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   I know you all think I'm going to talk about slavery... No way... I want to talk about what happened between 1865 and 1965 and beyond. That period is when the die was cast on the growth potential of exslaves into money makers and money savers. The first major calamity "The Freedmans Bank" or as Spike would say the old BAMBOOZLE...  The Second and most greivious "THE BETRAYAL BY RUTHERFORD B. HAYES ENDING RECONSTRUCTION" pulling the troops out of South Carolina and Louisiana, effectively delivering the black man into a position worse than slavery.  The 3rd constriction "THE BLACK CODES" Jim Crowe laws set against newly freed blacks originating in the south, but following the black man to wherever he travelled in America to control his ability to prosper. The 4th, Tenant farming system where no matter the size of the crop the White plantation owners took advantage of the negroes undeveloped skill of reading and writing and calculating to perpetuate poverty and pseudo slave labor. All of which occurred before the turn of the century.....

    After the turn of the century this mistreatment of Blacks had been engrained in the very fabric of the Country. All over the United States white indignation against the black man had taken root and was practiced in every level of social strata  from politics, banking, farming, and industry. The Great Migration of blacks from the south to the north, east and west that was a chance to escape one set of bad circumstances just to a new set of the same. Pools of poorly educated blacks arrived in their new streets of hope in large industrial cities were faced with housing and job discrimination the remnants seen today in the city of Chicago , Detroit , Cleveland  and many other cities.

   Unlike the other new immigrants  to America like the Irish, Italian, Polish Dutch and Germans , The Black exslave from Africa had no common language tradition or educational system from which to assimilate and transfer knowledge. When looking at  the sorry conditions of which black Americans were living their lives it is any wonder why they didn't just leave and go back to Africa... Oh but they did... Enter Marcus Garvey... Even though black leaders like Dubois were out in front of black issues and had standing as spokesman for black people, it was Garvey who taught black unity and self determination. Garvey preached unity as way to get the boot of the white power structure in America off the neck of the Exslaves who were languishing in the land of milk and honey.

    Marcus Garveys movement to industrialize the black community and eventually colonize parts of Africa with repatriated exslaves did not set well with the European and American based Corporate giants and Governments that had been pillaging mother Africa for her riches for centuries. Garvey was stopped and the moment was dismantled.Next up the Great Depression  or what  black people called just another day at the office...

  Blacks in the south were barely touched by the Great Depression they had eeked out a meager existence on the land so while the Blacks in the industrialized cities were effected. The great depression was a footnote in the misery index of the vast majority of the nations blacks that were still languishing in the south. BLACK WALLSTREET, this subject is worth mentioning due to its general use as a way to demonstrate WHITE HATE FOR THE EXSLAVES IN AMERICA. It also demonstrates the methods used against blacks to disassemble  any forward progress they made in the era.

 TULSA OKLAHOMA 1921, White race riot in the Greenwood section called black Wallstreet destroys black businesses in the most economically advanced community at the time. Along with Valdosta Georgia , East St. Louis Illinois , Chicago and Springfield Ohio, white intolerance  for black communities that were growing, these crimes blunted the spirits of those who had gained the knowledge and began to accumulate wealth. Events like this are documented in nearly every state in the union...

   THE WAR... A TIME TO CHANGE. Many black Americans benefited from  World War 2.
During the war the demand for labor was great and black men and women served  as soldiers and labor pool.  Ability to buy homes and be educated became a reality even though the Jim Crowe laws still ruled the south in social and economic advancement  the rest of the country seemed to be loosening the grip of the tightly held principals of white supremacy over black subjects.

1960's into 70's Civil rights, Free love, Vietnam war and Draft, Drug abuse, Federal Housing Program, ADC. America was changing quickly as blacks were joined by northern Whites in demanding equal rights for Blacks especially in the south. The draft for Vietnam brought thousands of young blacks into military service that would later allow them a chance for benefits and housing.

    Drug abuse was rising in black populated areas and began a downward spiral of many hopes and dreams of the waves of black immigrants who had come from the south in the "Great Migration". FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAM ... The beginning of official federal policy that by design removed the black man from his paternal obligations in homes in order to justify the receipt  of government assistance and food stamps.  ADC ... AID FOR DEPENDENT CHILDREN...

    The next federal program that shifted the responsibility of fatherhood especially in black communities to the State and Federal government a major cause of absentee fathers. These events and policies culminated into a perfect storm of poverty in the majority of the Black population rooted in the  great Cities...

1980's WAR OF DRUGS TURNS INTO A WAR ON DRUGS AND THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX...  Heroin, Marijuana a and cocaine  which was controlled by the Italian Mob in the big cities since the 1930's became a cottage industry within the black community as a form of enterprise that today claims the lives of young men involved in the trade and those caught in the crossfire. Crack cocaine which spilled out of the now and forever branded "Ghettos" into the white suburbs caused a "War on drugs" which effectively morphed into a war on young black men and their induction to the new "Prison Industrial Complex".

  Today after more than a century after the end of "Slavery of Blacks from Africa"  as a source of industry in the United States, the majority of Blacks are still living under the effect of the influence of the policies, behavior, ill will, and hate of their former masters. Yes there are Rich Black people in America ... Those who have made it in from all walks of life... The ones you hear about are entertainers and athletes. The following is an report on Black wealth from A Pittsburgh newspaper

Study finds median wealth for single black women at $5
March 9, 2010 12:00 am
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By Tim Grant / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Women of all races bring home less income and own fewer assets, on average, than men of the same race, but for single black women the disparities are so overwhelmingly great that even in their prime working years their median wealth amounts to only $5.
In a groundbreaking report released Monday by a leading economic research group, social scientists turned a spotlight on the grave financial challenges facing an often overlooked group of women, many of whom could not take an unpaid sick day or repair a major appliance without going into debt.

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Originally posted to Osmosis is best on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 05:39 PM PDT.

Also republished by History for Kossacks and RaceGender DiscrimiNATION.



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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    The thing about the truth.... It just "is".

    by Osmosis is best on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 05:39:04 PM PDT

  •  African Americans are unique... (5+ / 0-) this country - America wasn't their dream, it was their nightmare. Four-hundred years of slavery? The argument has been made that this country could never have become so rich without African American labor and expertise.  

    Wealth builds on wealth - if your grandparents weren't able to purchase a home in an area that would go up wildly in price, then the likelihood is that you're living without family support.  If your parents, who went to college, weren't able to earn at the same level as others in their professions, then ....

    It's all logical and it's all totally unfair.  What to do?  If this country had the will there is a lot that could be done. Enterprise zones in inner cities, great school and great learning centers in cities, universal pre-school and affordable and quality day care.  It's all doable, with the will. We have the means, but we have some stingy rich people who worry about losing their privilege and who don't want their kids to have to compete with poor kids who got a great education.  

  •  This is a really important diary, thanks. (2+ / 0-)
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    OK, why are the blighted inner-city neighborhoods in this nation's metropolitan areas so often BLACK neighborhoods?

    Nobody who's shallowly informed, dares ask this question, for fear of being called "racist."

    But it's a question that needs asking, seriously.

    Tipped and rec'd.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 06:05:09 PM PDT

  •  Sooo...the FHA and AFDC caused Blacks to have (2+ / 0-)
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    lots of babies out of wedlock and to stay poor because the gubmint was going to take care of them?

    FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAM ... The beginning of official federal policy that by design removed the black man from his paternal obligations in homes in order to justify the receipt  of government assistance and food stamps.  ADC ... AID FOR DEPENDENT CHILDREN...

        The next federal program that shifted the responsibility of fatherhood especially in black communities to the State and Federal government a major cause of absentee fathers. These events and policies culminated into a perfect storm of poverty in the majority of the Black population rooted in the  great Cities...

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 07:08:00 PM PDT

    •  No more than it did for anyone else in that (0+ / 0-)


      From the people I've known, I think when a man can't provide for a family, there's nothing more destructive to a relationship.

      To America he's a loser, how'd you like to live with that 24/7? And to have the government step in, take over and officially designate you as such? It's a perfect design to grind someone down.

      Like Arrakis in 'Dune'.

      "The war on drugs followed by the war on terror has eliminated protections we have had since the Magna Carta." -Horace Boothroyd III

      by mookins on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 07:43:57 PM PDT

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    •  Although you seem to be mocking (1+ / 0-)
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      The real truth is there before you....  and to take it one stage further out of your comfort zone.... The American tradition of copying the patterns and lifestyle of black people as entertainment  has manifested into.. Yes ...... it is true your little white daughters are now practicing the same...

      The thing about the truth.... It just "is".

      by Osmosis is best on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 07:53:18 PM PDT

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      •  You didn't answer zenbassoon's question (0+ / 0-)

        Do you really  blame AFDC and FHA for causing single motherhood?

        •  I know of at least one case where (0+ / 0-)

          the WHITE COMMUNITY ended up having a rise in single motherhood due to that kind of 'father not in the home or disabled' requirement on aid.

          Coal bust. Some men left to find work and took families with them. Some left and sent money home.

          Then there were those who couldn't afford to leave or couldn't psychologically take leaving the area. Had to make there not be an able-bodied man in the house. Rash of divorces. Fathers who couldn't stand leaving the family had to find other ways to get around the rule - and did, and there are horror stories around here not being told beyond veiled references to how desperate "I'm hungry, Daddy" made some of those men.

          White Appalachian coal miners, not inner-city blacks.

          •  Cassandra as I was writing this the Appalachian (0+ / 0-)

            Population came to mind ... But this wasn't about them... The story of Black Americans and their plight is unique.

            The thing about the truth.... It just "is".

            by Osmosis is best on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 09:33:15 AM PDT

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            •  Doesn't mean that related issues with others (0+ / 0-)

              can't be used to point out that Yes, X Does Have That Effect On People In General.

              The constellation of things that lead into the current plight is unique, and the slavery history that fueled or was so many of those things is too.

              But one of the issues time and again has been the divide and conquer strategy whereby poor whites were made to see themselves as having more in common with the rich whites and practically nothing in common with poor blacks and other racial groups who were being downtrodden by similar policies - or the same ones. Started with the ending of white indentured servitude - so they wouldn't be there to empathize with the rising-in-numbers black slave population and cause problems - and it's been with us ever since.

              MLK, Jr. got killed right when he was pushing to break that barrier.

              That particular requirement on not having a man capable of work in the household is bad business anywhere when there are no jobs available for physically capable people looking for work. That's what the issue was with the coal bust I spoke of. BUT the constellation of things running against the black community means that hits them harder. What was that statistic recently, white man just out of prison more likely to get hired for the same job than a black man with no history of trouble with the law? Add in the education issue (all of it - college access, discrimination in where education dollars are spent, low expectations of the entire society in general, etc), the service-industry shift in employment patterns, and so much more, and that policy goes from being something that hits a few high employment bubbles someone can move out of to something that is nationwide and cannot be escaped from through geographical movement.

        •  Unintended consequence is the way I see it (0+ / 0-)

          Opting for benefits over a marriage license...  Correlations  and trends usually indicate causations.  Prove me wrong...

          The thing about the truth.... It just "is".

          by Osmosis is best on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 09:12:16 AM PDT

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  •  Bingo (7+ / 0-)

    I think the most important sentence in this diary is

    Unlike the other new immigrants  to America like the Irish, Italian, Polish Dutch and Germans , The Black exslave from Africa had no common language tradition or educational system from which to assimilate and transfer knowledge.
    Because, if I didn't know better- this diary could have been written about 2000 years of  Jewish history in Europe.

    Racism and Bigotry - check.
    Restriction on employment - check.
    Restriction on movement and property ownership - check
    Lynching and pogroms - check.

    You know the old Jewish joke - why Jews are excellent violin players? Because it is very damn hard to run away carrying a piano.

    That is why Jews became doctors and lawyers. When your asset is your brain and knowledge, it is very easy to move on a moment notice and run away from danger.

    But the huge difference is that Jews had that system of transferring and appreciating knowledge and traditions from generation to generation.

    The Jewish experience shows that one can go through unspeakable horrors and survive if one has a communal support system.

    It is impossible do it in a construct where a husband, wife and child  can find themselves separated just because some plantation owner decided to sell one of them like some property.

    The white man sin of breaking up families and destroying these communal bonds is (imho) the most unforgivable sin (on top of the long list) of the slavery period.

    Queror Ergo Sum. -- Rene Descartes Shakshuka

    by The Revenge of Shakshuka on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 07:38:50 PM PDT

    •  Bingo on the Breaking Up of Families (4+ / 0-)

      It creates a self-perpetuating crime for many who don't have the exceptional perceptions and other abilities to rise above difficult circumstances with seriously limited preparation.

      The further tragedy is that those who oppose a true and thorough remedy of the full spectrum of injury can always find that fraction who can do it against the odds, and then argue that the odds aren't the odds.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 08:16:56 PM PDT

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  •  Broke is relative (3+ / 0-)
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    States with the highest income per capita have fewer African Americans, Connecticut, Massachusetts etc but with a high cost of living.
    States with low income per capita like Mississippi at $28000 have a large African American populations but low cost of living.

    So I'm not ready to accept the republican narrative on African Americans.  And as for the breakdown in family, the divorce rate in California is now over 60 percent. I'd be very interested in seeing Fox News lecture to Californians on that the way they've been lecturing AFrican Americans.

    •  Im sure Fox will explain it in terms of our still (1+ / 0-)
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      Very high unemployment rate of 8.5% last month, the staggering loss of homes that decimated communities, and such issues as cities filing for bankruptcy (loss of very basic services) and  the highest food scarcity rate in the nation (Kern county and Salinas.

      I'm sure Fox will explain that when lives are being bombarbed by stress from all sides, often the marriage suffers, right?

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 11:30:54 PM PDT

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  •  Props for recognizing the role of young black men (0+ / 0-)

    1) Feeding the Prison Industrial Complex.
    2) See above.

    This is a thumb on the scale, a reason not to re-invent, re-invest, re-purpose, re-think, re-do.  Same o', same o', as everybody's making money.

    This predestined purpose drives the policies towards the family, neighborhood, school, and community.
    This predetermines the eventual role of every young black child:  You WILL be a victim.  The system demands it.

    A victim of violence, of gang activity, of racism, of a system that doesn't give a shit about you.  
    You young men will be a "convict" or a dead body.

    You ladies will be a single mom, or an addict and prostitute.  A few may be all of the above, including convict and dead body.

    You will not run for office, nor hold a professional license, nor vote in certain states, nor live freely where you so choose, as you Brother, are a Felon.  Your Rights, finally fully recognized in the 1960s, have been stripped from you.
    Welcome to the New Jim Crow.

    That's my view, from the chair of a white man, raised as you were, Osmosis is best.  
    We're likely the same age.
    We were all low income, had no color back then... and we all hung-out together.  We had a "race riot" in High School, as two groups of kids fought each other... with fists.  
    (this was 'back then' and we had guns, but they were in our cars - and never did the thought of getting one, cross anyone's mind)

    Those who were blessed with the keen power of observation would note black kid fighting black, white kid fighting white, and a few inter-racial bouts.  Over some issue based on economic class, and who gets to talk to who's sister, as you're not from that part of town.

    Or, one could just do the trendy thing and claim it was all racial.  Which the media and school did.
    The kids and parents didn't buy it.  

    It was sold harder in the '80s, and found a ready market.

    The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.” ~ Joseph Heller, Catch-22

    by 43north on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 09:09:25 AM PDT

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