As part of the continued effort to find resolution for some of the problems plaguing Black Americans here in the U.S. I am asking that we take a serious strategic look at what I call P.L.E.E.S as a means for us as a group of people to start becoming more dependent on our own abilities as a group and less dependent on those that have never shown a vested interest in our well being or empowerment. P.L.E.E.S. stands for:
Politics, Land, Economics, Education, Spirituality.
In a previous Blog I talked about the importance of us Black Americans having our own Political Party, a party that is ours and one that represents our interest as a group of people. And now I want to discuss the importance of LAND and how it is something that we need to take a serious look at obtaining. We also need to face some hard truths about land. One of the truths is that we can go back to Africa or Akebulan as it is rightfully called. The truth is that many Black Americans have no direct affinity to Africa and many feel disconnected and isolated from the continent. As one gentleman recently stated to me. “Can’t go back to a place you’ve never been.” And would we be accepted? Obviously there are certain countries on the continent that have opened their doors for Black Americans, but are they willing to extend land ownership as well. Some Black Americans may feel a since of entitlement just by being black, but the citizens of those African countries may not see it like that. So that’s one truth that we must look at. the second truth is that Black Americans own little to no land here in the U.S. So for all the talk about ‘we don’t need to go anywhere, this is just as much our land as it is anyone else’s,’ the hard truth is that we don’t own land. We rent, we live on, we even lease, but we don’t own enough to even make that argument valid. If this is really home, since we know that some of our ancestors were here eons before the coming of Columbus and his wickedness, then where is our fair share of land to prove it?
What makes land so important anyway? Well the fact that it seems every nation has land except us, Black Americans. Land ownership is imperative to growth and prosperity. You can make rules, laws, by-laws, regulations on your land, you can’t necessarily do that on land that you live on, rent on, lease on. You can grow crops on your land, food without pesticides and GMO’s. Simply owning rather than being a renter puts you in a whole different league. If the land mass is large enough for a nice, sizable group of people then you can set up political structure, how it’s going to be governed, what school curriculum is going to be, how policing policies will be implemented. As opposed to living on land that you don’t own, then policies get implemented on us because again, we are not owners.
Land is also important because it provides valuable resources depending on what it is you want to do on your land. You can build things, grow things, dig and potentially find things. And then when it’s passed down to the next generation it holds so much value. It is simply hard to be a nation, a cohesive, unified nation, with no land to call our own.
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