A Black History Life!
by Miguel A. Wilder
A Black History Life!
All through the month of February, year after year, every time I turn on the tv. set, radio, and even since I have been online, I'm bombarded with information, pertaining to "Black History Month"
Every year it's the same thing.
Celebrate your heritage...learn about your culture...find out where your roots are...and so on, and so on.
Hey Ya'll...it's time for Black "His"-Story month. Like we are supposed to, all of a sudden, remember we are black, be proud of it.
We get 28 days, 29 if we're good, to rejoice in our blackness.
Thank you Mas'sa...thank you.
For all the blood, the sweat, and tears, we shed for the betterment of the country, for the world, hell...the universe, we get the shortest month of the year to be recognized.
The saddest thing out of all of this is, that it is us (BLACK FOLK) that are buying right into the hype.
We run right out, and buy a bunch of "African" garb, have "African" theme parties, and visit a bunch of "African" events, just so we can say we did our part.
28 days of the most positive, soul, brotherly, and sisterly love anyone has ever seen.
Don't get me wrong, these are all wonderful things.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 337 DAYS?
We go around from March to January, fearing, killing, lying, cheating, and playa hatin' each other, but come Feb. 1st it's, let the love begin.
And now there is some sort of black out day, where we are supposed to go one day (May 20th) without buying anything, to show the power of the "Black Dollar."
A large percentage of the money spent on a day to day bases, are from blacks, and an even larger percentage during the holiday season. If blacks were to take one day out not to shop, it would make a large dent in the economy of "Corporate America".
Instead of just one day, why not support our black owned businesses all year 'round?, and take control of the economy.
During segregation, we were separate, but equal. We couldn't use, belong, or participate in anything white, but at least we had our own. That insured us to put our money, back into our own economy, businesses, and communities.
What good is it gong to do for me to buy anywhere I wish 364 days of the year, but come Black Out Day, (May 20th) I'm supposed to buy nothing, or buy just from my own people?
What a joke!
All that will do is make the white owned businesses raise their prices to compensate for that one day of loss,
Yes it will make a great statement for unity, but if we can't do it on a day to day bases, what good does it do?
I don't understand, after all this time, why we haven't figured it out yet.
We determine the ultimate outcome of the economy. We can work together to change it for the better, for us first, and then the rest of the world.
We did it before, but we were blinded by the need to fit in, and be accepted, so we took the black dollar out of the black community, and took it downtown to the big city malls, where it has been ever since.
We went from slaves picking cotton, to working like slaves to buy it, from the strongest in mind, to the most controlled, from the power center of the planet, to the center peace for the powers that be.
We have been reduced to one month of celebration of the greatest nation, dynasty, country, and community there ever was "AKIBULAN" A.K.A "Africa".
I wrote this to say, "It's time for us to wake up." Black owned businesses should advertise as such. Blacks consumers should show more support. Not just companies, but movies, and events as well. All year 'round, not just in February.
We all know what the right thing to do is.
We all know that we should be doing better than we are as a people. You don't need me to tell you where to look for the truth.
I myself, refuse to live a Black "His"-Story month. I choose to live a Black History life.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING?"