Book Excerpt Of The Week: Part 2- “Survival Strategies For Africans In America” By: Anthony Browder

href=””>“Warfare takes on many forms and there are numerous ways to neutralize an adversary. They can be subdued by: low intensity warfare, psychological warfare, germ warfare, chemical warfare, infanticide, genocide, and mentacide (induced madness). Not all wars are fought in order to destroy an opponent, sometimes the objective is to simply terrorize them, or to contain and exploit them.

One of the most damaging forms of attack is spiritual warfare because it is strategically designed to destroy the soul of its victims and render them more easily susceptible to other forms of non-lethal assaults.” -From, “Survival Strategies For Africans In America” By: Anthony Browder

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Book Excerpt Of The Week: Part 1- “Survival Strategies For Africans In America” By: Anthony Browder

href=””>“We would know that the early Greek and Roman Christians portrayed Jesus as a person of African ancestry. Justinian I, the Eastern Roman emperor who ruled from 527 to 565 A.C.E., commissioned coins to be minted with the face of an African Jesus on one side and his own distinctively European face on the other. Many Europeans of this era revered Africans and openly worshiped the “Black Madonna and Child” in shrines throughout Europe. As Europeans became more nationalistic, they developed a psychological need to create God in their own image, and the complexion of their religious icons changed from black to white. When Europeans became to colonize the world and enslave people of color, they imposed this new image of God on those the conquered.

Michelangelo’s painting of Adam and Eve in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy is still accepted by people throughout the world as the legitimate likeness of the first couple. No one suspected that Michelangelo’s aunt and uncle were the models for the painting in 1508. Most of us have seen the image of Jesus the Christ and his disciples as portrayed by Leonardo da Vinci in his painting “The Last Supper.” We have been captivated by the beauty of this fifteenth century masterpiece, but few of us know that da Vinci hired a model to pose as Jesus, and 12 convicts to pose as his disciples. In reality, the image that we have held in such high esteem is unworthy of the admiration it has been given. It is a technically flawless painting but a terrible deceptive religious icon.” -From, “Survival Strategies For Africans In America” By: Anthony Browder

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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

“Melanin is essentially involved in controlling all mental and physical body activities…The lack of melanin is directly related to the malfunctioning of the central nervous system, while the presence of melanin is directly associated with the proper functioning of the central nervous system. This is why we shouldn’t do drugs because we’re highly melanated people and the drugs- cocaine, even weed, all that stuff that you call liquor and brews, and lighting L’s and all of this madness that we put in the system to destroy the system- it throws your melanin off.” -Professor Griff

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The Forecasting Of The Gentrification Of Harlem

The following excerpt comes from a book that was written in the 1960s. The book discusses the lives of African-American in America. It’s ironic how a statement made in the ‘60s is so apropos to 2012.

“They are raising the rents so high, like that, with a job, the menial jobs that we have or get, the money we will receive- we won’t be able to pay rent! So where we going to go? They are pushing us further, and further, an further- out of Harlem.” -From, “Dark Ghetto: Dilemmas of Social Power” By: Kenneth B. Clark

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