"The unemployment gap between blacks and whites in this country only widened at 1960 at integration. After slavery more and more black towns become self-sustaining until integration or until they were burned down by racists.
Vibrant neighbourhoods were bombed, set on fire, diluted. These people had their homes and thriving economic thoroughfares burned to the ground because they endeavoured to be self-sustaining.
Over 90% of the lynchings of black men during Jim Crow and Reconstruction were of business owners.
What an awful paradox… We had, when we were politically disenfranchised, we had economic power. We took that economic power for granted because we needed to fight for our civil rights. Now we’re politically free but economically insignificant. That’s a tough trade off to make.”
that wasn’t even a trade off we were straight hoodwinked. the so called political power of Black people is still suppressed by the sheer amount of Black people made ineligible to vote via the prison industrial complex.