”Unless we start to fight and defeat the enemies in our own country, poverty and racism, and make our talk of equality and opportunity ring true, we are exposed in the eyes of the world as hypocrites when we talk about making people free.” – Shirley Chisholm
"Shirley Anita Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author who is best known for becoming the first African-American congresswoman in 1968. Chisholm represented the New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms." (https://everydaypower.com/shirley-chisholm-quotes/)
It is #BlackHistoryMonth and to celebrate we need to uplift the voices of Black people. There are a lot of great Black Civil Rights activists who've said amazing things that bring to light the sheer inequality that confronts Black people today. We must always remember our history or we are doomed to repeat it or just never learn from it.
The truth of the matter is that Black poverty was a policy choice. The Homestead Act of 1862 benefitted over 1.5 million white families establishing the huge wealth gap between white families and Black families. Moreover, any land that was available to freed Black people were in the South and usually unfarmable. Additionally, most freed Blacks did not have money to pay for filing fees or the ability or understanding to deal with the government bureaucracy. From the start, Black families were set up to fail. No reparations were ever paid to enslaved people even though Lincoln had promised. Unfortunately, it was white families that benefitted from Reconstruction.
Then we fast forward to the red-lining of Black neighborhoods, so even if they did own property their homes were not worth as much as white families' homes that were a block away. Furthermore, when Black communities did find ways to become successful and thrive, white community members -- out of jealousy and white pride -- murdered Black people and burned down homes and businesses such as the Tulsa Race Riots and many other Black communities across American history.
Don't believe the garbage white people try to sell us about if Black people worked harder or fixed their communities. When policies have been put in place to ensure the poverty and oppression of Black families and Black communities. Until we confront our past we will never have freedom. We will never have liberation. We will never have unity.
More than anything white Americans should be ashamed of their own racist and bloody history not glorify it!
Historical Trauma Ends with us! Change starts with us!
#BlackLivesMatter #BLM #ShirleyChisholm #BlackVoices #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryIsAmericanHistory #JusticeEquity #MovementMondays #VoteVangie #QuoteMonday #BeTheChange #Progressive #ProgressiveMovement #BIPoCProgressiveMovement #WearAMask #NoUnityWithoutAccountability
References: Homestead Act of 1862 https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/homestead-act
Land and Roots of African American Poverty https://aeon.co/ideas/land-and-the-roots-of-african-american-poverty
What Happened 99 Years ago in the Tulsa Race Riots https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/what-happened-99-years-ago-in-the-tulsa-race-massacre
A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America