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Black Survival- What would it take part 2 (concerns and solutions)

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot
I've privately vetted this idea to a bunch of different people, and they had several questions and concerns, so I decided I'd answer them in another blog entry:

When it comes to biracial people and non-white spouses and stuff like that, how would that be handled?

That's the biggest obstacle I've come across. I am not sure how to handle that, BUT Detroit could serve as a proving ground to see if the idea works. If it works, then people could follow that model and create cities like that all across the country (with a few tweaks of course). 

Imagining the black community as a network, and participants as nodes in that network wherever they are, rather than requiring us all to be in the same place, is very workable in the current environment (given the internet, etc.) and already happening to a certain extent. Efforts that work to build on that community and empower it can find lots of support.

This could definitely work. I think it would be crazy to uproot everybody in the country and send them to Detroit. However these nodes can work if tied together through. I believe if we get Black distribution companies that cater to us by air, rail and truck then those nodes can work to our advantage.

My one worry is that it would go down exactly like all of our other attempts to build something for ourselves. Every Black Wall Street and business district and university has been burned to the ground at least once. And with the new paradigm of anti-"terrorist" rhetoric and legislation, as well as the resurgence of white supremacy, I could see us realistically getting nuked into the Stone Age.

That was my worry as well, BUT if we use Detroit as a proving ground just to see if it will work, then it could be implemented all across the country! We could have black hubs everywhere.
But whatever we do, we need an organization with 501c3 status. This will give rich people the incentive of donating to us and making it tax free for everybody. From there, we could control what the money goes to and where. We will need chapters of this group all over the country. This would be used to fund hospitals, infrastructure, social services, and any other functional elements that require a large amount of capital.  We may also need to do this in secret, meaning no press releases, no going to mainstream media outlets in order to further the cause. We have to do this through conferences, through natural hair expos, etc since these sorts of events are examples of current Black spaces we have at the moment. If we do go to a media outlet, it must be one hundred percent ours. For example, The Final Call is a media one hundred percent Black owned media, and is one of the oldest in the country. Even though some of us might not identify with NOI, we must look past that sort of thing and ask ourselves, "What kind of good do they do, and how can we use that to our advantage?" The same goes with any other outlet ,organization, or group.

Get Oprah and other people to help invest in some type of industry/factory that can employ a bunch of black people and fulfill some type of market niche in the US. There would need to be investors for nice housing developments near the factory.

That sounds like a great idea. It would create reasonable paying jobs and housing for those who want to migrate. A variety of jobs to choose from would definitely be necessary. This may also be where the 501c3 organization would come in. If she donated to it, the tax write off would work for her benefit.

Who is going to be in charge? Police force, judicial system etc. are well and good but who are you suggesting for leadership? 

I think the members of the 501c3 organization will be made up of said people. I'd like it to include a lawyer, a judge, an accountant, a doctor, etc. Basically representatives from each city would work. For example if there are 2 hospitals in each city, then a board member of each hospital will be appointed to meet up wherever the meeting will take place. The accountant from each 501c3 organization will have to go as well.

What happens if people do something corrupt?

Complete transparency is a must! Meaning everybody will receive a quarterly notice of all expenses, including how much everyone makes. This way, all citizens know where the money went, who it went to, why, what, when, which and how it was spent. And they have to live in the city. Once they move, away, they relinquish their position, and another person will be voted in.

I'm interested in this idea of transparency, not so sure about the lack of privacy. When you say 'how much everyone makes etc.' are you saying the council or everyone in the community? You don't think that this type of information will cause problems? 

The Council would be subject to that. The rest of the citizens would be exempt. 

What about non leaders who commit a crime--will they be expected to leave?

However if they compromised the integrity of the community via corruption, fraud and or embezzlement, then they would have to leave,but not before paying the funds back. Otherwise, they may be subject to trial, hearing etc in order to figure out how they will pay the funds back.

So far, these are the main concerns and issues that have been brought to the surface. Surely, there will be more, and I'll keep adding responses and solutions.

As of now, I don't have a solution for interracial couples. I will address that once I find out what to do because excluding these couples would be troublesome. 



Rachael Dolezal, I know why you lied.

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot
I've been mulling this thing over in my head. For those who have been following my blog, please view the previous one titled "The 'Race is a Social Construct' Movement" for further details.

I asked myself why would somebody want to do this. Who would take the time to be that dedicated to a full blown lie to the point of lying about hate crimes?

Now, I saw the wedding picture of her with her Black husband, so I had to ask more questions: What would cause her to make that transformation because apparently it happened after she was with her husband. But then again, there was a divorce in question that took place according to her story in The Easterner . I'd like to bring her timeline of events into question here. According to that article, the following happened to her:

In 1996, she moved to Jackson, Mississippi, to pursue a four-year degree in art with a full ride scholarship.

She met her now ex-husband and afterward moved to Washington D.C.  in 1999 where they married.
'Doležal furthered her education in the fine arts at Howard University, graduating with a master’s degree.' She began painting and made a living from it.

Anecdotal evidence supported that she had been raped during the time she was painting:

"One of Doležal’s paintings was at a convention center in San Francisco, where her and a trusted mentor went out to dinner together to celebrate the sale. As soon as Doležal looked away, the mentor slipped gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, also called the “date-rape drug,” into her drink. According to Doležal, her mentor took advantage of her that night. She said suing was nearly impossible due to the amount of wealth the man had. “I can never trust anyone to bring me a drink again, you know, because it was a trusted person,” she said."

After graduating from Howard University, Doležal and her husband moved to Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, where she gave birth to their baby boy named Franklin.

In 2003, her family moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where her relationship with her husband became unhealthy.

Anecdotal evidence supported that she had been in an abusive relationship with him:

"According to Doležal, her ex-husband was abusive to her and even their son. At two years old, little Franklin would intervene between Doležal and her ex-husbands violence and “he would sometimes get thrown across the room,” she said. She made the decision for her and the protection of her son to divorce her husband in 2004.

The article further states:

"In 2006, Doležal developed cervical cancer. During chemotherapy, she decided to keep her incredibly long, blonde dreadlocks she had had and still puts them on today. She was considered cured in 2008."

"In Idaho, Doležal took on the role as director of the Human Rights Institute, where North Idaho white supremacy groups burglarized every home she and her son lived in. Doležal said she believes the white supremacy groups felt threatened by female power. According to Doležal, they hung nooses in her home, vandalized and stole from her property, directed death threats toward her along with threatening to kidnap Franklin while he was in the second grade. She reported all of these acts to the police and each was admitted into police records as hate crimes, yet the culprits were never caught. Doležal moved from home to home and everywhere she moved, they followed. The hate crimes finally ended when she moved to Spokane in 2012."

But then the hole gets deeper in a different article: She was able to establish herself in the BlackLivesMatter movement.

Now something about her story doesn't wash with me. She said she moved to Idaho with her ex husband. Where is this child named Franklin? Who is her ex husband? What are his whereabouts? Where are the domestic violence police reports? Where is the lawsuit for the man who raped her when she was making a living on her paintings? Does she have any paperwork on this since it was nearly impossible to sue him? Where are her test results that showed she developed cervical cancer and was cured?  Where is her diploma? Are there any records that she even attended Howard University and taught any classes related to the African American experience? Where is her yearbook photo? What accomplishments has she made in Spokane? Did her Black husband know about her fabricating the hate crimes? What was she like in her Montana hometown? 

Now people will say  maybe it was a grand exercise of self hate, and will attempt to link her to various rap artists. Rachael Dolezal's case is not like that because everybody knew the artists were White.

And for those who will say otherwise need to GET ALL THE WAY THE FUCK OUT OF HERE WITH THAT BULLSHIT. Here's why

Those artists didn't attempt to put Blackness on as a costume and take it to the extreme where she created an entire identity by using very harmful lies. The attempt to gloss over those lies is a calculated attempt to say they were harmless. She will ruin lives by lying about being raped. She lied about being beaten by her ex husband. She fabricated hate crimes in order to keep up the lie.

She's digging in as far as she can to the point where she's calling people racist for not allowing her to continue with her delusion.

Some people will say she's mentally ill, and shrug it off as mental illness without exploring the troublesome nature of this situation.

But it looks like,all of this is something used to fool White people into believing that all a person has to do is pretend to be Black in order to "get anywhere", and that racism is fake.

That sentiment doesn't surprise me. In fact, that's what racists want you to think. So here we have a White woman from Northern Idaho who left her hometown in order to create a new life. She came from the same town where the Aryan Nation Headquarters was once located. She moved to Spokane, a city known for its racism. In fact, the biggest movement in Spokane is the Northwest Front, which describes itself as a "political organization of Aryan men and women in the United States and Canada, of all ages and social backgrounds, who recognize that an independent and sovereign White nation in the Pacific Northwest is the only possibility for the survival of the White race on this continent."

Could this be the reason why Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, who was outed for housing discrimination in Los Angeles was given a Lifetime achievement award, even though the person who gave it to him has resigned over the fallout?  Could this really be the motive behind what she was doing? Did she really "play the race card" by crying rape, domestic abuse, and by dressing up as Black in order to gain "access" to alleged privileges? But then again, I'm not surprised. The race card was placed in the deck to be played by people in order to keep other people "in their place". If they could disguise themselves as a leader of an organization, take the history of said organization, use it against the people they want to keep 'in their place' only to "rise" as an advocate in order to "fight" against the establishment that created the race card in the first place, making for the ultimate "Fuck You!" towards an undesired group of people would be a racist dream of epic proportions. I mean, after all, they seem to really enjoy propping Black people up in order to throw them under the bus, as well as using their own conservative media heads to do so, so I wouldn't put it past them to hide as a Black person in order to maintain the idea.

Personally, I think that's what she represents, and could be what she had in mind. Here's why:

Doing so will not only discredit the people who are fighting against the laws, policies, and institutions that are invested in the race card, but it would also erase their validity, their concerns, and their history.

Many people have tried to occupy Black spaces and they chose to do so by any means necessary. Some of the easiest ways to do so are by trolling pages geared toward Black issues,and the online personal profiles belonging to Black individuals. They will use their own online profiles to do so and will also create fake Black profiles in order to win arguments surrounding racial issues. Black memes get created in order to sully their image, poke fun, or engage in racist spew. They even go so far as to make fake facebook pages geared towards it, and fudging racial statics. Another thing that stood out was this:
"The city of Spokane is also investigating whether Dolezal misidentified her race in an application to the
 Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, on which she serves. Dolezal said she had several ethnic origins on the application, including white, black and American Indian."

People will say, "Maybe she's just crazy." Sure,I believe that. Because what kind of person would lie like that in order to try to prove her existence is not an illusion? She's just trying to preserve her status, and I really don't think she wants to preserve the Black one because if she did, she would have tried to fight injustice while remaining White the entire time.

It just goes to show you:

Believing in the legend of White Supremacy will make a person do strange things.



Button design by George Russell

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot


The images featuring Michael Brown we use for logos and other promotional purposes are actually buttons designed by George Russell. The buttons are part of a collection featuring unarmed victims who were killed by police.

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