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"Black Future Month, redux."


  

          

i'm back on that again.


basically, i'm looking for a vision that takes where we are as a people as a starting point, and says, if we had to do it ALL by ourselves, where would we be in 5 years, 10 years, 20, thirty? what do we need to do now to position ourselves for where we want to be and need to be in the future? LexM (i think), had posted this before, and it didn't get archived, but i promised to revisit the topic. (i'm also on deadline for an article on the same subject and although i have most of it in my mind, y'all are very insightful and i'm not ruling out other perspectives).

in sci fi, notice that back in the day, you never saw blacks in the 'future'. eff all that, we need to put ourselves there. (an although aunt jemima got a perm and jar jar is a senator now, we can 'do better').

i'm outlining some broad areas for focus, and want to form the basis for extrapolation in an almost sci-fi sense, where you take a set of conditions and (hopefully) intelligently hypothesize how that can play itself out over the coming years.


Technology - this has transformative potential. society and economy can be swept up and rapidly changed by technological advance, for good or ill. look at the rise of the 'net. and the fact that we communicate across thousands of miles and share ideas. people are talking digital divide, yada, yada, and truth is that we should have been more prepared, but i think we've done pretty well
***what new trends should we be aware of?
***what should we be wary of? (i called it on microchipping of dogs 3yrs ago, now some dude in florida 'voluntarily' got chips for him and his fam b/c of some dire medical condition. what i'd said a few years ago was that they'd lead with the beneficial sh*t, and then do a norplant move, targeting certain folks for their own good, like drug addicts, prisoners, etc)
***cashless society?

Economy - the old 'sweat of our brow' jobs are going away, quickly, and we need to be sure that we aim for the right targets, as opposed to wasting efforts. even to fix cars, nowadays, you hafta know computers and own expensive diagnostic equipment, which requires investment (if you do your thing under the shade tree) or getting down with a big company. anecdotally, i've noticed a lot of folks from my generation (early to mid thirties) getting into 'ownership', rehabbing houses, owning investment property. this is both folks who went the college route, and ex-drug dealers (a lot of whom are ahead of the game, having parlayed previous profits). its an interesting counterpoint to gentrification.
***impact of globalization? (do we take a principled stand, form pragmatic alliances, or work blindly in ignorance of short term or strategic self-interest?).
***increasing need for education to even participate in economy
***ownership (plight of black farmers? new class of landlords)
***supplemental education in financial matters (this isn't taught at all in public schools, but we definitely need to do something on our own. work w/ kids, volunteer to do credit counseling, educate folks on homebuying. investment vs. saving).

Society - rapid changes here. race remains the daily drama. do we see us getting past that (mongrelization of culture - whites have long looked to blacks in US for cutting edge for pop culture, but is degree of wiggerism (i'll find a better word) today somehow more endemic or lasting? i read a sci-fi book (don't remember which) predicting that in the 80's, young people would file their teeth like certain tribes in the amazon and africa. i was at disney 2 weeks ago, and saw white kids (of the pierced variety) w/ disks in their ears like some indigenous people in africa (where the ear lobes and lips are stretched using increasingly larger disks/objects until they are like big hoops of flesh). it was bugged out.
*** multiculturalism - how do we deal w/ imminent (second biggest minority status)?

leadership- will we ever get past the all the eggs in one basket approach we've favored for so long (which is so very, very prone to disruption by assassination and other dirty tricks in the interest of democracy).


there's more, but this is long enough for now. holla back.

peace & blessings,

x.






peace & blessings,

x.

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Black Future Month, redux. [View all] , poetx, Mon Jul-01-02 06:49 AM
 
Subject Author Message Date ID
correction, i think it was guerilla_love
Jul 01st 2002
1
i am lexm
Jul 01st 2002
2
      so i was right and wrong at the same time?
Jul 01st 2002
3
      well sht
Jul 01st 2002
4
      well, guess i'll have to read this now
Jul 16th 2002
82
RE: Black Future Month, redux.
Jul 01st 2002
5
u really
Jul 02nd 2002
13
oh no...FUCK this.
Jul 16th 2002
84
      yeah it's screwed
Jul 16th 2002
87
           lol
Jul 16th 2002
92
In the future
Jul 01st 2002
6
I think for sure
Jul 01st 2002
7
yep. in non-exploitative means
Jul 08th 2002
40
thanx, y'all, love y'all.
Jul 01st 2002
8
Gracias
Jul 02nd 2002
14
excerpt from the original column:
Jul 01st 2002
9
as far as the arts...
Jul 01st 2002
10
Good shit.
Jul 01st 2002
11
here's what i've been thinkin about
Jul 02nd 2002
12
whatcha thinkin'
Jul 02nd 2002
15
catching up
Jul 02nd 2002
16
      RE: catching up
Jul 02nd 2002
19
           nondevelopments
Jul 02nd 2002
22
convenience
Jul 02nd 2002
17
I agree totally
Jul 02nd 2002
18
stairs blender and fridge
Jul 02nd 2002
20
      you are right
Jul 02nd 2002
21
           JA
Jul 02nd 2002
23
all excellent points.
Jul 02nd 2002
25
      in a lot of cases
Jul 02nd 2002
26
           exactly...I guess
Jul 02nd 2002
27
                that's because the developers
Jul 02nd 2002
28
beautifully stated
Jul 16th 2002
85
      you do that, too (10 books...)
Jul 16th 2002
89
           bona fide book junkie
Jul 16th 2002
91
           we need a support group or suttin.
Jul 16th 2002
93
           FINCH!!!
Jul 16th 2002
94
y'know,
Jul 02nd 2002
24
RE: Black Future Month, redux.
Jul 02nd 2002
29
skip gates is the man.
Jul 02nd 2002
30
upperation.
Jul 02nd 2002
31
^up...what the hell happened to the board? shit.
Jul 02nd 2002
32
too bad
Jul 03rd 2002
33
long ass post by samuel r. delany
Jul 03rd 2002
34
Good article - now a long-ass reply
Jul 03rd 2002
35
      wow. great ideas...
Jul 03rd 2002
36
           I love Dune
Jul 08th 2002
38
                that 'fly' idea sounds original.
Jul 08th 2002
39
                     LOL!!!
Jul 08th 2002
41
up
Jul 08th 2002
37
d to tha itto. (thanks, g).
Jul 08th 2002
45
article's done.
Jul 08th 2002
42
Okay-curriculum
Jul 08th 2002
43
utamoroho was putting together
Jul 08th 2002
44
too bad
Jul 09th 2002
46
Dang!
Jul 09th 2002
47
      what we tried to do
Jul 09th 2002
48
           that would be dope.
Jul 09th 2002
49
                RE: that would be dope.
Jul 09th 2002
50
                for me, starting small
Jul 09th 2002
52
                     See that's specialized to me
Jul 09th 2002
54
                          that's why
Jul 10th 2002
57
                we shd resurrect that listserve
Jul 09th 2002
51
                     no doubt.
Jul 09th 2002
53
check frederisco's post
Jul 16th 2002
86
      Thanks - I will
Jul 16th 2002
88
skills co-op.
Jul 09th 2002
55
I think this is necessary
Jul 09th 2002
56
yes
Jul 10th 2002
59
i remember reading
Jul 10th 2002
60
that's a great idea!
Jul 10th 2002
58
skills bartering network.
Jul 15th 2002
80
      i always wished
Jul 16th 2002
81
Self Defense
Jul 10th 2002
61
our ability to stand up
Jul 10th 2002
62
      LOL
Jul 10th 2002
63
      what does it entail exactly?
Jul 10th 2002
64
           I got an idea
Jul 10th 2002
65
                You are wild....
Jul 10th 2002
66
                Yeah but
Jul 10th 2002
67
                     My thing is this....
Jul 10th 2002
68
                          Sure it's a crime
Jul 10th 2002
69
                          One more thing ....
Jul 11th 2002
73
                i like building with you.
Jul 10th 2002
70
                     u should get that produced
Jul 11th 2002
71
                     Same here bud
Jul 11th 2002
72
ups-a-daisy
Jul 11th 2002
74
yeh, i'm not ready for this one to die yet
Jul 12th 2002
75
      thanks. the article ran.
Jul 12th 2002
76
           You did a story on that?
Jul 12th 2002
77
                i mentioned it in my column
Jul 12th 2002
78
                     up
Jul 12th 2002
79
i'll have a real reply
Jul 16th 2002
83
ok. my thing is
Jul 16th 2002
90
a step in the right direction
Jul 16th 2002
95
give thanks!
Jul 16th 2002
96
      Do we need another Different World?
Jul 16th 2002
97
           don't the Wayans Bros.
Jul 16th 2002
98
Damn...more like a dollar, but I cosign.
Jul 19th 2002
101
up. not me, close to Activist Platinum?
Jul 18th 2002
99
plat-i-num baby
Jul 19th 2002
100
Archive and ^^^^^
Jul 19th 2002
102

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