Some History, The Outrage, The Pain and Some Solutions
Being no expert in economics, one can always rely on raw, inherent understanding of "Revolutionary Fairness" as a guiding principle.
Knowing who should inherit the earth, and staying mindful of who suffers while others pillage and ravage is what guides choices of materials you will find at this gallery panel (and throughout this site).
In fact, viewing economics through this prism - exposing facts that are deliberately omitted from the economic historical record may be the most skilled, accomplish approach to the subject matter which is perhaps (one reason) why your host at this site failed econ so many times.
Learning lies and distortions born from schemes that pass for proper education, and that imply the world is flat was never an intellectually rewarding or stimulating proposition.
Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation
"Aid is often a poisoned chalice that comes with demands that markets be opened to Western economic interests."
Corruption as a Consequence of Colonialism: As Portrayed in Achebe's The African Trilogy
"Colonialism, quite apart from tearing apart a culture which was truly democratic, had created a new set of attitudes towards material wealth, and for the Igbo people and their neighbours it had created a situation from which there was no turning back."
(There are some gruesome pictures of the deceased included in this documentary depicting the burning down of Greenwood, and the mass murder of many of its beautiful people which occurred less than 100 years ago.
Black Wall street was a prosperous, energetic Black community with homes and businesses abound.
This all in the name of White supremacy, jealousy, and putting an end to African progress).
"And the 'niggers' in these houses they would shout . . . "
Also find the "When Tulsa Burned" at this link, and look for more there later.
"Over 3,000 Black people were killed, buried in mass graves or thrown into the river; 503 houses were destroyed, and the once self-sufficient black business district no longer existed.
Many families seeking refuge bought one-way tickets out-of-town, leaving behind remnants of their history, their homes, and their community wealth." - Black Wallstreet, 1921
Natural Capital, Sustainable Economics
"Rarely has the planet concurrently experienced such peril. Policy profiteering from Tibet to Angola has ensured the commodification of every inch of "discovered" land."
(As is always the case at this site, weighty decisions are made about the merits of any given argument, vs. its setbacks.
There are occasional positions Dr. Anderson takes particularly on the matter of Latino-Latina folk that could be stated with more thoughtfulness and sensitivity.
Just as with our aim to appreciate the beauty of Hip Hop, we must be smart enough to hear the bitter with the sweet.
As one who was a big supporter of "African Town" - having read the proposal - the basic themes of PowerNomics are fair, intelligent and worthy of your our consideration and appreciation).
Also note, though that "Willie Lynch is Dead," and of course not only were many native folk and Africans friends and comrades, but it is critical to do battle against mass murder and domination no matter toward whom it is perpetrated.
(As all of these are reviewed in their entirety, there may need to be further clarification about the position of this site vs. that of the speaker, King Anderson).
Credit, Conspicuous Consumption and Crisis
"There is simply nothing in existing data to suggest that Black people's consumption is any more conspicuous, foolish, or short-sighted than anyone else's.
Even in the categories where Blacks outspend Whites in many instances they are simply paying more than Whites for the same goods and services rather than consuming more (transportation and food are primary examples)."
"Ezra will chronicle Muhammad Ali's capture of economic control of his boxing career from his all-white management team. He will also explore the responses to this decision by various black and white newspapers and investigate how Ali's Vietnam draft resistance affected the business elements of his boxing career."
Black Star Line: A Case Study in Black Politics and Economics
"As a result, the UNIA sold Black Star shares to African descendants living in United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Africa. These stock sales raised about $750,000 to finance the shipping line which was to carry cargo and passengers between the Americas, the Caribbean and West Africa."
Find more on Marcus Garvey's incredible "Black Star Line" here
Voices From The Time of Slavery
"Never bought so much as a shirt on time"
Three Audio Essays From Mumia Abu Jamal on The Economy
Silent Riot on Wall Street
"The company segregated residents by race and by rank, which determined the size and location of houses. Community high schools prepared steelworkers’ sons for jobs at the mill, reserving training in skilled jobs for whites. "
"The military-industrial complex was developed during the Vietnam War. The armament industry and the military institutions became the central actors of the economy and of American culture, linking businesses, the media, politicians, and the military brass.
In this process, the prisons became an essential element of the national economy, and to an increasing degree, of internationalized economy.
And when one sees that politicians, businesses, the media all have an interest in the expansion of the punishment industry, we see a great similarity between the prison industrial complex and the military-industrial complex."
(Here find Part 6 of the documentary which discusses how Western enslavement of African peoples affected Black economic conditions from then to now. Note various footage of Detroit).
Visitors from "Stolen Land" at "Reparations For Barbaric Enslavement of African People" return at this link to pick up more resources on the extent to which a system of enslavement carries on to this day.
Visitors from Examining the Great in Great Britain return here.
"Black youths within this country have been left to die.
And that's a very strong statement but it's a statement that seems to be borne out through evidence about black youths who seem to be at the top of the list when it comes to our youngsters being killed."
"It'll be that third wave of the Hip Hop community that has to transcend this market driven hedonism and materialism and narcissism."
(And of course, I strongly contest Dr. West's notion of folk being "weak."
A strong and gallant people who are kicked in the knees are not weak - they have been assaulted, and are injured).
The Family of Sufferers
"Maroon general yesterday
commando mon capitan legendary
leitmotif of revolutionary artifice
stepped back from the fray, keen to
bosses dogging workers, defiant of
presidents imprisoning Africans and
bombing isles, fighting striving for
principles ethics liberation"
Almost No Black Economists at Highest Ranking Universities
"Professor Gregory Price of Jackson State University says that in his view the near total absence of blacks on the economics faculty at our nation's leading universities "reflects deliberate racial exclusion."
Alternative Economics - A Missing Component in the Black Community
"This article reiterates the importance of economic content in Africana Studies and proposes that even when economics is taught the focus is on poverty and theories about scarcity, competition, and discrimination without analyses of group economics, game theory, or alternative economic institutions.
African American Studies curricula do not provide students with the methodological tools to theorize and apply Black political economic analysis."
Obama's Bad Bank Plan Could Destroy His Promising Presidency
"The continuing slump leaves the budget deficit even larger than projected. State and local government keep cutting programs and laying off workers because the stimulus package is not large enough to make up for their revenue gap--and these cutbacks and layoffs contribute to deepening recession."
The Present Economic Crisis in World Capitalist System - and Prospects For the Left
"But, as we can now see with the benefit of hindsight, its hopes were to be shattered and its illusions cruelly exposed by the white minority colonial settlement in SA in 1910, by the outbreak of a vicious intra-imperialist war in 1914, and by the spectacular global capitalist crisis that began in 1929."
Black Working Class Institution Survives for 20 Years in Spite of Economic Downturn
"The African Village Survival Initiative includes collective survival programs such as a network of community gardens, solar paneling and rainwater purification that can be found throughout this country including Oakland, CA. AVSI also includes economic development institutions such as a commercial kitchen and recording studio that create real local sustainable community commerce, currently in St. Petersburg, Florida."
(I'm not sure how to analyze this monkey at the end, but we know that sometimes in order to produce such uniqueness, one may have to submit to some sillyness in the end).
A Dream Deferred
by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore
And then run?
Does it sink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over -
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
On Black Wallstreet, the dollar circulated 36 to 100 times, sometimes taking a whole year to leave the business district in North Tulsa.
Most of the trading was done hand-to-hand contributing to the wealth and intimacy of the community."
With that, in the matter of Black wealth, Jim Crow laws inadvertently forced Black people to be "dependent upon the products and services of black businesses."
Wealth was being generated hand over fist. Imagine if Black Wall Street and many other terrorized Black business districts across the country had been left to flourish.
- quotes from Michelle N. Jackson in "Riot Destroys Most Affluent Black Community"
"And I guess what I would say is that we can't think narrowly about movements for black liberation and we can't necessarily see this class division as simply a product or a certain strategy that black movements have developed for liberation.
But rather we have to look at the structural changes that have also accompanied the gains of the civil rights movement.
We have to look at for example the increasing globalization of capital, the whole system of transitional capitalism now which has had an impact on black populations - that has for example eradicated large numbers of jobs that black people traditionally have been able to count upon and created communities where the tax base is lost now as a result of corporations moving to the third world in order to discover cheap labor."
- Angela Y. Davis, 1998, Interview with PBS.
"So consequently the black community is devoid of any kind of democratic process. We're under the dictatorship of the black bourgeoisie as it has never been before.
And so they have federal money now to fund their political machine and keep any new people from moving, any new ideas from moving, and they're not any more concerned with the poorer black people than the rich white politicians are concerned with poor white people."
- Eldridge Cleaver
"Time will make us change, nothing stays the same . . . .
A fool gets stung, hides his heart, and plays the game."
"We tell the children, we want you to be successful . . . how impoverished a notion . . . . I claim solidarity with those who are catchin' hell." - Cornel West
"There is nothing with which poverty coincides so absolutely as with the colour black – small or large population, hot or cold climates, rich or poor in natural resources – poverty cuts across all of these factors in order to find black people." - Nana Walter Rodney, 'Groundings With My Brothers'
It is a peculiar thing that we continue to speak of the enslavement of Africans in past tense.
There is not a shred of evidence that it ended in a literal sense - only that African people persevered and survived in spite of it.
Closeup is of a Guinea note - ironically from a blog that will remain nameless that referenced it as "worthless money."
There could be no more valuable currency than that with pretty Black faces emblazoned across it. But, also the power and energy that could be generated by indigenous peoples seeing images of themselves on their currency is beyond our comprehension.
So, we have an obligation to reject societal measures of prosperity, and vigorously oppose perpetual attempts to redirect our collective mind's eye away from all that is precious, luxurious, significant, and-or valuable.
Thumbnail is an image of gold nuggets similar to those mined by the 40,000 people who died in African gold mines between 1903 and 1973.
Today, thousands of African children work in dangerous gold mines across three African countries. Even the AP describes these mines as mere holes in the ground - and between those and other mines in S. America and Asia a fifth of the world's gold is produced. The mines are widely known to be death traps.
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