Keeping it real means talking truth without apology to any of the readers of this BlackAngryWomen post. If any person feels offended, ask yourself why!
There was a time when Black people lived and socialized together and we welcomed that we were separate from White folk in the city of Portland, Oregon. White racism was an ever-present threat and force; and we Blacks knew well who our enemy was — both the White man and the White woman. Black interactions with respect to Whites was both formal and limited for the most part. Our Black adults knew well the caustic, manipulative and dangerous nature of White people.
My Black father and other Black men and Black women established Black businesses designed to serve and service our Black community. Blacks worked hard and creatively and many many Blacks bought homes and other income-producing properties. Yes, Black communities have and can thrive and grow independently!
Portland’s Black community was safe, peaceful, caring and supportive. We knew each other and our children played and learned together. Black youth knew the adults in our community and the adults knew and cared about us. We who were young had genuine respect for our Black elders and we regularly heard and listened to our elders’ words of wisdom and advice. Yes, Black youth loved dearly our Black elders and they loved us. Black people visited the homes of each other at will and always we were welcomed.
In the Black community of Portland, as neighbors, we helped one another without charge. If there was a ‘known’ need, someone would step forth to fulfill that need. Black youth often carried a neighbor’s grocery bags inside the neighbor’s home. Blacks often mowed neighboring lawns and shoveled the snow off the sidewalks. While in grocery stores, Black youth often carried the grocery bags to a Black shopper’s car. These were just a few of the many everyday practices that went unnoticed and that helped to develop Black youth into responsive and caring adults. Uppermost, Black youth always showed and gave respect to our Black elders.
So, the world was different when BlackParentSpeaks was a child. And, the world was different when BlackParentSpeaks was a young and middle-aged adult. I value and cherish the memories of times past. Money and things meant little when compared to ‘Black’ human interactions. We cared for each other, we valued each other and we looked out for each other. We respected each other. We listened to each other. We had ‘Black’ self-love and we loved one another with few exceptions. Urban Renewal (Black Removal), gentrification and school integration have been negatives for our Black communities across this country. Hear my words: Urban Renewal (Black Removal), gentrification and school integration have been negatives for our Black communities across this country.
Please do not fall prey to veiled and/or unveiled ‘White’ actions, rhetoric and other attempts to destroy and damage Black progress ever again…. Recognize that such attempts can be manifested by Whites, Blacks and others. Be Aware and be informed!
I urge our Black young and older Blacks NOT to become victims of their ignorance and/or lustful desires. Reclaim your past and who you are intended to be. Stop the clowning, stop the foolishness. Stop selling yourselves, stop selling-out other Blacks, and stop gatekeeping for White folk! Reach out and touch that which has been lost by you. Appreciate those of us who gave so much with you in mind … Fannie Lou, Stokely ‘Black Power’ Carmichael lka Kwame Ture, Marion Barry, Sister KoKo, Brother Lester, Sister Betty, Brother Dick, Rev. David Eaton, Brother Martin, Brother Karenga, Sister Eleanor Matthews, Brother Featherstone, Brother Gaston, BlackParentSpeaks and so many many many more. We did and gave with YOU in mind.
Peace and Black Love!
Do NOT forget our Reparations.