In my “Angry Man” blog post Lynching: Living and Dying In America on June 23, 2020 I posed the question – What are you prepared to do? In it I stated that I would give you my answer to this question over the coming weeks and months. Consider this an opening statement in response to the question.
My name is Einstein Pluto. I am a Black man born and reared on the streets of Baltimore City, Maryland. I am also a physicist, mathematician, and computer coding geek. I have worked my entire adult life buying into the American dream. I look out now after following all the rules – study and work hard, keep your head down, you must make white people comfortable with you, you must engage white people in a way that allows them not to feel threatened by you – and I find that the institutional racism, terrorizing tactics of police and the citizenry persist. I am sick of what I am hearing and seeing as it relates to Black people and our life’s journey in America. To be frank, blunt and profane: I am sick of this shit!
All the facts are known. Actually, none are in dispute. The skill, creative expertise, and intellectual power of Nicole Hannah Jones, Ava DuVernay, William Darity and others before them have told the story of the collective Black experience in America as well as what America owes to the descendants of the slaves brought to this country. Yet and still, America has not engaged us to provide reconciliation and redress for its 400 plus years of oppression and subjugation.
Now is the time to take offensive action using the considerable creative technical expertise (engineering, computer science, chemistry, and psychology) that is present in Black America. We must organize, develop, and implement a strategic system to put pressure on those that must ultimately sign-off on the money needed to provide reparations to Black Americans. This includes corporate, monied, and political interests that are behind the power systems we seek to dismantle and “reimagine”. There must be an action arm to the movement whose sole purpose is to take targeted, specific civil disobedient actions that disrupt the economic/business life of America. History has no cultural examples where the oppressor has voluntarily stopped the oppressive system and compensated those being oppressed without being forced to do so.
I challenge all the descendants of slaves in America born between 1960 and 1980 to share the intellectual property that you have to help facilitate the acts of civil disobedience. It’s time to step up and do your part. The young people have taken to the streets via Black Lives Matter (BLM) and other grass roots organizations to shine the light on the brutality that we experience each day at the hands of state and local agents – the police. They have demonstrated an level of energy and intelligence we have not seen in our community in decades. We cannot stand by and allow them risk their very lives marching and protesting during a global pandemic while we cower and watch. Reparations will be the critical step to complete reconciliation for the slavery and oppression we have endured.
Truth is, marching peacefully in hundreds of cities alone will not get it done. We must negatively impact the commerce of the largest corporations through targeted civil disobedient actions to get an agreement on reparations. William Darity, Jr., in his article Forty Acres and a Mule in the 21st Century (Social Science Quarterly, Feb 2008) presents a framework for determining the amount of money that is owed. Bottom line, each Black person descended from slaves would get a direct payment of around $800,000 or 6 to 10 trillion dollars in aggregate. America will not pay this money voluntarily. We must be willing to fight and die to see that reparations are paid. Until we can demonstrate that this is the case, the current cultural and governmental systems of America will never pay reparations.
I am prepared to die to ensure that reparations are paid to every person descended from slaves in America. Before that, I am prepared to help organize, develop, and implement a strategic system whose sole purpose is to take targeted, specific civil disobedient actions that disrupt the economic/business life of America.
What are you prepared to do? Are you willing to help develop an action team in your geographical region of America? Are you willing to use you knowledge corporate structure, resources and locations to facilitate actions of civil disobedience? Are you willing to use your technical knowledge and skill to help organize, develop and/or implement a strategic system?
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