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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Kuumba!

(k'OOM-bah)

Black folk are some of the most creative people on the planet - we gave the world Jazz and Hip Hop and we put mad flava in the NBA and NFL, from Dr. J to Chad Johnson. Dr. Charles Drew created a way for life to be preserved through the transfusion of blood while George Washington Carver freaked the peanut so well that it gave birth to hundreds of new ideas and products. We are truly a creative people.

Kuumba.

What we must do now - as much as we can, in the way we can - is to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. That is the 6th principle of Kwanzaa, Kuumba. How do we do that? We do that by making it our collective purpose to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Each of us have our own purposes, our own agendas, but one purpose that we should all have in common is the benefit of our community - making our community better and more beautiful. We do that through cooperative economics - through patronizing our own businesses, through cooperating with one another such that our businesses are only dependant upon Black folk, through financial independence. We do that through collective work and responsibility - building and maintaining our community together, making our brothers' and sisters' problems our own problems, and solving them together. We do that through self-determination - defining ourselves, naming ourselves, creating for ourselves and speaking for ourselves. And we can only do that if we are unified, striving for and maintaining unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Someone once said that if you keep on doing what you're doing you'll keep on getting what you're getting. I don't know about you but I say that it's time for something different, time for something better, time for us to get up off of our do-nothing and do something for the advancement of our families, community, nation and race. Too many of us are having a pot-luck dinner in the middle of a combat zone - it's time to put down the ham sandwich and get into the struggle. Learn the essentials of economics and create opportunities for yourself and your brothers and sisters to survive and thrive in this hostile world - it's time for the hunted to become the hunters. Let us come together and create that opportunity - divided we are but cattle for the economic slaughter.

Kuumba.

Emancipated by Athanasius @ 9:45 AM

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