**”Segregation” is not the opposite of “Integration,” “Separation” differing from “Segregation” is. “Segregation” is a system of dependency, where one group depends on another for separate facilities. “Integration” is also a system of dependency, where one group depends on another for the same facilities. “Separation,” alternatively, is a system of independence, where a group independently creates and maintains its own separate facilities. The African Blood Siblings is Ideologically Separatist.