Kujichgulia. It’s Swahili for “Self-determination”. Every self-respecting Black visionary should understand this term. The days of blaming White men for our shortcomings is gone and past, and is old and useless. We must look towards what we can, and what we must do now. The Black community must foster and embrace a sense of entrepreneurship. We must teach our kids that this is an option to getting a job. And when we encounter Black and Brown businesses, we should support them.
If you’re going to talk about “self-determination” and “do for self”, you are going to have to go in a little deeper than just selling incense and perfumed oils. You have to think big. You have to pool resources with friends and family and put your every dime into it. You have to commit and MAKE it work. You cannot be lazy. You cannot beg your oppressor for a hand out to do it for you. You may have to choose between working a job and missing a few meals to make it successful. And it must be practical.
The Nation of Islam taught the Black man to cure his own ills, to take care of his own family, and to lace his own bootstraps. You don’t have to like his religious doctrine, but respect the wisdom. Phooey to those who missed the Million Man March because Minister Farrakhan isn’t Christian (actually it was founded by Bro. Benjamin Chavis; Min Farrakhan was just the spokesperson, and housed at Phi Beta Sigma HQ)–his 2 hour long speech was teaching us this very lesson.
The Fish program was where Black men went to Peru and negotiated the delivery and purchase of two million pounds of fish at a time when most employers wouldn’t hire a Black man. The fish was quickly sent to cities all over America and sold far cheaper than what any grocery store could provide. In cities such as Atlanta, NYC and Chicago, they actually called the police to stop the brothers from selling fish because it affected their bottom line. When they were successful in stopping the brothers, the NOI then opened restaurants and held fish frys and sold the fish for even more money. When the smoke cleared, the NOI had made MILLIONS… Some of you probably still throw Church fish frys as fundraisers, don’t you?
Like I said, respect the wisdom.
By the way, Happy Founder’s Day to my sisters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated!!
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