The African Diaspora in America needs a decolonization plan. Since 1619, the Diaspora has been mined, extracted, remolded, reprogrammed, and discarded to the point that it cannot properly reconstitute itself because it does not know itself. Symbolic of this unawareness are the feeble attempts to fit into an American culture that perceives the Diaspora’s value primarily as a physical or entertainment commodity, to be maintained via social welfare programs until such time as the Diaspora shows it has some new value or becomes eligible for no other solution but permanent removal.
Reversing this trajectory calls for purposeful self-actualization work on an individual level first. Each individual has to establish and amplify individual self-worth before an attempt at any free association of individuals. Past and current black leadership purposefully created and packaged a collective for the purpose of acting as a platform upon which tangible benefits could be extracted from America’s political oligarchs. The masses never benefited, having to settle for minimum wage jobs and no control of significant natural or financial capital. The result is 152 wasted years.
The African Diaspora in America needs a 100-year plan. The end goal of the plan should be full decolonization and complete self-sustainability including the creation and control of wealth and income generating resources. If the Diaspora is to take its rightful place among other peoples, a footing based on real economic and political equality, then it has to start with a new mindset toward new leadership and a new philosophy that associates free thinking individuals.