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SingleBlackMale.org Reacts to #OccupyWallStreet

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To the thousands around the country who have decided to Occupy, Black America responds saying, “Welcome to the party.”  For those of you who have seen from afar, but not had the time to actually figure out what Occupy Wall Street or DC is all about, here’s a brief synopsis: American citizens are fed up with lobbying.  The fact that money drives legislation and governance in this country has reached the point of civil unrest.  And again, Black America responds saying, “Welcome to the party.” 

Crime against humanity affects us all, injustice affects us all, but you don’t get the feeling that you have to do anything about it until it affects you.  And while we’ll stand with you, we feel the need to let you know a few things:

Uncle Sam?  Oh that boy good – Our country has tried for years to implement capitalism and then regulate it.  The corporate world has done exactly what we’ve made it to do, it’s adapted to its environment to increase shareholder value.  But that’s the American way, exploit a resource and drain it until there is little to nothing left.  Never forget this country was one of the last to abolish slavery, and regardless of what Capitol Hill says, we are not interested in a path to citizenship because modern day slavery is real in our country.  Paying someone less than the cost of living is no different than providing the Negro slave room and board on a plantation.  While, many Black Americans won’t thank Reagan for how his economics aided in the benefits that the middle class enjoys today, we are in UNISON that Reaganomics was a smoke and mirrors approach to broadening the gap between the rich and the poor in America.  He simply took a few people from poor to middle class, appeased that middle class and while they were happy with their piece of the American pie; he was White Moses– rounding up the rich and taking them to the Promised Land of tax shelters and corporate deregulation.  And when they settled in, they pulled the chair out from under America, taking our;

  • Food – As the cost of food sky rockets, all the food that got Black people through the 80s and 90s, it turns out that it’s actually bad for you.
  • Shelter – Mortgage crisis, need I say more?
  • Jobs – As unemployment in this country reaches just above 9%, it’s safe to say we all know someone who is out of work.
  • Education – The rising cost of education makes you wonder if you’ll be able to afford to send your children to college.

We’ve long known this country was inherently flawed – It may not seem evident to you, but we’ve known that there was a problem for some time.  Forgive my garish wording, but Black folks have been causing hell since we got here because we knew something wasn’t right.  They want us here, but they don’t want us here.  But let me tell you something, if you’re not working for them… in a f*cked up situation, then as far they’re concerned, you can go back to whichever hole you came from.  Hello White America, but the fact of the matter is that White American males face an unemployment rate under 8%, while Black American males face an unemployment rate well over 16%.  Currently, 40% of Black children in America are born into poverty. Occupy Wall Street is asking that something be done for the American citizens who have been hurt during this time of recession; you’ve lost homes and jobs and my prayers go out to you and yours, but please understand: Black America has been in a recession since desegregation. We own less land, our unemployment rates continue to rise and our children continue to grow up impoverished. We’re happy you all have picked this battle as the point to start fighting, but this for us has been a war, a long, arduous, debilitating war.

If we stand with you now, then you must stand with us forever – Black America will be there with you, every step of the way.  The Reverand Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. teaches us, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  So don’t go back in your homes once you receive your relief.  It’s time we fix this whole Matrix.  So when they roll out a plan to help the American citizens get back on their feet, then I am calling for all to be there when we address the disparity in the unemployment rate, poverty lines, and literacy rates.  I’m sorry but something in me just doesn’t vibe well with standing with a man to my left with $200,000 in college debt upset that he can’t find work after making millions on Wall Street for the last ten years, and to my right a brother with no college degree, looking for a good ass job.



Many incorrectly assess this country; it is not a democracy, it’s a republic.  None of us are seeing a fair shake on Capitol Hill.  Our elected officials are not representing us, they are representing the people who put the money in their pocket.  When the American Negro was shackled and deprived of its freedom, “our” country sided with the plantation owners, the taxpayers, those who “put money in their pocket.”  I’m happy we’ve got more support, and we shouldn’t stop until we’ve got everyone on the same page.  The Africans fought to end slavery, and we did it.  Then we joined the women in gaining the right to vote, when we ourselves had the right, but faced disenfranchising legislation that hindered us from exercising our rights.  Oh… but we came back in the 4th quarter and got ours along with desegregating this country.  The descendants of those same Africans stand with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community, and whether they agree or not, we stand in unison asking that civil rights be afforded to them as well.  Therefore, welcome to the new people that we’ve added to the revolution, Martin would be happy to see what we’ve become.

– Dr. J

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Dr. J This guy has no idea what his position is at SBM.org. He's a well travelled blogger. You can find his work at SingleBlackMale, Necole Bitchie's BitchieLife.com, BuppietheBlog.com, The Book of Jackson, This Is The Dream. He has also published several guest posts at blog all around the blogosphere. He can't spell really good, and grammar isn't his strong suit, but he really appreciates you reading his posts for content, and content only. (I feel very Michael Vick'ish referring to myself in the 3rd Person.)
  • Laralilly

    Slow clap for this!!! A long time reader, first time I've ever wanted to comment. Well written Dr J, glad you mentioned the major point that the current economics was acceptable to those protesting when it did not affect their daily lives. Welcome to how most African Americans live.

  • Very well written article… I support the Occupy mission and you did a very good job of summing it up for those that aren't clear why the world is" Occupying"

  • One of your best post sir. In Mr. Burns voice: "Exxxcelent"
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  • Mr. SD

    Well said Doc!

  • This is one of the best posts we've had on this sight. Great job Dr. J. Occupy Wall Street is necessary, but it's hard not to look out at the protest and think – "Oh, so now you care?" We've been saying all the things we're saying for years. America is a country built on the concept of equality of opportunity. More and more we're seeing that there is no equality of opportunity in our country. There is equality of opportunity in each class, but there is none across classes. Until we bridge that gap we'll continue to see the wealth disparities that are making themselves more and more apparent. So, as usual, I can't knock the hustle, but I am hating a little. But yeah #OccupyWallStreet – cool.
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  • IvoryT

    Good post. I wasnt aware of this "Occupy Wallstreet" movement. But I have always felt that we as Americans have become to complacent. We let them do whatever they please then grumble when the chips don't fall in our favor. And yes I agree that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." I am concerned though that we will never have the numbers to make a great change. In my opinion people don't stand up for what they believe in like in the past. People are either content so they don't want to ruffle any feathers or discontent but not to the point where they are ready to take a stand. I hear and see it every day. But maybe this movement is the beginning of something different something bigger and most importantly something unstoppable.

  • Muze

    *stands and applauds*

    great great post. now let's get this to cnn or somewhere where those who need to read it, will.
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  • this article is right on time, many citizens who are joining the Occupy Wallstreet batlle are clueless what the current issues are. This was a very informative yet easy read

  • Tenisha Jones

    this article is right on time, many citizens who are joining the Occupy Wallstreet batlle are clueless what the current issues are. This was a very informative yet easy read
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  • theoneash20

    Out of my lane here, but real recognizes real…

    I am glad someone opened my eyes (three times or better) that this is a class war… And nothing else…

    Keep playing the hits SBM…

    Super Saiyan To The End…

  • Streetz

    Poignant post and an accurate tale of the current financial climate of the US, and what we as blacks have lived for generations. I cant hate on the protests. Hope they prove to be beneficial!
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  • NinaFontaine

    Awesome post!

  • Wow.The emotion in this post is contagious. Not many of us can voice our frustrations…our disappointments the way you did here. Very well written.

    I'm impressed that while you appear to be "successful," at least compared to so many of your peers in today's dire economy, you haven't turned a blind eye to the problems that still affect those who aren't as fortunate as you.

    Somebody's gotta do something.

  • JanieCrawford

    I love your posts, mostly because I can always relate. You've got an actual 'No-Spin' vibe going on.

    Anyway, if you aren't slaving, you are taking the place of a more deserving individual *eye roll*. Let's keep it one hundred…Brought here against our will and told that we need to stay in place? Where they do that? America! Where America do that? Practically anywhere they want. SMH

  • It wasn't until I lived in other countries that I truly appreciated how money hungry America is, and how they want to spread their capitalist ideas to other places that were doing just fine before.
    I wish I could find it, but I read an article in the Post about how during the recession, the rich are actually profiting but selling off their entrepreneurial businesses to corporate enterprises or to the federal government, why other small businesses (mom & pop shops) are being run out by large chains… idk exactly where I was going with that story, but it doesn't make sense that in America we believe in "manifest destiny" but we don't support those that are trying to live the American dream…
    Really good post!

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  • Phidelity15

    This is undoubtedly the best post I’ve ever read on this site. There is so much truth written here its not even funny. Alot of what people are saying about Occupy Wall Street is that there is no one clear idea about the protest and that its disorganized and some don’t even understand what they are fighting for. For the ones who do know, it really is like a “oh so NOW you understand?” kinda feeling.

    I saw on the news where they said unemployment for African Americans dropped from 16.7% to 16% how is that ok? How is that better?!? Its not ok and a .7% drop isn’t really something to write home about.

    Finally we have people realizing that our government has a Money Talks agenda and that their best interest is not for the people but whoever has the deepest and fattest pockets. A sad truth that African Americans have known for far too long.

  • I've been feeling conflicted about Occupy Wall Street since day 1, and this is a good part of the reason why. Great post.

    "Many incorrectly assess this country; it is not a democracy, it’s a republic." #ButTheyDontHearYouTho
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  • Hugh Jazz

    The one thing I want to see come out of this: take back every penny of corporate welfare issued via TARP, lobbying and other means, prosecute the banks for theft, seize their assets and throw them in jail.

    I shake my head at every Republican that doesn't know the difference between capitalism and corporatism. Welfare is bad, but corporate bailouts are good? Poor and disabled people should be ignored, while the banks are "too big too fail"? While the bankers are getting bonuses and everyone else is getting laid off? The idiots are so busy defending the uber-rich that they don't realize what they're defending is not capitalism nor free market.

    The banks are the number one culprit in this depression (no, it's not a recession), with the government a close second. That is why the politicians have to be held accountable, because that's the only way the banks will ever get prosecuted.

  • mobile Dr. J

    I would just say those things were part of the democratic administration. Being objective I don’t blame red or blue. Its just the whole system that’s flawed. My favorite quote is “choosing between democrat and republican is like choosing between syphilis and gonnarhea.”

    • Hugh Jazz

      "Being objective I don't blame red or blue. Its just the whole system that's flawed."

      I half agree with you. The whole system is flawed, but I blame red and blue.

  • This post has been up on my browser since it was posted and I finally read it! What a great post, I agree with your sentiments 100% and that MLK quote is one that I live by. Far too often this country makes decisions based on what is good for its pocket and not based on what is good for its people, I don't know if things will ever change in my lifetime but I do hope that they get better.
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  • amara_love

    Fantastic post. This is the sort of perspective I thought i might be getting from this blog when i originally started reading it. I don't feel qualified to comment since I am not a black american but I would like to say this struggle has existed for every one coming from a disadvantaged socio economic position

  • Courtney

    Well said