Integration is less than 65 years old. Trump told White people it’s ok to be openly racist again & in less than 3 years we’re staring at the re-establishment of racial apartheid. If 65 years of “progress” can be undone that easily, we must ask how real was it?
Just kidding. We know it wasn’t real but many in the Black community bet on wholesale integration to the extent that we abandoned our own economic bases for a shot at success in theirs. We can’t make that mistake again.
We should also ask ourselves WHY we collectively made certain harmful decisions. I.e. why did we let people who have a historical record of doing nothing but hating us, teach our kids? Jews wouldn’t let Nazis teach their kids for good reason. We need to interrogate that.
And yes, some successful Black towns were bombed/destroyed b/c of White racism. But most of them weren’t. What was it that made leaving our communities to live next to people who literally burn religious symbols on our lawn more attractive than building up our own? QTNA.
Yes, Black businesses suffered from lack of capital. But after abandoning a Black economic base, Black businesses STILL suffer from lack of capital as White businesses thrive from Black dollars. Why did we think success in White economies was more likely than servicing our own?
Yes, we were redlined & couldn’t get mortgages. Now, we get toxic racist loan products & White banks get to foreclose our homes. Why didn’t we use susus & culturally responsive banking methods to fund home buys like other minorities did/do? We need to study that choice.
We now have 65 years of integration data. That’s far more data than we had at the outset. Now that white supremacists are re-establishing American apartheid, we need to study where we as Black people went wrong - & why - so we can course correct.
How much of these decisions were based on internalized anti-Blackness? How many drastically harmful decisions did we collectively make out of a desire to be accepted/gain access to Whiteness? How did 400 years of forced self hatred factor into those decisions?
White supremacy is hitting a reset button. It’s as if integration policy were a buffet item that White society sampled...before deciding they absolutely did not like or want it. They re-packed courts w racists, destroyed voting rights, stolen our wealth w racist mortgages & more.
They are *far* more practiced at re-establishing racist apartheid than we are at successfully resisting it. Their ancestral muscle memory of running racist societies outweighs our ability to convince them to do otherwise.

We need a new plan. Because we in danger. Big time.
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