Sunday, November 1, 2009

WWW.FLAMPRO.COM aka THE GUDWORD. Black Solidarity Day

Today is a day to celebrate Black Unity and strength. I'm blessed to have older black people to give me perspective on race relations in the 60's and 70's. You know the Black people that don't forget, and southern blacks who have dealt with racism enough to never ever forget or get comfortable (with good reason) with "White Folk". I guess i have been lucky enough to not harbor the same sort of resentments even though i have dealt with sever racism living in Glen Oaks queens and Rosedale Queens in the early 70's and 80's...and who could forget Yusef Hawkins and (FUCK YOU) Joey Fama. But i am no worse for the wear, i have friends of other races white Jewish European whatever I STILL LOVE MY BLACK PEOPLE. I hope you enjoy your day if you took off from work, and if not take a second to remember the people who struggle so you could live so freely.

Black Solidarity Day: What does it mean?

By Ben Serrano

In terms of the world of prejudice and racism, much has happened in the last 40 years. The development of minorities in the education system and political process has improved greatly, and we have gone from a time when it was hard for blacks to put a vote in the ballot box to a time when a black man can be in the White House. Some might think that the effect the black population has on the community is only spontaneous, with great leaders and thinkers appearing from decade to decade. However, the impact blacks have can be seen every day. This is what Black Solidarity Day was created to express.
Black Solidarity Day was created in 1969 as a day nationally observed by African-American men, women and students. It always occurs the Monday before elections take place; this year it falls on Nov. 2. Originally, the event brought black people together to discuss their political status and the direction in which their future was going. The day also focused on the value and goals of education within the black community. It was, and still is, a day of discussion and a time for everyone, no matter of what race or education, to discuss how we all affect each other’s lives.
Discussion is important to Black Solidarity Day, as well as the concept of it as a day of absence, during which black people do not attend school or work and try to avoid making purchases and spending money throughout the day. These actions only further demonstrate the impact the black community has on the workplace and its stimulation of the nation’s economy.
So what does the black community add to the classroom and the workplace? Mainly, perspective. No matter what social class, city or personality someone comes from in the black community, their perspective always can add to a classroom discussion, university policies and faculty meetings. Other people don’t have to feel obligated to understand the pressures and experiences that are shared, but at least they will know. Knowledge is the first step to understanding.

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