Brainwashing stops us from Ujamaa (cooperative economics)

ujammaToday is Day 4 of Kwanzaa. The principal is ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Ujamaa and is essentially a commitment to the practice of shared social wealth and the work necessary to achieve it. It grows out of the fundamental communal concept that social wealth belongs to the masses of people who created it and that no one should have such an unequal amount of wealth that it gives him/her the capacity to impose unequal, exploitative or oppressive relations on others.

I like this principle. It does not intend to limit your financial wealth, but reminds us not to use or wealth to hurt or oppress each other. However, we should use our wealth unequal or not to invest in our communities and help all of us reach economic success and prosperity. Ujamaa is about us extending the skills and qualities we have gained occupationally and economically to each other so we can all become greater and better. It is about centralizing our money towards goals that will make our lives, and future richer with success and development.

ujammaHowever, we often have a problem with this. We do not want to buy from Black Owned Businesses. We do not want to invest in them. We do not want to work in them. We do not want to go to a historically black college. We do not want to donate to them. We do not want to be associated with anything that will uplift black corporations, organizations, and companies. . Some of us not all think that doing any of those things would damage, hurt us, or is wrong.

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Because of the brainwashing that has been committed upon many of us. Many of us think it is wrong to be associated with such things. There are still a lot of us who need to realize that the whole condition and status of the African/black race affects every one of us even, if we are not specifically plagued with the negative issues and conditions that other blacks deal with.

BOBIf most of our people are not successful economically, yes it may not cause us to have financial strife now. Yes, it may not change the tides in or life, but it is a ripple that will affect all of us one day.

I say this to mean that if YOU, are in any position to help out another brotha or sistah land a job, build a business or make a positive step towards a better tomorrow, do it. It does not take anything from you. It simply strengthens the community foundation and cements a stronger tomorrow for all of us.

ujamma 1Use ujamaa in your life today. We are all just roots, who have extended our greatness through the rough soil and soaked in the water of wisdom and talent. Once we connect our roots. Once we come together and work together economically, we will form the whole tree. We will construct a formidable force of excellence. Lets come together and  create a forest, together. -M. Millie

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She had a Baby, Congratulations! Why do you care again?

So she had a baby I do not care, why do you?

Yes, Kim Kardashian had a baby today. Congratulations to her. Having a baby is a beautiful and special gift. Social media is buzzing about this news and I understand why. She is a celebrity. She is famous, for whatever reason. However, why do we African Americans care?

The question here lies, why are black outlets,. facebook pages, and media reporting her child’s birth. Yes, I remember that she is having a baby with Kayne West. However, the focus the black community has one this non black woman is overwhelming.

Why is her life and story news for us? Why do we care? There is a black woman named Marissa Alexander who is spending 20 years in prison for a non violent offense. Why aren’t we rallying and talking about her?

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The constant portrayal and discussion of  Kim Kardashian in a positive, enviable way are a continued trend of black America glorifying this white woman and other white women like her.

Beyonce had a child as a married woman. However, she was ridiculed during her pregnancy and after. There were rumors of her having a fake birth. There were rumors that she did not have the baby. There have even been rumors saying the baby is ugly. Who calls a baby ugly? SMH! That child is gorgeous.

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Many of these rumors were fabricated and spread by our own community. We did not welcome Beyonce’s pregnancy or give her positive attention the way we have Kim Kardashian. Why? That is because no matter how much we love Beyonce she is not a white woman like Kim Kardashian, and many of us blacks have the indoctrinated belief and practice of worshipping non black women.

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Now before, I get called a hater. I am not HATING on her. I believe that it is a talent to become rich and famous for having no talent. She is talented for she is another white woman who has played the fem fatale, oh woe is me, card to get a fan base. Yes, her privilege of whiteness has helped her of course. The blindness and promote of White America, has also helped her as well. However, she has “hob knobbed”, made connections and used publicity as a way to be one of the most popular people, today.

What bothers me is the worship. The worship of the black community of people like Kim Kardashian. She is not a black woman. She is not even someone who cares about the black struggle, besides the obvious, her spouse choices.

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There are so many black woman who accomplish great feats and do so much everyday, who do not get recognized. If these women do get recognized, their stories do not get shared with the same ferocity as Kim K’s life and story. Fame is just one part of it but worship is the bigger part of it. Our admiration for Kim K overextended our pride for our people.

We black people have always focused on people outside of our community more than those inside of it. Yes, it’s that Willie Lynch, slave mentality, self-hatred combo that seems to always stifle our development.

Our worth, our being and who we are CANNOT, be mirrored against a mirror of unattainable, and undeniable self hatred. Many black women want to be this woman. They want her body. Umm, we have had Real, hips, lips, but and hair since the beginning of time. Next! We need to learn to love and appreciate who we are and those like us who have risen against all.

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We need to see role models in our communities, who look like us, who come from our struggle and know what we are and are capable of as people to admire. These people do not have to necessarily be famous, There are black woman everyday, locally, who are teachers, police officers, politicians, lawyers, etc. who cultivate the contemporary accomplishments of black woman.

Lets appreciate these women. Lets remember these women, and stop the worshiping of who are not US. Lets  be proud of ourselves and proud of our people. ~Know Your Worth~ -M. Millie