I Want My 40 acres!
Ah, yes. The elusive 40 acres and a mule. Africans in America have been begging for reparations for more than what, 100 years since they were promised to us (or something like that)? It really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, since many of us can actually afford to buy several tracts of 40 acres of land, and then build houses, apartments, commercial office buildings, farms etc. on it, making nice little communities for ourselves. As a matter of fact, after a quick search on the internet, I discovered that 40 acres of land can be gotten for less than the cost of a luxury automobile. Let that one sink in.
So then, why are we still begging the government for land? Land that they will certainly not give us in some effort to right all the wrongs they have inflicted upon black people in this country since the beginning of slavery. Yeah, yeah, yeah, they owe us and blah, blah, blah, who cares? Nobody in the government, that’s for sure.
Instead of buying that BMW, Mercedes Benz or Hummer, three of us could pool our money together and buy for example, 120 acres of land and build on it. Why we don’t is really beyond comprehension. We will buy a big house on one acre of land for $400, 000, and then purchase a BMW for $73,000 plus interest.
40 acres of land cost less than a luxury automobile.
I am not saying that reparations would not be a boost for blacks in America, but our chances of getting them are virtually nil. So, instead of begging for that 40 acres or buying luxury items and making others rich, we should practice group economics and pool our resources to purchase various types of land and invest in ourselves and our communities for a change. We have to do it ourselves – the little people, because our black millionaires and billionaires are not going to do it.
Oprah can single handedly revive the ghettos of Detroit, Byron Allen can single handedly revive the poor black neighborhoods of Memphis, but sadly, that is not the legacy that they strive to leave behind. Forget about the black celebrities and athletes, and more importantly, forget about the government – none of them care about us. Therefore, we have to do it ourselves, and we can..despite some agents who say that the only way blacks can make it out alive is if we get a handout from the government. Again, I am not knocking handouts, Lord knows the Caucasian immigrants who settled here received their ill gotten share and then some. But we must face the reality that no one is going to give us anything, and that we can no longer work alone as individuals, but must do it as collective. Buy land, not luxury cars.