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The Future of Black America

The Future of Black America

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X

The year is 2016 and for a lot of us, it has been a roller coaster ride of epic proportions.

Freedom and justice for all, still is an afterthought for people of color, as we not only continue to fight our oppressors but each other as well. There will be no Martin or Malcolm, no Garvey or Tubman. The foundation, which is laid out before us, was supposed to launch us into the highest of heights but yet we still relive the dredges of the past.

So what will become of Black America in the future?

On one hand I see us coming together in commerce reinvigorating the black dollar and finally letting go the ideologies that divide us. There will be no who is right, or who is wrong, but a common understanding that we have been misled and marginalized by poor teaching. Building pristine communities, educational facilities, hospitals, banks, and all things essential to survive.

On the other hand I see more divide, more finger pointing, more ideologies, more victimizing, and more shame. Tearing each other down piece by piece, further dividing our houses and communities, which barely stand today.

Black America must decide if it is ready to take the next step today if it wants to build a better tomorrow. We must decide whether or not our god's are more important than the earth's inhabitants. We must learn to sacrifice as a collective if we want our businesses to grow and our growing businesses must prepare not to sell themselves to the highest bidder. We must realize that voting at the lowest levels is just as important as the highest ones. We must learn that every opportunity taken to speak is a missed opportunity to listen. If the future of Black America depends on us we must deprogram ourselves from the need to constantly be entertained. We must deprogram ourselves and break free from mental servitude.

The blueprint for our survival has already been set; it's just about time to heed its instructions.

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