Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The 2008 State Of Black America On Black Women

I'm gonna have to disagree with my buddy and blogging sister SheCodes on this one. Before you get your hair and nails done on the 1st of the month, you need to go to The Urban League's website and pick-up both the 2007 and 2008 State of Black America reports. Black folks always need to be informed! These reports are compiled from the Urban League's think tank comprised of black folk. We need to support, read, and critique their work! Purchasing these reports also supports The Urban League, so if your lazy butt has not given any donation to a black organization in a hot minute, here is your chance. For cheap asses, at least read the free abstracts!

Black folks need to stop complaining about observed, watched, critiqued, and reviewed, WE ARE A VERY FASCINATING TRAIN WRECK STILL RUMBLING DOWN THE TRACKS! Yes, we need a game plan and we need to take action on it, but too many of us know absolutely nothing! I don't want to battle with ill-informed warriors. If you didn't like the MSNBC profile on black women and the soon to be another slanted profile on black men and women on CNN in June, then take the time to find out if our own people did any better by reading The Urban League report! In fact, buy all the reports for the last five years and read them!


Naima April 29, 2008 at 2:07 PM  

To be honest, I live in a black community so I don't need to read this report to tell me things that I knew was going on 5-10 years ago and things I have seen throughout my life. I may be wrong and cynical but I thought they only made these reports so they can donations from white philantropist.
Please school me if my notions are wrong.

SheCodes April 29, 2008 at 3:14 PM  

"Black folks need to stop complaining about observed, watched, critiqued, and reviewed, WE ARE A VERY FASCINATING TRAIN WRECK STILL RUMBLING DOWN THE TRACKS! "

ROFL, Professor Tracey. To be fair, I used to give to the Urban League until I realized that they haven't accomplished anything in ages. After attending yet another ridiculously lavish gala, I walked away from them.

However, you do have a point -- some people are completely ignorant, but are these people reading this stuff? Nope.

I propose that we start a 3 day Television blackout for African Americans, where we READ instead of watching TV. I swear, knowing some of my buddies, the earth will switch axis and start revolving backwards, and we will break the space/time continuum if the TV gets shut off, LOL.

Anyway, can't wait to talk to you tonight on the podcast.

focusedpurpose April 29, 2008 at 8:32 PM  

hi there-

Naima, i don't think you are wrong at all.

history is crucial. if one studies the history of "black" organizations and institutions they would find that these same orgs & inst. were founded/funded by white folks.

so, i think we should all be hip to the saying "paying the cost to be the boss".

for this reason, organizations that spend a lot of time and paper analyzing the victims/survivors of white supremacy/racism/oppression are on the wrong team. black folks aready know we are suffering and dying in large numbers. studies that put in black and white for the white folks and scary black folks the facts, and non stop business of good ole american as apple pie white supremacists--- with the mandate for black folks to get united, clannish, real and fearless promptly in fighting for their survival would be a better indication of whose side the report makers are on. these reports i will read. i am not interested to read about how successful the planned genocide is!

peep the history, these orgs and hbcus were the brainchildren of white folks. whose interests have white folks consistently demonstrated they will kill, steal, rape, rob, murder, and lie to protect?

thank you Professor Tracey for a thought provoking post.


faith April 30, 2008 at 4:33 PM  

Most public libraries have a reference copy of these reports so you can read them for free!

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