Is It Racism or Economics?

  Interesting program on KQED the other night about white privilege.  The commentator was white and he was addressing a white audience.

“We love to talk racism because it makes us look like better people.  But many people of color don’t care what we think of them — they care about our money.  We can talk about racism all day and it won’t change things because it’s the distribution of wealth that is at the heart of discrimination, inequity, and the dehumanization of other human beings.”

That little “our money” part was a bit irritating because another white guy, Karl Marx pointed out that wealth is built on the backs of the working class. Now I’m no communist… but I know we ain’t been getting no where near a fair deal on the compensation for out labor.  Other than that, it was a powerful statement. (See: website) The decision to migrate back to the land is threefold:

  1. Urban America and its values are killing us as a people
  2. “Main Steam” will never be a fair playing field. We need to “come ye apart” and create groups rooms for healing, Black Think Tanks, land based wealth, and envirnments suitable to weather any future economic storm.
  3. We need to calm down to the point where we’re creating our own communities, (again), our own new myths instead of buying into “myths” that the Korporate Kulture keeps giving us (e.g. “Thug Kulture”, membership in the new “Permanent Criminal Class“, and the idea that we just can’t do no betta.)

I’m not downing Christianity in any way, but the idea of throwing up our arms and just saying … “Oh dis heah is da last days and der jus ain’t nothin we can do about it cus Jesus is comin” is bunk.  Republicans and Owning Class America is playing us (and most others) left, right, and center while they fill their pockets with our tax dollars.

The time is ripe to move to the country, buy some of that very inexpensive land (preferably with fresh water on it), raise some chickens, grow vegetables that you’ll know are fresh and healthy, do more than just survive–flourish!

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Farm & Rural Blogs Hold Valuable Information

 

Homesteading Today is just one more source of useful information in the process of getting free. It’s a good idea to register and log on. Here are some interesting blog links posted by people who are already living their rural dreams. If you’ve ever thought about how to do it … or how to make a living, log in and get some very valuable ideas from these. (Black Solutions will be posting some really valuable information about getting free in the future ) but for now read and let your mind conjure up all the thoughts about how you’d love your life to truly be by reading these:

Robin posted these:
www.thymeforewe.com (farm) and www.farm-garden.com/robin (work). 

Interested in skin care? Click here:
www.veronicaboley.myarbonne.com 

Recipes for cooking deer and um other things:

1.  http://www.homesteadblogger.com/GrannyG

2.  http://www.byteshuffler.com/rospo/blog/

Small farm animals?
http://hometown.aol.com/bearfootfarmnc/index.html

General farm life:

1.  http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/

2.  http://twosilosfarm.blogspot.com/

3.  http://www.nelsonrun.blogspot.com/

Homesteading:
http://www.sugarmountainhome.com/

Theres more but my copy n paste finger is getting tired. Go check it out fer yer sef at: http://homesteadingtoday.com

Make a Living on 10 Acres And Love It!


Here’s just one of thousands of ideas you can purchase that will change your life … and most likely add years of contented living. Compared to most properties, the 10 acre Kennel and Horse Farm pictured above is priced somewhere near the middle. There are tons of properties throughout the United States that will fit your pocket book as well as your tastes.

When most urbanites think of moving to rurual areas, one of the first things that pops into their heads is: “How am I going to make a living?”

Do what you like. Follow your passion. If you like dogs, there are a surprising number of kennels and horse properties up for sale. You may not want to buy large farm animals like horses, but Kennels and Horsefarms.com is a website aimed just at that market. The asking price for:

  • 10+ Acres
  • 2 Master Suites
  • 32 Separate Fenced Exercise Areas
  • 4 Bdr 3 1/2 Bath
  • 72 Runs

Asking Price: $299,000

Here’s how the property above is listed:

This is a lovely Southern home, complete with the white columns. Brick and the setting is magnificent. White four board fence lines the roadside, sweeping lawn, complete with large magnolia trees, between the road and the house. Fenced back yard for security. The house is large, I haven’t measured but would guestimate about 3000 sq. ft. Four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, two story with a ground floor master suite and another on the second floor. Full balcony opens onto both back bedrooms upstairs. Formal dining room, Living room, and huge family room kitchen combo. Double attached garage.

Located in South Carolina, convenient to both Columbia and Orangeburg. On paved secondary road.

The kennel is located in 3 buildings, totaling 72 runs, with 32 separate fenced exercise areas, all fenced with 6′ chain link. Approach is down a long paved drive that winds thru the grounds. Large shade trees surround all the buildings.

There is a significant amount of deferred maintenance on all the buildings, some need more work than others. Kennel is currently operating and making a living, it could do much more. Currently offering no training, no walks, minimal grooming. Owner does no advertising.

Seller may do some owner financing with significant down. This is an opportunity for the buyer with vision.

What Kind of Farming for ex-City Dwellers … and Why?

Unless you’re young or grew up on a farm … or earned a degree in agriculture or something, they type of “farms” I’m urging African Americans to purchase are best called: “Hobby Farms” or “Truck Farms.”

For middle age folks and older, the prospect of buying over 1,000 acres of land, and actually FARMING them … well, it’s a bit un-daunting to say the least. Otherwise, owning something like three, five … ten … up to 40 acres is what I’m talking about.

1910 was the peak era for black land ownership. For African Americans to regain that same level of land ownership, black person must own a minimum of 1.37 acres of land for us to even get back what was lost … or depending on how you look at it… what we gave up.

Toiling all day every day in 100 degrees on over 100 acres of Georgia red clay wasn’t easy and I’m sure there were more than a few who were only too happy to sell the family farm. (Especially knowing that they weren’t paid the same earnings for what they produced as white farmers were.) In fact, if you look at programs like television programs like PBS’ “Homecoming,” you have to be wary of the propaganda they’re selling. Still, it too is a valuable story about the feelings that linger in the souls of many black Americans about “Home” … wherever that is.

I remember stories my mother told me about life on the farm and how during The Great Depression (..yeah … some of those stories did get old…) they never suffered like people in urban America or farm workers who were in dust bowl areas… because they had everything they needed. Fresh food, farm animals, cows for milk, plenty of fresh water that ran through their land … even horse and buggy if the gas ran out.

Even though most financial forecasters aren’t sounding the alarm bells of a new depression any time soon, there are plenty who are saying that the next ten years … and for sometime thereafter, we may be in for “Sinking Globalization” and “The Muddle Through Decades.”

I don’t know about you, but at age 53, I’ve learned from experience, that black people don’t do too well in recessions … especially a series of recessions! I was born near the end of the Baby Boom … and it seemed like every time I stood in line, and finally got my turn at bat, game was either over or called for rain.

I attest that in Capitalism 101, to have a top, you have to have a bottom.

I assert that the playing field is not fair and never will be fair when it comes to us … unless we can gain far more economic and moral power than we have today.

Owning land has always been one of the quickest routes to wealth. Americans seem to love to move … and now the bulk of who is moving …. is moving to either the left or the right coast. Both are already over crowded. [SEE: City – Data.com ]

THERE’S NO MORE ROOM LEFT … and still they’re moving in. More rats in the cage means lower earnings, lower quality of housing, more traffic jams. Just this morning I heard a radio story about a new computerized fast lane in Minnesota or someplace. As global funds decrease, you can bet State and local authorities are going to be squeezing us for as much as they can.

Isn’t it a far more logical decision to confront our fear of change, and do something different?? The definition of insanity is what? Yes i’ts …

“Doing the same thing over, and over again,
expecting different results.”

African American mental health isn’t all that good right now … and with increased stressors, there will be more crime in the hoods, and more self-medication for all the drama, and yes, more mental illness. It’s time to go!

Wanna See What You’re Missing?

Wanna See What You’re Missing?

Some black people will look glance at this blog and agree with its premise immediately. Others will need more convincing. So take a quick look at your room, studio apartment, or home in the hood, and then look at what you can have for shockingly cheap when you move out of the chaos and into nature.
United Country.com Just type in a state you’re curious about or perhaps the home state of “your peoples”… and be prepared for shock and awe….

Ranch & Country.com Don’t stop there. The web is full of possibilities. On the day I pulled up this page, they were featuring a “rustic cabin” in Colorado for $148,900.
The links above are simply the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a scenic little country home … national forest on 3 sides, a spring-fed pond, sheds and a barn on 36 acres for only $149,000!

So Much Land To Be Free In

During the Great Depression, many people fled the drought-stricken region that stretched from Nebraska to the Texas panhandle. The struggles of those who stayed are the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Timothy Egan who follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the dust storms that terrorized America’s High Plains during the Depression, going from sod huts to new framed houses to basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out.

One of the most powerful and thought provoking aspects of “The Worst Hard Time” is the fact that the Midwest has never recovered from the Dust Bowl exodus. Even to this day, farmers in the Midwest going bust. “All across the Grain Belt stand abandoned homesteads, symbols of untold stories of failure, flight from the land, and even suicide.” They leave behing land, farm homes, barns, etc…

Perhaps to entice urban-weary Brits, even the BBC did a story on Mid West Farmers Going Bust. But the Reverse Black Migration Movement is not about trying to become prosperous farmers as much as it is getting out of the way of the insanity and ever increasing cultural doom that life in Urban America is for us. Therefore, land with a farm house and out buildings, electricty, and water already on it is a huge gift just waiting for us. I dream of small Intential Communities of like minded black people with vision seeing this opportunity and sizing it.

A common Buddhist quote is: “Everything Changes.” Sadly, what is true for the “American Farmer,” may be a good thing for black people seeking to join the “Back To The Land” movement. (Click here for Wikipedia’s write up.)