NEW AFRIKANS & OCCUPY WALL STREET

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement struggles to defend the Human Rights of African people in the United States and around the world.  The Occupation of Wall Street is an important opportunity to highlight the economic struggles of the 99% and in particular those of New Afrikans (people of African descent in the diaspora). Corporate and national wealth continues to be built on the stolen land of indigenous peoples and on the backs of New Afrikans, immigrants and poor people of European descent; profits are made because of our suffering. 

The agricultural and industrial strength that laid the foundation for U.S. economic power exists because of the blood, sweat and tears of the Afrikans who were enslaved.   Enslaved Africans literally built Wall Street, the very wall from which Wall Street gets its name, were Africans were bought and sold.  The sale of our Black bodies enriched the early traders and bankers. Now, everyday Wall Street bankers desecrate our ancestor’s graves and dishonor their work by trading this blood money on top of an African burial ground!

New Afrikans’ incredible contributions to the strength of the U.S. capitalist economy are continuously unacknowledged and devalued.  From numerous inventions to forms of art, the history books remain silent about our contribution to this country’s wealth. We demand reparations that honor the immeasurable value of our work!

There is a direct link between corporate profit and New Afrikan suffering.  While New Afrikan people suffer under the stress of under-resourced communities, high unemployment and high imprisonment rates, our people are kicked out of our homes, off our land, and lose small businesses. Meanwhile private and public prisons benefit off of our cheap labor to earn billions of dollars a year and media moguls make billions of dollars a year on the sexual degradation of our people and the glorification of violence in our communities.  As a result of these and other racist policies and practices, the official unemployment rate for New Afrikans in some states is higher than 34% and the wealth gap between white and New Afrikan households has grown even wider in the wake of the mass scale thievery orchestrated by Wall Street. We will continue to fight back against our economic oppression! 

We will continue our struggle for collective self-determination, human rights, and reparations!  We do not expect the powers that be to willingly change systems of exploitation that benefit the top 1% and are resolved to build our own alternatives. 

We stand in solidarity with occupy wall street’s outcry for economic justice because it speaks to the realities of Afrikan people in the U.S. and around the world, and our members are in the streets, in solidarity, from New York to the S.F. Bay Area, Atlanta to Dallas and in D.C. and Philadelphia.


4 thoughts on “NEW AFRIKANS & OCCUPY WALL STREET

  1. Tremble the Devil says:

    And it nothing’s been more exploitative and gutted New Afrikan families more than the New Jim Crow: American’s War on Drugs. Specifically tying the birth of the War on Drugs directly to the emergence of the “Welfare State” and the decline of the black family:

    If the War on Drugs didn’t directly precipitate the Welfare State and the destruction of  the American black family, why did welfare aid to families spike in lockstep with our  prison population right as that War started?  Well, if you’re familiar American drug laws, it shouldn’t surprise you that some 90% of those arrested under the Rockefeller Drug Laws in the years after its passage were minorities.

    Sure, correlation doesn’t prove causation – but when you stop a moment and consider that marriage requires an eligible male, it’s not that hard to figure out why the modern Welfare State emerged in tandem with our War on Drugs, as it’s a little bit difficult to marry someone behind bars:
    A black male born in 1974 had a 13.4% chance of going to prison at some point in his life, while a white male had just a 2.2% chance.  And it’s not like this trend got any better, by 1991 the odds a black male would spend time in prison had ballooned to 29%, while the odds a white male would end up in the clink had only increased to 4.4%
    And it’s not at all difficult to see how the reduction in marriageable males affected the rate of black marriages in America. In the decade prior to the start of the War on Drugs, the first decade of the Public Welfare Amendments, the percentage of married African-American women roughly followed the national trend and declined proportionally by less than 6% – but then in the ’70s as the War on Drugs raged, that proportional decline tripled to nearly 18%.

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