TODAY IS BUY BLACK FRIDAY

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 26•17

PLEASE PASS THIS ON! (EACH ONE TEACH ONE OR TWO!) THIS IS PHASE ONE ON HOW WE CAN HELP TO STRENGTHEN & EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY:
The 2008 not guilty verdict in the Sean Bell case evoked outrage, emotion, and debate. It is not an anomaly that the police officers involved in the Sean Bell slaying were acquitted of all charges on all counts in State Supreme Court. I could run out of ink printing the names of people who have been victimized by the inaptly named justice system.

The American justice system has been especially terroristic towards the African American community. Many community members can cite historic and personal accounts to prove this. Therefore, it would be foolhardy (at the least) to turn to a system that has methodically oppressed us, and request that they free us. We can only free ourselves through extreme discipline and intelligent planning.

As a community we have been too compliant with leaders who organize ineffective, delayed reactions. The only strategy that can save us in this last hour is one that calls for a collective code of conduct that will be conducive to improving the conditions of our community, and shifting the paradigm of how we are treated by outside entities. The first step of this code of conduct should be based on economics.

The old adage of “money talks,” still reigns true in the new millennium. Any political scientist worth his or her library card will tell you that: “Economic powerlessness equals political powerlessness,” and conversely “economic power equals political power.” This means that if we continue to allow our wealth to be extracted from our community, we will remain impotent.

The power of the collective “Black Dollar” is often discussed. However, that power has been left unchanneled. Today is the day to change that. A one-time boycott is not going to bring long-term change and respect to our community. Our community has launched boycotts before. Our success and ascension will be based on what we consistently do. For this reason, we should initiate “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS.”

BUY BLACK FRIDAYS is a small step towards our community acquiring power via controlling our economics. Every Friday, people who acknowledge the injustice and oppression that the African American community has been consistently subjected to should do one of the following:

Option #1: Spend $0 on Friday
Option #2: Spend no more than $10 on Friday
Option #3: Only Shop at Black Businesses on Friday
[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE OPTIONS CAN & SHOULD BE EXERCISED ON A DAILY BASIS. However, we can all at the very least focus on Fridays. This way we can take a collective stand and build our collective discipline. Please remember that this is only Phase 1!].

To the people who are tempted to label “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS” as racist, I say this: In the big scheme of things, this is about right & wrong, justice & injustice. The African American community is a strong, proud community that has endured the brunt of America’s iron fist. We must stop the pounding. I feel that any fair-minded individual will concur, and join in.

ANY business that is privileged to enjoy the support of the African American community MUST return that support.

I thank you in advance for your effort and dedication.

-Elsie Law AKA Starface

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 26•17

“We want our children educated. The school system in the country districts of the South is a disgrace and in few towns and cities are the Negro schools what they ought to be. We want the national government to step in and wipe out illiteracy in the South. Either the United States will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.

And when we call for education we mean real education. We believe in work. We ourselves are workers, but work is not necessarily education. Education is the development of power and ideal. We want our children trained as intelligent human beings should be, and we will fight for all time against any proposal to educate black boys and girls simply as servants and underlings, or simply for the use of other people. They have a right to know, to think, to aspire.” -The Niagara Movement (1906)

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 22•17

“We will not be satisfied to take one jot or title less than our full manhood rights. We claim for ourselves every single right that belongs to a freeborn American, political, civil and social; and until we get these rights we will never cease to protest and assail the ears of America. The battle we wage is not for ourselves alone but for all true Americans. It is a fight for ideals, lest this, our common fatherland, false to its founding, become in truth the land of the thief and the home of the slave- a by-word and a hissing among the nations for its sounding pretensions and pitiful accomplishment.

Never before in the modern age has a great and civilized folk threatened to adopt so cowardly a creed in the treatment of its fellow-citizens born and bred on its soil. Stripped of verbiage and subterfuge and in its naked nastiness the new American creed says: Fear to let black men even try to rise lest they become equals of the white. And this is the land that professes to follow Jesus Christ. The blasphemy of such a course is only matched by its cowardice.” -The Niagara Movement (1906)

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words Pic Of The Week

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 20•17

Dangerous Freedom

Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. May, 2017.

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 20•17

“Either the United States will destroy ignorance, or ignorance will destroy the United States.” -The Niagara Movement (1906)

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The Devastating Decline Of Black Businesses In New York City

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 15•17

Black Business NYC StatIn a recent study done by New York City’s comptroller, documenting the financial state of the City between the years of 2007 to 2012, the dismal state of Black business was noted.

According to the study, in 2007-2012, the presence of Black Businesses in New York City declined by 31.4%, while Black businesses nationwide rose 2.4%

I wonder what the figures are for the last 5 years. With large amounts of Black New Yorkers being “gentrified” out of their homes, I don’t suppose the figures got any better.

Be sure to support the Black Businesses that still exist.

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 15•17

“Every time we have a chance to get ahead, they move the finish line.” -From, “Hidden Figures”

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Neely Fuller Jr. Tells What Is Done In A War Situation

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 08•17

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 08•17

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” -Sun Tzu

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Neely Fuller Jr. On The Kind Of Person Who Makes The Best Slave

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 04•17

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