Dear Black America,
As of today, Tuesday November 15, 2016 we are one week into Donald Trump's presidency and everyone is still shaken up. So let's just call out the elephant in the room: what are black people in America going to do collectively to combat the violence that has been and will be projected onto us in the future? Let's not act clueless here. Everyone is being attacked --which is terrible-- but we all know, based on history, black people are the grand prize to the white supremacists. The United States have always strive on the demise of black people.
It's time that we get real with each other. Black people in America (I refrain from using African American because I acknowledge every black person from the African diaspora is currently living under the system of white supremacy) have taken the most L's this year. Yes, Solange and Beyonce came out on top with their albums, my new favorite shows are 'Insecure' and 'Atlanta' and Ava Duvernay did a phenomenal job on the Netflix documentary '13th' that however, does not eliminate the fact that we are still out here getting killed with impunity by "police officers", constantly being criminalized in the media, our neighborhoods are being gentrified nationwide and we are being sent to prison in droves for an astronomical amount of years (remember Bobby Shmurda? Kevin Gates?) . Not to mention, no one from any other group has reached out to help us.
It has been made very clear that we are on our own here. As filmmaker Tariq Nasheed said, "We have gone pass Jim Crow 2.0 and reverted back to a nazi system". He is right. The propaganda, the innocent killings that go unpunished, dealing with black people in a militarized fashion and the nazi collaborators (i.e. Stacey Dash, Stephen A. Smith and most recently Lil' Wayne) that are put in the forefront to represent black people have all been tactics that the Germans used to justify putting Jewish people in gas chambers.
It is imperative that we work on rebuilding the strong black family structure amongst each other. Every single person has to be on the same page in order for us to move forward. Another important thing we must do is remove anyone who is not on the same page -- we are 400 years into American history and at a time where there is an unlimited amount of resources for information there should be no one who is black acting clueless as to what is going on -- Once that foundation is laid we can collectively take money and build institutions to educate our children, put our money into black-owned banks to finance our own businesses, build political clout , build international allies and most importantly exercise our right to develop " A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state" as stated by the 2nd amendment.
I'm assuming your question would be "Can this even be done overnight?" It absolutely can. Dr. Claud Anderson continues to emphasize "Black people in America collectively have a total of $1.1 Trillion dollars in buying power." meaning that at anytime if we decide to stop shopping at our local beauty supply stores (owned by Asians) or go a month without shopping at Walmart, the economy would be heavily affected. America depends on our money and benefits off of our demise. The same way President Obama can sign a "Blue Lives Matter" bill a few weeks after a cop was killed by a black man in Texas is the same way we can build ourselves up overnight.
So Black America, what are we going to do?
The Upper-class Black Woman
The concept for this post was inspired by W.E.B. Du Dois's the "American Negro Exhibit" which was displayed in Paris in the year 1900. Du Dois along with Thomas J. Calloway created this exhibit to show the history of blacks in America, the current state of how they were living and to overcome the racist stereotypes that were being portrayed on a daily basis. The exhibit included 500 photographs all showing Black Americans owning business enterprises, being in strong family structures and wearing classic fashionable garments.
Unsure of what decade of fashion I was going for, I decided to focus more on what made a woman look more upper-class back in the day vs now. I figured there wasn't a huge difference so I came up with the pink fur and the silver pleated skirt with the matching silver heels. I made it my duty to use neutral colors because it is prevalent to today's fashion trends but I used my classic Afro and the New York City Upper East Side background to make it look a little more old-fashioned.
Shop my look here!