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WHY AREN’T YOU OR YOUR PARENTS MILLIONAIRES

 

I have been hiding behind the idea that I may be taken the wrong way. I may be too extreme.

I think there is a shame that is put behind being a Communist similar to the shame that people including myself have tried to put behind Feminism. It is similar to the shame that people put behind solving racism.

Somehow the person that is being wronged becomes the one in the wrong. I am inspired by Yvette Carnell, who I found through Dr. Boyce Watkins, who in 2015 was talking about Black Businesses. He was encouraging people to invest in the stock market which at the time I thought that isn’t a bad idea. When I think about it now, why are you gambling with your limited disposable income?

Now don’t get me wrong, I agree we need things of our own but then again if I don’t want to start a business I should just get paid enough to live comfortably. I know in the West the ideology is “everyman for themselves” but how is that working for you?

To dismiss the ideology of Communism is the same as saying because there are bad democracies or bad democratic leaders that the entire idea of Democracy is false. I think we need to look at the spirit of democracy which is that everyone should have a right in participating in things that affect them.

The same is true for Communism, I hear people push back against it because they think that one day they may become a millionaire that benefits from capitalism. Women who support patriarchy think it will benefit them but if you got rid of it you wouldn’t need to rely on the benefits of an unfair system. People fight against communisms but I guess as a person from the global south we programmed to think of the collective to some extent.

If we accept the fact that everyone will one day “make it”, well why aren’t you or your parent’s millionaires? I could be wrong but the average person is not a slacker that does not try. I also wonder what is lacking in your or your parents efforts that has stopped you becoming millionaires? Why are you not on the path to become millionaires?

 This capitalist system designed to make those with means of production richer while you remain in the same position. Never really doing better just stuck in the same position.

Some people genuinely think yes maybe my parents did not do enough until you start working and realize that in many respects you are working backwards. I read or heard somewhere that if you are Black you are doing worse than your parents. I have started to hear the same is now true for some white people. How is it possible that all average people are under performing? Let us be honest we are all average that means we cannot be all failing. On average we should be doing better but we are not.

Somehow the people that are in control of the mean of production have been doing better and continue to do better. Their profits tell us this. I don’t know this seems wrong to me.  If the average person is doing less work then how can the people we work for be making profits at levels that have never been seen before. There seems to be a discrepancy or a lie being told. Let us not pretend all the machines are doing everything. People are still needed because If not we would all already have been fired or replaced.

Finally there is the legitimate argument that some people will not work hard in a system that provides everything to everyone. This I agree with but as a person that has worked in different places, every system has people that can and do take advantage. Every system also has people that go above and beyond so they even each other out. Like I said we are all average.

I was also listening to Ezra Klein Podcast and he had an episode on loneliness. In that episode he talks about how people have been raised and programmed to think that they are the only reason behind their success. You think of someone who is a CEO they think that they have worked 100 hours a week to make sure they are successful and yes that is true. But there are also the people that have supported, bought or used your product.

There are also those that have inspired you, those that you have worked with to perfect you ideas and those that work for you to ensure your business remains successful. This can be when they know their children are ill and do not call in sick to work to employees that work hard even when they know they are underpaid and this job will never lead to a better position for them.

No one exists in a bubble and I think a big part of understanding communism or socialism is removing this false belief that that I I I did everything and there is nothing that anyone else has done to help me. If nothing else did you give birth to yourself? Or did you parents deliver you themselves? Did you create the alphabet or numbers in order to create whatever it is you created? There is so much that others have contributed and to deny that in the hopes that you will one day be rich and you don’t want to share these riches seems crazy to me.

I will return to this i don’t think i have completed my thoughts on this.

O the irony

It’s not enough they did something wrong. What is really bad is they know nothing will happen because they are part of a system that pretends Black people don’t work hard enough but white people do because they can pay bribes.

With money made from slavery, colonization and exploitation of the poor.

Meanwhile the “liberal” media reports on whether the “kids” did anything wrong and should be punished for it.

Here I Stand by Paul Robeson

Here are the quotes that stood out to me in the book:  

  1. “Reed is dead now. He won no honours in classroom, pulpit or platform. Yet I remember him with love. Restless, rebellious, scoffing at conventions, defiant of the white man’s law – I’ve known many negroes like Reed. I see them everyday. Blindly, on their own reckless manner, they seek a way out for themselves; alone, they pound with their fists and fury against walls that only the shoulders of many can topple” pg 13 

  2. “And here there were white working men, too, many of them foreign-born, who, unlike the Princeton blue-bloods, could see in s workingman of a darker skin a fellow human being ( a lower paid worker, of course, and perhaps a competitor for a job, but not a person of a totally different caste” pg 17 

  3. “Later I came to understand that the negro artist could not view the matter simply in terms of his individual interests, and that he had a responsibility to his people who rightfully resented the traditional stereotyped portrayals of negroes on stage and screen. So I made a decision : if hollowed and broadway producers did not choose to offer me worthy roles to play, then I would choose but to accept any other kind of offer.” pg 31 

  4. “Furthermore, as long as other Americans are not required to be silent or false in reference to their interests, I shall  insist that to impose such restrictions on negroes is unjust, discriminatory and intolerable” pg 66

  5. This idea is called “Gradualism.” It is said to be a practical and constructive way to achieve the blessings of democracy for coloured  Americans. But the idea itself is but another form of race discrimination: in no other area of our society are lawbreakers granted is an indefinite time to comply with the provisions of the law. There is nothing in the 14th and 15th amendments, the legal guarantees of our full citizenship rights, which says that the constitution is to be enforced “gradually” where Negroes are concerned. Pg. 75

  6. “It is easy for the folks on the top to take a calm philosophical view and tell those who bear the burden to restrain themselves and wait for justice to come” pg. 76

  7. And we should you do more than listen to speeches and then go quietly home. I was spokesman should go to the White House and to Congress and, backed by the massed power of our people, present our demands for action. Then they should come back to the assembled people to tell them what “the man” said so that the people can decide whether they are satisfied or not and what to do about it” pg 94 

  8. “If today it can be said that the Negro people of the United States are lagging behind the progress being made by coloured peoples in other lands, one basic cause for it has been that all too often Negro leadership here has lacked the selfless passion for the people’s welfare that has characterized the leaders of the colonial liberation movements. Among us today is a general recognition – and a grudging acceptance- of the fact that some of our leaders are not only unwilling to make sacrifices but they must see some gain for themselves in what ever the do. A few crumbs for a few is too often hailed as  “progress for the race.” To live in freedom one must be prepared to die to achieve it, and while few if any of us ever called upon to make that supreme sacrifice, no one can ignore the fact that in a difficult struggle those who are in the forefront may suffer cruel blows. He who is not prepared to face the trails of battle will never lead to a triumph. This spirit of dedication, as I have indicated, is abundantly present in the ranks of our people but progress will be slow until it is much more manifest in the character of leadership.” Pg. 103 

  9. “Negro womanhood today is giving us many inspiring examples of steadfast devotion, cool courage under fire, and brilliant generalship in our people’s struggles; and here is a major source for new strength and militancy in negro leadership on every level.”

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