Black people have always focused on ownership. See Booker T. Washington. See Marcus Garvey. Both were more popular among everyday folks than scholar/activist Du Bois. After enslavement, it was the first thing Black men would focus on after family. It's not a revolutionary idea.
The issue is white supremacy and capitalism. We've seen that individual ownership doesn't end collective oppression and that the inability to protect Black communities leads to the loss of ownership -- and more importantly -- Black life.
We've seen cities slowly displace Black people to make way for stadiums, transportation (👀 Chicago Red line extension), university campuses (👀 University of Chicago). We also have politicians than will sign off on a new Walmart; Big chain retail and food kill local businesses.
A lot of our predecessors fled the south because the state and the white supremacist KKK seized our land (speaking within context, all solidarity to the indigenous) through violence. We've owned land. They outnumbered us with guns, money, and laws.
How do you protect Black folks from foreclosure or rising property taxes? Remember when our Cook County Assessor overassessed the properties in low-income communities and under-assessed the properties in white, I mean rich, communities? Guess who picked up the county's tab?

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12 Jul
A $2 federal minimum wage was a demand at The March on Washington in 1963. That's equivalent to $16.63 today.

It's really wild that 57 years later the federal minimum wage is $ 7.25 and workers must "Fight for $15".
In 1963, the federal minimum wage was raised to $1.25.

THIS IS AFTER MARCHES, STRIKES, BOYCOTTS, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.

$1.25 in 1963 would be $10.43 in 2020...still higher than the current federal minimum wage—$7.25.
Last but not least, how does a company value the worker if it only chooses to pay the government-mandated minimum wage?
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30 Jun
Chicago is a violent city because Chicago is a racist city.
We know what public housing looked like for decades.
We know what communities suffered from disinvestment.
We know where schools close.
We know where the food deserts are.
We know who had to fight for fair housing.
We know what community groups were/are targeted by police.
We know who has to fight for trauma centers.
We know who suffers from environmental racism the most here.
We know who had to fight to get their history in CPS.
We know who was tortured by CPD.
We know who was/is the face of the opioid crisis before it made the news.
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24 Mar
An obvious play to the Conservative and Evangelical Right by naming Easter—Resurrection Sunday—as the day the US returns to work. It plays into conservative right conspiracy theory about the pandemic as hoax.

It's calculated. He knows what he is doing.
He is playing politics.
It's sinister too.
He can use messaging that folks lean on in this moment like
God being bigger than Coronavirus or using prayer to get through it.
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31 Aug 19
This is disrespectful to the families and lives of Rekia Boyd, Bettie Jones, Eric Garner, Quintonio LeGrier, Botham Jean, Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Laquan McDonald, Roshad Mcintosh, and so many more.

"adverse feeling toward authority"?
They lost their lives because the police didn't see value in them. This isn't about the general structure of Black families—WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN IDEAL BECAUSE OF SLAVERY, CAPITALISM, AND PATRIARCHY—or Black people acquiescing to police authority. It's about police not killing.
Aiyana Stanley-Jones was 7.
Ronald Johnson was running away.
Bettie Jones opened the door.
Trayvon asked neighborhood patrol why he was following him.
Rekia Boyd was hanging with friends by the park.
Stephon Clark pulled out his cell phone.
Eric Garner was selling loose squares.
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15 May 19
I just left the most beautifully moving graduation ceremony I've ever experienced. I witnessed the inaugural class of students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts at Stateville Correctional Center. This hasn't happened in over 20 Years. THREAD:
7 incarcerated men graduated from the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (@ArtsPrison) and Northeastern Illinois University's University Without Wall program. Keynote Speaker was Dr. Angela Y. Davis. Illinois Lt. Gov. Julianna Stratton gave remarks. Chance the Rapper performed.
Darrell Fair, one of the incarcerated graduates, was also tapped to speak. In his speech, Fair connected Reagan's '86 War on Drungs to Clinton's '94 Crime bill -- something that Dr. David would touch on later.
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17 Mar 19
Gentrification is often regarded as a process of an infusion of high-priced "nice" things into a low-income community leading to displacement. But me, a faux-nihilist, also sees it as cultural genocidal practice, an expansion of policing, and a failure of representative politics.
Public Safety meetings in Chatham, Roseland, wherever...tend to focus on "cleaning the streets"--removing hyper-criminalized Black folk with police--to generally make way for white development.
Displacement isn't just people packing up and leaving due to rising costs; it's arrests, shootings, and other forms of state violence.

It takes a Black Chicago area to experience closed schools, niggas dying, and evictions to receive...a Starbucks or a cute ass cafe.
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