Kwanzaa tends to start what I call the “Kumbaya Season” for blacks in America. Throw in today’s scripted and canned Martin Luther King birthday activities and forecasting all of next month’s “Black American History Only Started After Slavery” observances, we will experience much rhetoric and panel discussions about social justice, the impact of slavery, faults in the criminal justice system, etc.,
Black Americans can save themselves some of that grant money that they shell out to get the social justice, civil rights blowfarts to speak on panel discussions by remembering and considering this one inconvenient truth:
Blacks were brought here as low cost working capital. When their usefulness as capital expired, they were released from servitude with no working capital to their names. One hundred fifty years after emancipation from the inhumanity of being physical capital, they still have no financial capital. This is the crux of the problem of trying to fit into a society that still sees you as nothing more than an on-demand commodity.
When the discussion turns substantive, to one that addresses accumulating capital and building self-determining and self-sustaining communities versus staying in constant reactive mode about issues of gentrification and crime, then maybe the Kumbaya Season will take on real meaning.