By Melvin Lorenzo Kelly
The purpose of the African American Business Project is to promote African American economic independence and empowerment in the United States for present and future African American generations. In every newsletter I like to talk about obtaining our economic independence and the condition and situations we are living in today especially throughout urban America. I am a strong believer that obtaining our economic independence in America is two folded. Urban revitalization and economic empowerment. (Manufacturing, wholesale and retail). There is a work that needs to be activated and completed in order to accomplish this goal and volunteers are needed.
Very gently in this newsletter I would like to share some information with you related to violence in music and genocide in the African American race. But before I do so let me share some information with you related to African slavery along with our collective economic status.
African Americans collectively earn approximately 1.3 trillion dollars annually in America and over 80% of what we earn and spend goes into the hand, pockets and bank accounts of another race of people. Which equals over 850 billion dollars annually. African Americans operate approximately 2.6 million business in the United States, but 80% of them are of sole proprietorship with no employees. It is time for a change. And the only way this situation is going to change is when we change our spending habits, investments and banking habits nationwide collectively.
There is no uglier mental or physical activity on the planet that is or was worse than human slavery. I could share some information with you in this newsletter related to the first arrival of slaves in the United States in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, or the arrival of Christopher Columbus with his slaves on the island of Saint-Dominque in 1492 which was renames named Haiti after the Haitian Revolution 1791 – 1803. How about Nat Turner (October 2, 1800 – November 11, 1831) who was an enslaved mystical preacher who led a two-day rebellion of both enslaved and free black people in Southhampton County, Virginia, beginning August 21, 1831.
Please come and go on a short journey with me between the time period of 1650 – 1860 when approximately 10 to 15 million African slaves were kidnapped, and transported from Western Africa (Angola, Congo, Cameron, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, West Africa, etc.…) to the Americas. Most of them were shipped to the West Indies, Central America, Mexico, and South America (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Guyana, Columbia, etc.…)
The world is full of turmoil and only the strong will survive. Not the strong physically, but those that are strong mentally and spiritually wrapped up and sealed in the Word of God.
Every country in the world and every city in the United States that once had slaves is under attack by drugs and gang violence. Which is a form of genocide.
Some of the worse and most dangerous cities in South America are; Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Where there is police involvement in the illegal transportation of drugs and human trafficking which makes the city very unsafe. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Drugs, gang violence, street theft, target tourist, safety and security problems. Caracas, Venezuela; Illegal drug activity supported by big business corporations (drug lords) San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Street killings and murder, the murder capital of the world.
Well, we have some of the most dangerous cities in the world also right here in America; St Louis Missouri, a predominately black major city with much disparity between the rich and the poor, making the poor people feel even more underprivileged, street crime is high, rape cases, and much exchange of gun fire. Bessemer, AL; Detroit, MI; Baltimore, MD, Memphis, TN; Chicago, IL; Flint, MI; Gadsden, AL; Wilmington, DE; Little Rock, AR, etc.….
Drugs and gang violence in America have crippled our African American prosperity and snuffed out the lives of many young African Americans, filled up grave yards and overcrowded the Whiteman’s prison system which is a new form of slavery in America. With more than 1,000,000 African Americans locked up and a countless number on probation.
The United States of America has a form of government known as Democracy, not Authoritarian, Totalitarian or Communism. But when do we legally draw the line and say that enough is enough, and that the promotion of violence in music will no longer be accepted or tolerated? Especially if the lyrics in a song is promoting the selling of illegal drugs, shooting innocent individuals for gang initiation, rape, murder, hate crimes, home invasion, etc.….
I am asking you to join me today by writing your local officials and members of the Congressional Black Caucus pertaining to this matter. Let’s build a better world for future African Americans.
Because of multi-culturalism and greed, the United States has become a nation consisting of every foul spirit in the world. There are approximately 200 countries in the world, 2,400 religions and over 6,800 spoken. Not only have our world become excessively violent because of drugs, gang violence and terroristic behaviors, some people throughout the world will desire to kill you because of your religious belief. Stay in America and build up America. In conclusion of this newsletter let me share some words of inspiration with you from the Bible.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of the sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he mediates day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1