The Real Roots of ‘Black Capitalism’

#Racialliteracy #Economics
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Not In Our Town Princeton

Professor of Law Mehrsa Baradaran explains how Richard Nixon [President of the United States from 1969 to 1974] ignored “meaningful economic reforms proposed by black activists” for housing integration, reparations or both, because “[a]greeing to demands for federal spending or reparations in the ghetto was anti-capitalist.”  “[W]ith the assistance of Alan Greenspan, the Nixon campaign’s economic adviser (and future Federal Reserve chairman)”, Nixon devised “black capitalism,” tax and credit policies that were repeated under different names and in one form or another in virtually every administration since.  Baradaran concludes by saying “These programs fail because the benefits of capitalism always accrue to the owners of the capital, not to the people living in enterprise zones or promise zones. Using capitalism to fix the racial wealth gap will work only if there is a means to transfer capital, assets, wealth or housing.”  Read the entire op ed by clicking here.

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What I would’ve said…

If I had applied…

my self

to that thing

that I want, but not really,…

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I See You: For BLM @ School

I see you

Side-eyeing

Me

In my tee

Black

With white

BLM messages

At School

You

Plural and singular you…

Funny how language works

You are they and we do not resist

This new way of being both singular and plural

Gender affirming

Life affirming

Love giving

One

My colleagues

My students

My teachers

Thinking…oooo, that’s so racist

Nah…

Your thoughts scream so loud

Your stares so hard

We remain invisible

Though our fight to be seen

By you

Remains the cause of the crimes

That make

ZERO TOLERANCE

Policy polite in your brown eyes green with envy to blue

Class divided

Ways of experimenting on

Us, me, we

Push back to be heard

We matter,

We the smallest group of other in the building by census though not…

By identity we band together though not…

All together banded

Black lives matter at school

For children and teachers

For we…

The least of these

Have the greatest need

To be seen and heard and valued and loved…

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Reset

Every picture

Every thought, note and message

Every action saved to preserve the memory of a moment

LOST

Not planned yet the forces of an automatic reset command…

Every relationship

Every attitude

Every habit

To become an

OPPORTUNITY

To begin again…

To gain fresh perspective.

Happy New You.

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Assignment: Be a Gift

Today is her born day in the year of her passing. How do I celebrate the loss of the one to whom I and my twin sister, we, were presented as a gift? With tears of joy, and feelings of gratitude, I simply whisper “I miss you” in my morning prayers.

I say, “thank you for sharing your life with us.” 

I think, I have been blessed to be your gift for almost 50 years.

 

In loving memory of my Grandmother, Edna Thompson
Rest in power, peace and love
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answering the C.A.L.L.

When faced with the stress of service  & servanthood

Hold on…

Serving and being a servant is about answering the C.A.L.L.

Community

Accountability

Literacy

Love…

We,

Those who teach, who counsel, who heal, who operate in the office of peace…

We know your fatigue…

We’ve felt and feel and hear and see your pain…

Be encouraged

Sistah Soldier

Be encouraged

Brothah Soldier

Seek community for in it is healthy accountability to the dream and vision…

Be literate for in loving words and ideas we find our voice and our strength

To write

To speak

To become stronger for the battles ahead…

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The revolutionary infographics of W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington

via The revolutionary infographics of W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington

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