6 Minimalist Principles for Black Liberation (Part 2)

hey guys sup you learn to hear and I am back with part two minimalism or black liberation today I'm going to be talking about minimalist principles and how they can apply to the black liberation movement so the major aim of the black liberation movement is for black people to gain the right self-determination self-determination means that you control your own life so by extension self-determination in the context of the weatherization movement is that black people want the right to control their communities economically culturally and politically so here are the minimal principles and I'm going to break down each one and how they can apply to the liberation struggle the first principle is you are enough we have to acknowledge that we are enough we don't have to be perceived as equal to other groups of people to affirm ourselves the self of Steel black folks needs to be considered as well as rolled mental health care in our communities how we feel about ourselves individually and collectively is central to our liberation the emotional scars of racism prejudice internalized oppression and violence mass incarceration poverty and police brutality cannot be minimized our healing is our priority killing also facilitates a mindset change liberation is in the mind and education and experience affects this change we cannot depend on the public education system to accurately teach our culture and history learning begins with each individual and we have unprecedented access to information in this age we also have to tell our stories whether we tell it to someone we trust via art or performance blogs or other formats we have to share our experiences to heal and learn from each other the second principle is exist on your own terms this person will speaks to our need for self-sufficiency the reality is that we don't control our communities economically politically and in some cases culturally gentrification is also taken its toll on urban communities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries there were hundreds of black-owned communities but why do these communities disappear some were murdered by terrorism and races zoning policies while others were simply abandoned migration waves and integration also changed the face of our communities but it doesn't explain why we haven't reestablished those communities ironically since the state are now shows that more young black Americans are moving back to the south but the residential segregation is still prevalent in this country's increased political involvement all and all elbows is also necessary though it is only one part of the process to be counter and insert our priorities we must show up and participate particularly at the local and state levels where we can see the efforts of our participation more immediately but we will not rely solely on any government body to effect social change in our lives entrepreneurship is on the rise among black people particularly in the digital world still many communities lack black owned businesses that cater to the basic needs of the community such as its food sources health care transportation education employment and adequate housing there is definitely a link between entrepreneurship and community building if we can supply the needs and once of our communities then welcome remain in those communities longer the third principle is let go of what does not serve you there's no room for misogyny sexism ableism homophobia transphobia classism ethnocentrism or any other oppression that we heap on each other within our communities divisive this is not serving us it's okay to be critical of one another but what are we going to bridge the gaps of understanding can we accept constructive criticism as an attempt to uplift rather than attack unhealthy habits needs to be shared also we have to address the major health issues that disproportionately impact the black population additionally we must deal with the environmental impact of our habits and surroundings we can also let go of our savior complex expecting black leaders to live up to an idealized version of past leaders keeps us stuck we do not we do need to hold our leaders accountable or recognize that they are humans and fallible we each have to accept responsibility of being leaders in our own homes families and communities for principle is make space for what matters we have to make space for each other there is no such thing as being too black or not black enough all that people don't do one thing or another we are culturally diverse and highlighting our diversity is necessary for advancing our liberation it's also important to welcome people back into the community who have been previously incarcerated they should have access to needed resources to become full participants in our communities and not relegate to the periphery or shame for their past let's continue with our festivals conferences and traditions while creating new spaces for blacks to inhabit we must continue to innovate and celebrate and own our cultural and historical legacy the cultivation of safe spaces while protecting our communities from enter external threats it's integral to our ability to positively express ourselves culturally economically and politically this principle is valued things that money cannot buy with integration and other national trends of the last 50 years a large focus has been placed on financial and material gains black people prove it could be as valuable of consumers as the majority but our quest for stuff has not led to social economic or political equality our firmness on material gain has been a form of slavery our relationships dreams experiences and cultural life legacies deserve prioritization over material things we are not defined by what we have but rather what we do to affect change the sixth principle is using resources responsibly environmental financial and material resources must be managed properly in our communities this includes embracing green living and ways to reduce our carbon footprint also improving our health and environment by employing indoor gardening communal gardening and supporting black farmers additionally promoting financial literacy creating more thrift businesses and organizations to our cycle and purchase affordable goods establishing benevolent and saving societies will increase investment in our communities creating a financial culture of scholarship turtle action micro loading and venture capitalism will allow seized our collective buying power of over 1 trillion dollars to redirect funds into our communities instead of into the hands of profiteering corporations if we are to leave a legacy for future generations we have to create diverse wealth generating systems that can be sustained and easily passed alone and I leave you with this quote you don't need more time you just have to decide we must start where we are with what we have if you've noticed all the ideas that I mentioned have Heaven proposed before we already had the answers and we have the resources to secure our liberation by any means necessary we just have to act and take back our communities I will include sources for some of the information that I mentioned and the videos down below in the description box let me know what you thought of these principles and how I applied them to the black liberation movement what would you add for your thoughts thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next one peace

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