If you’ve read part 1 & 2 then you’ll know that everything we can do to help ourselves starts with unity. If you didn’t read parts one and two, I’ll sum them up really quick: 1. The art of boycotting. 2. Starting neighborhood watch programs (for criminals & police) in black communities. Please go and read both of those!
Do you think your community is dirty and gross? Organize a group and clean it up. Introduce recycling programs, non-littering campaigns, etc. Are you sick of the crime rates in your neighborhood? Stop complaining and do something about it. Put together a neighborhood watch (What We Can Do Pt. 2). The “Ghetto” doesn’t have to be this terrible place full of crime and poverty.
We have carpenters, electricians, craftsmen, cleaners, painters, financial advisers, investors, inventors, mechanics, engineers, average handy(wo)men, and the list goes on. With all of these different types of skills and talents…why do we have so many abandoned shops, buildings, and homes?
If we can get 3 or more families together to pitch in and open a shop, “not having enough money” will be water under the bridge. So don’t try to use it as an excuse. Working as one will help build trust and strengthen relationships. Let’s just make sure we have trustworthy people handling the money because the love of money seems to make everyone bat-sh*t-crazy.
It all starts with an idea. What businesses do we need in our communities? Check out my blog post: Businesses/Things I Need More Black People to Own/Sell. Sit down with those whom you want to start a business with and brainstorm. Instead of creating more hair salons,start opening hair supply stores. Besides opening a restaurant, you can open a grocery store. Consider opening a dispensary (if it’s legal in your state). Make furniture and sell it.
Now, aside from creating businesses, let’s think about other things we can do. We need more recycling dumpsters in our communities. Something we can do before the dumpsters roll in is stop littering and pick up the trash that’s currently polluting our neighborhoods. This is all a part of community development and no one is going to do it for us. Find other volunteers and occasionally set aside some time to gain control of the clutter problem. Sign your kids up to do it if they have no other constructive activities. Teach them the importance/benefits of keeping their communities clean.
Community development doesn’t have to be all work and no play. We can start up a community theater. Showcase artwork from local artists. Have a “Musicians Play Day” where local musicians can perform their songs. Cook offs. Festivals & parades can be organized. Let’s have some fun! What else are we going to do? Be miserable?
Rebuild the Black community and make it thrive again. Have meetings so you can decide what you all want for your communities and how you’ll achieve those things. You can work on getting grants and try crowdfunding. Or you can just work with what you currently have. Black communities matter just as much as black lives. Let’s re-create Black Wall-street instead of constantly talking about it in a past tense. Side Note: Community policing can help make our neighborhoods indestructible.