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A.B.C. : African Bartering Community

Barter: “to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money; to swap”

 

 

 

Bartering is as old as time. A few tomato seeds for a pail of fresh water.

What if we could cut out the middleman and trade DIRECTLY with each other?

Blacks in America are the largest consumers of all the racial groups combined. We buy EVERYTHING from someone else but make very little ourselves. After the prosperity of Black Wall Street, which was intentionally destroyed, the United States government devised a very diabolical plan.

The black dollar must leave our wallets every 15 minutes.

Soon, other immigrant races were given stipends and free grants to open up shop in our neighbourhoods. Cheap plastic goods, stale and rotted meats, liquor and tobacco stores, check cashing places and slum lords were made rich off of our despair.

Even though they too were considered minorities and a lesser class, they filled the government’s purpose magnificently:

The black dollar must leave our wallets every 15 minutes.

Our black owned farms that offered us fresh, wholesome foods went belly up due to soaring government taxes. They were then taken over by whites at cheaper prices so they could provide the white community with organic nutritious meals.

Wanna know something?

Today, in 2015, absolutely NOTHING has changed.

 

The two things I’ve learned about white supremacy are:

  1. Expecting your enemy to change is insanity
  2. Doing nothing to help your own situation is a greater form of insanity

 

We may not wish to hear this but we are to be partially blamed for our dire predicament.

Why?

Because we have the power to change things but lack the will.

Remember the door swings both ways…

 

  1. What is African Bartering Community?

 

A.B.C. is a worldwide, black organization designed to cut out the monetary middleman and barter (trade) strictly with other blacks for goods.

 

2. How does A.B.C. work?

 

A.B.C. works quite simply. A group of willing blacks must coordinate a gathering, like someone’s backyard, a flea market, a church social, etc, where goods are exchanged without money. Value must be determined individually and once agreed upon, a loving and equal exchange must take place.

Example #1: I need a pick up truck. My black neighbour needs a riding lawn mower. We swap goods without the use of money and shake hands to finalize the deal.

 

    3. Why is this a good practice? Isn’t money always needed?

 

Blacks are, unfortunately, the largest group of consumers in America.

(The black dollar must leave our wallets every 15 minutes.)

We buy more than what we really need to survive and purchase those goods from other races. By cutting out the middleman, we SAVE money for other things and build much-needed TRUST within our people.

Did you know that there are groups of people living within the U.S. that operate mostly (as much as possible) without the use of money for goods? My own next door neighbour swaps root vegetables for firewood and has been doing that for many years with SUCCESS! He trades with other whites in our farming community. The only people who are intentionally left out of this practice are the few black families that live here.

Money has always been around in some form, like cowry shells, since the beginning but it is possible to LESSEN our infatuation with money. Yes, I said infatuation. BLACK PEOPLE LOVE MONEY. And we love having lots of stuff. The more stuff we acquire, the greater sense of self worth we falsely obtain.

By lessening our dependence on the monetary middleman, we take back our power and our dignity. We build stronger communities based on trust, which we lack. We begin to rely on each other once again for survival thus making us stronger as a unified group.

 

      4. How do I join and why should I?

 

When George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin and we learned that Skittles funded his lawyer, that was a perfect opportunity for us to show our power and our self love by refraining from buying Skittles candies. The door swings both ways. We can refrain from supporting racist organizations simply by NOT giving them our money.

We can take back our pride by simply refusing to cooperate with any company that we feel is degrading to our people…worldwide. When Tommy Hilfiger stated that he “didn’t make his clothes for black people” that was our opportunity to cut him out of the black community FOREVER and give our support to the struggling black clothing companies around the globe. Instead we got angry and insisted that we had the right to wear his clothing.

What were the results?

Tommy became richer and more famous (or infamous) and the black dollar left our pockets.

(The black dollar must leave our wallets every 15 minutes)

Who’s to blame?

We are.

We are so desperate to be loved we do not care even if it’s from someone who hates us.

 

Joining A.B.C. takes a few things that the black community must work on for we are weak in these areas.

The first thing is organization.

We have been lulled into a hazy sleep and are disoriented when it comes to organizing. The simplest way to begin is in your own neighbourhood. Start small. Pass on this post to as many blacks as possible and begin conversing on how to set it up. Your conversation should include the following things:

  1. A meeting place
  2. An determined and focused organizer
  3. Goods to be exchanged

 

Again, places can include someone’s yard, their basement or an open flea market. Exchange phone numbers and emails to the person you wish to trade with. Decide what you’ll be trading and remember that once the trade has taken place it is FINAL and no negative feelings are to be shown.

You are trying to re-build trust and love, not start a fight or argument.

 

 

Finally, there’s much discussion about the wave of immigrants, especially Coloured immigrants, coming to America and opening stores in our neighbourhoods. You know why they are doing well? Because we give them our money! They are simply doing what whites have done for centuries; taking advantage of the most oppressed race and making money (exploiting) off of them.

I’ve been saying for years that black people’s need to be loved and included by anyone who sorta-kinda looks like us will be our downfall. The other races have consistently demonstrated that they don’t give a damn about us and are happy that we are sliding further and further down the economic ladder.

That gives them more opportunity to get closer to their colonial masters.

They use us as a stepping stone for economic stability and benefit from our fight for equal rights to better themselves. Then when they “make it”, they spit in our faces.

Who’s fault is it?

Ours.

 

For we are a hard-headed, disgruntled, disoriented, intra-competitive and envious group bent set on inclusion.

The time has come for us to stop trying to “hold hands” with the browish-tanish-yellowish-golden “others” and begin doing for self. No one can make us do better. It must come from desire within oneself.

 

Please pass on this post to others and begin your own African Bartering Community. Start today. Call your neighbour/ friend/ cousin and begin conversing. You might find out that they’ve been wanting to do the same thing but didn’t know how to begin!

 

Since the holiday season is upon us, I’ll do a post on black owned businesses for those that wish to support the black community with monetary means.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last year on Black Friday, my blogger buddy suggested that I begin my mission of turning Black Friday, a horrible and painful reminder of our holocaust, into Black Empowerment Day. Then I thought:

Why only that one day? Why not EVERY DAY?

So here I am asking all of you to shop within our communities globally and keep the wealth within our Melanin Family. The process is called Ujamaa (ooo jah ma) and means Collective Economics. Why do I keep asking all of us to do this simple yet daunting task? Because Collective Economics gives way to:

Black Pride

Reliance on each other

Building stronger Black Networks

Building stronger Black Communities

 

Did you know that the Black dollar leaves us every 15 minutes? A far cry from Black Wall Street when the Black Dollar circulated at least 15-20 times before it left our tiny community. The results were quite astounding: We were millionaires.

This year alone the projected amount of “Black spending power” NOT within our communities will hit over one Trillion dollars. Can you imagine what one trillion dollars can do for us? Did you know that Nigeria’s economy is booming? They have:

Movie Theaters

Car Manufacturers

Fashion and Design School and Shows

Resturants

Hotels

Nollywood (their version of Hollywood)

Farming and Agriculture

Clothing and Design Companies

Jewelry Manufacturers

Hospitals

and everything they need to survive and thrive. They even make, produce and distribute their own coffee and tea! How is this possible, you ask? They stick together. They support each other. They rely on each other. And they practice Cooperative Economics. The one thing that we fail to do here in the west.

Support our businesses. Shop Black and buy Black.

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(Old Man Soap Set) Great for Men’s Birthday or as a gift.

Old Lady Soap Series/ Women's Soap Gift Set/ Ladies Birthday Gifts/ Graduation and Mother's Day Gifts

 

(Old Lady Soap Set) Great for Mother’s Day or a Woman’s birthday.

Spiritual Altar Flower Candle Holder/ Orisha Candle Holder/ Prayer CandleHolder/ Breaking Negative Energy  and Hexes~ Made To Order

Deity Colour-Coordinated Altar Candle Holder (tealight)

 

Handcrafted Incense Burner/ Deity Inspired Flower Shaped Incense Burner/ Meditation Incense Burner

Deity Colour-Coordinated Altar Incense Burner (stick or cone)

Organic Carbolic Soap. If you’re from the islands, you’ll know how effective this is.

 

Available at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/UrbanFireProducts

 

Support our companies and begin Black Empowerment Day today.

Sankofa: An African Collective Company

I’m working on Sankofa: An African Collective Company.

Sankofa, which is Ghanaian for “Return and Fetch It”, will be an African company and the ultimate symbol of togetherness. As Originals, we owe it to our past, present and future to think black, live black and progress black. When I spoke to a good friend of mine and she told me that Asians were taking control of her industry while she watched utterly powerless as blacks patronized their shops, I knew that something had to be done!

Black Family, we control NOTHING!

We own NOTHING!

We produce NOTHING!

Yet be brag about our “purchasing power.” That is utterly ludicrous. The black dollar does not turn over ONCE, not once! Yet we rush to buy Baby Phat clothing, Micheal Jordan sneakers and headphones from Dr. Dre. Ask yourselves one question: What are these Negroes doing for their community? Then why do you continue to patronize them? Why buy from Asians and Jews who give nothing back to your community except cheap materials and foul language when you enter their stores? Buy black and black only!

Shaquanda Mattox, a very talented young woman, will be commissioned for her variation of this icon bird:

Sankofa Bird

Remember her, by the way? She made me this along with X, my good buddy:

Shaquanda and X's Design

Shaquanda and X’s Design

Here is her store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/127440527/i-am-not-my-hair?ref=v1_other_2

And there’s the very talented Charmaine of the Tambo Collection:

I brought this from her as my head scarf! I also have her necklaces. Please do not buy from Asians. Charmaine has all that you need in her beautiful African store. Visit her here:

http://www.tambocollection.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/tambocollection?ref=shop_sugg

And the very talented Trojan Pam:

I brought Death of a Dark Nation, an incredible read! Please support her blog and her books. Do not buy from Amazon or Borders. Pam has all that you need to know about the black struggle including ways to uplift and educate yourself.

Visit her here: http://racismws.com/bookstore/

And the beautiful Megan Dorsey:

Megan modeling her clothes

Who searches for vintage finds and brings them to your neighbourhood! Why buy from Jay-Z who does nothing to help or support the black community? Megan is available and willing to give your wardrobe elegance and style. Visit her here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeventhVintage?ref=seller_info_count

And the Goddess herself, Ajua Love:

Who practices deep African meditation and sells healing crystals for your mind and soul. Why shop with Jewish stores for 3 times the price? Keep the money with within our community and visit Ajua here: http://ajualuv.storenvy.com/

Then we have the artistic, curvaceous beauty, NZinga of Infiniteeart:

CHUBB T-Shirt

Who makes prints that will make your jaw drop! I brought this tee from her:

Afro Tee

Buy a tee this summer from her here:

http://www.infiniteeart.com/

Mr. Marcus Kwame, the soulful artist:

Rita Marley

Who deserves to have his pictures and drawings hung from your walls. Why buy from European stores when you can have a piece of authentic black art? Visit him here:

http://www.marcuskwame.com

And for your organic skin and hair care needs, now including pets!

DSCN0306[1] Woof ‘N Hoof: Organic Animal Shampoo

UrbanFire Products is having a June sale on hair care products and soaps. Buy any three products, get a free bar of soap! I need to move my inventory to make room for the fall collection so support my shop! I also have a referral program. Check it out here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/urbanfireproducts

This truly takes a joint effort on all of our parts. When I need fabric, I know where to go. The same for books and jewelry. It is a conscious choice to shop black, think black, breathe black, eat black, sleep black and function black. Other races know, instinctively, that they either stick together or die. They do not need to plead with each other and beg for “assistance” of any kind. It is an almost unspoken rule that they must function together…collectively, like a well oiled machine lest they perish.

Dr. Anderson’s wife gave me grim statistics on our future and it’s not hard to see these changes taking place; from the closing of black schools, to the closing of black-owned farms, to the taking over of the 9th ward in L.A. by rich, white land owners and developers, to our children having nothing to eat but fried, greasy food and finally, to the re-colonization of Africa by the Chinese, the Koreans and the Japanese. We must take responsibility for each other and our actions and consciously Return and Fetch It.

Once I asked my Chinese friend how her people could just come here with nothing and in 5 years have supermarkets, spice stores, laundromats and the like. Her response? “We don’t compete with each other and there’s no jealousy.” Blacks are the only race who feel angry, envious and competitive when one of us is trying to be successful. Slavery has done a number on us but it’s not too late to fix it. I’ve been told, unfortunately, by the black business owners that I’ve promoted here about other races trying to sabotage them and take business away from them. They only way that can work is if we fall for it! If we do not support other races, they’ll have no economical power over us.

Every other race will promote each other’s businesses by word of mouth. No advertising needed. It is this method that we must employ to have success with each other. Amos Wilson, amongst others, taught us that when you create a black-only organization and keep the money circulating between us, everybody wins. If only one person has 100 dollars they are limited. If 1,000 people have 100 dollars each and pool their money together and buy just from each other, they create automatic wealth.

When you start black owned businesses, no matter how small, everybody wins. When you tell every single person you know to shop with Miss Pam for books or email Shaquanda for graphic arts, or buy from Charmaine for African clothing and prints, we all win. Sankofa will be a work in progress but I cannot do it alone! WE HAVE 1 TRILLION DOLLARS IN SPENDING MONEY YET WE HAVE NOTHING OF OUR OWN! Consumer power is a farce if you are giving money to people who do not look like you! I need your help…ALL of you. Please pass this around to as many Africans as possible and urge them to buy black. If you know of anyone, and I do mean anyone, who has a black owned business, please send them here to this post. When they make a comment, I’ll have their email addresses and I’ll contact them personally and write a post on them. This includes ALL black companies like, plumbing, hair salons, seamstresses, chefs, etc…As long as it’s black, I will not turn them down. And it’s FREE.

Let’s return and fetch it.

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