Book Excerpt Of The Week, “Protectors Of Privilege” By: Frank Donner

“The surveillance program was conducted without guidelines of any kind; the range of targets was extraordinary. As Herlihy [a former police inspector] further testified, all dissident activities involving public issues were considered a proper subject of police interest: ‘I just can’t say what we weren’t interested in.’ Another functionary, Captain George R. Suter, head of the security information unit from May 1968 to December 1970, insisted that any organization opposed to the Vietnam War was ‘subversive’ and a threat to the government. These elastic standards resulted in targeting for surveillance of peaceful organizations with a commitment to nonviolence and no record of past violence.” -From “Protectors Of Privilege” By: Frank Donner

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Book Excerpt Of The Week: “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” By: Dr. Joy Leary

“Rather than crush self-esteem, we must do everything in our power to build it. Rather than be torn down by the anger that is present within us, we must be able to create and maintain a state of inner well being. Rather than allowing our children to be socialized by a racist society, we must consciously and deliberately educate and socialize them to understand their inherent nobility.” -From, “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” By: Dr. Joy Leary

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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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Black History Fact Of The Day: Dr. Shirley Jackson

Dr. Shirley Jackson is the first Black woman to receive a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is also a prolific inventor. Her inventions and experiments led to the creation of the touch-tone phone, caller ID, call waiting, fiber optic cables and the portable fax machine.

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