I think now is definitely the time for black people to start rebuilding ourselves a stronger economic standing in our own communities through supporting and starting more black owned businesses. Now is a good time because African American’s #BuyingPower is projected to reach 1.1 trillion by 2015 [Black Enterprise HuffPost]. Now is the time because of everything that is happening here in America this 2014 thanksgiving holiday week with the protests, #BlackOutBlackFriday and more urging to support Black biz with #BuyBlackFriday . I think the black communities have been quiet long enough about this, we need to get serious and take action about these things for the sake of our families “thrivival” in America.
Now is the time also because of the recent allowance of qualifying undocumented Immigrants to be allowed to work. Speaking from my own experiences, while living in LA and job hunting I noticed a huge divide in job placements. I noticed a lot of job listings requesting or preferring the candidate to be bilingual in either Spanish or of a particular Asian language dialect. I also noticed on some interviews I was able to acquire that a large majority of the workers was of one particular ethnicity. One experience that sticks out in particular to me was when I went to an interview in a part of the Fashion District.The majority of the wholesale businesses in that area were Asian Owned and mostly all of the men moving/loading boxes for shipment were Latino. With such a striking visual of that I knew that me getting the job was highly unlikely. Incidents/situations/experiences/realities like this makes me think, why are there so few black owned businesses? I can understand cultural differences that would render a person to consider hiring one over the other; because of this realization we black people seriously need to employ ourselves!
One other incident that affected me the most was when I was hired to work at an apparel wholesaler in LA. The owners were Persian (they constantly argued with each other in their language) and all the seamstresses were Mexican. It was a small company and one of the assistants was Mexican, she was always asked by the owners to communicate with the others because they spoke little English. The other woman was White and she was the designer in charge (she was your typical Devil Wears Prada character with a nasty attitude who spoke down to you; but that’s another story). So two weeks into me being there a new person showed up, she was Mexican. Uncomfortable situations began to occur; like there wasn’t an open computer for her to work on so she was allowed to share a computer with me. She and another Mexican girl there began to do the work that I was previously assigned to do (the other girl only spoke Spanish and did not have a degree in design, and I think was being paid far less than me to do the same work). The designer began to intrust her with communications to the seamstresses because she was bilingual. I already intuitively knew what was about to happen. In my mid 20s and a College graduate I should not have had to experience my first layoff. It was horrible, because the owner first tried to make it like it was something wrong with me when it was actually her foul hiring error. I questioned her calmly about every excuse why I didn’t “fit” the position that she obviously saw me fit for because she hired me until she finally gave me the old downsizing excuse. My lady-like, calm, and to-the-point approach did work because she eventually admitted that I was a good worker because I came to work on time every morning and had good work ethics (quoting her she said I was “good people”) but still let me go after less than 3 weeks on the job. Smh.
From that experience alone I know it’s time for some new moves to be made because this is ridiculous. I know there has got to be more stories out there like this that are not being heard. Issues like young Millennials in college debt and unemployment is a huge hindrance. Of course the betterment of our communities will not happen over night but if we all can get on one accord again like I believe we use to we can make things better for ourselves and our future generations like our ancestors did for us. Let us continue the legacy Black People.
If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!
via Battle For The Net.
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Melanin is important because it’s the most primitive and universal pigment in living organisms. Melanin is produced in the pineal gland. Abundantly found in primitive organisms such as fungi, as well as advanced primates. Furthermore, within each living organism, melanin appears to be located in the major functional sites. For example, in vertebrates, melanin is not only present in the skin, eyes, ears, central nervous system, it can also be found in the pineal gland, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, thymus gland, adrenal gland, and the barathary gland. Melanin is abundantly present in the viscera, including the heart, liver, arteries, the muscles, and the gastrointestinal tract; thus, within each and every living organ which aids the human body melanin appears. Regardless of what color your skin appears to be all genes in all creatures on this planet are black because they are coated with melanin.
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I’m posting this because some Americans are under the impression that this was centuries ago and no longer relevant today. They fail to understand the deep psychological and social ramification of these events. The people of that time are still around today, and if this is what they did back then because of how they felt, you can be sure that they sent on their “opinions” to their children and thus the next generation suffers in their own way.
My own mother faced this kind of nonsense. She told me a story about herself, mother, brothers, and sisters moving into one of the neighborhoods in Chicago (still, today, one of the most racially segregated cities) that was still majority white at the time. She said when they first moved there they burned a cross in their yard! Hello people, these people are still here today. Now back then the government stepped in to make it illegal to harass people of color in this way. So because PoCs aren’t being killed and harassed like this anymore some people are under the false impression that it’s all over now; but I tell you the racially ignorant mentality still persists and is here today. It’s not over how they want us to believe, it’s (the oppression) all done more subtly now. We still got work to do when it comes to social justice. These pictures serve as a reminder of a history that we can’t forget, because this did happen. I wish, as an African-American, that I did have an African-American ancestry to look back on that didn’t include this, but that’s not the case this IS a large part of my ancestry. I don’t have the privilege to look back on a great ancestral past, nor do some white Americans actually, that’s why, I think, some want PoC (and themselves) to just simply forget this ever happened. Like it can be written out of the history books like the rest of our past dating back to Africa, dating back to Egypt.
just looking at these images makes me uncomfortable, posting them is hard for me to do, I’m a sensitive person. So I’ll post the link: http://hip-hop-influence.tumblr.com/post/91154424212/totallynotagentphilcoulson-theriotmag
some of the comments:
cultureunseen: Salute to the enduring spirit of the children of the slaves…
latenightwithicewaterjones: A lot of the men and women that had to endure this are still alive. Don’t let white people act like this is the distant past. It’s not.
neptunespresenttheclones: Never forget, bring this up every fucking year that goes by. If you will forget about what the white people did to your race, to your family, everyone will. America already forgot what they did. Why doesn’t any of these pictures pop up in our history books? Because the white think they haven’t done this, they want to teach us that this never happened. They want that we will forget about all of this..
broodingsoul: I didn’t want to reblog this because of how uncomfortable it made me feel and then I realized, that’s the exact reason I need to reblog it.