I strongly believe that Urban America has become a terminal disease that is killing black folks. Should the 2007 reader still need more “facts” and statics to support this claim, please drive through your nearest “hood” –day or night– and refresh yourself with the sights, sounds and smells of black, urban death and decay. Issues not seen by the naked eye but still strongly felt are:
- Despite all the killings, AIDS is now the Number One cause of death for black men 25 and under. (And no, they are not catching nor transmitting the virus by themselves… our black women and mothers are dying at an alarming rate for the simple crime of wanting love and not insisting that the character-less infected “brotha” not wear a rubber)
- The Public Health System is now officially overloaded. They don’t have enough money nor grant services to provide individuals with known cures they already have.
- Even Black Theology (black churches) are out-dated… still preaching that same old Santa Claus version of God, that didn’t keep pace with the Space Age we entered 30 years ago … let along this alienated, technocratic, New Millennium.” And worst still, is the fact that they are STILL preaching that we need to beat our children … and produce still more violent children emotionally equipped for 18th Century survival and not 21st Century success.
High Tech Guru “Art” a.k.a. “Frank Pembleton” wrote:
“I’ve always said that Black people are a rural people, and that we weren’t meant to live surrounded by concrete. This whole western urban environment is partly responsible for our jacked up mental, emotional, and physical condition. Half of what we call “Blackness” or Black culture is southern culture anyway. Black people are in denial about our southern roots, because for too long we have associated the south only with terrorism and pain. The white man has tricked us out of our birthright. We didn’t just escape from the south, we were also driven from our true homes, not in the absolute sense, for the south isn’t a specific place, but rather, rural living, amongst nature, with trees, grass, vegetables, and flowers, is where we should really be. Folks don’t even understand. This urban environment is partly responsible for the insanity around hypermasculinity. The whole construction of Black male identity as being only about “hardness” or toughness is directly tied to this urban nightmare we’re trapped in.”
People all over the nation… as well as worldwide… are now feeling the desire to move into either more collaborative living that involves small farming, permaculure and other green living, or simply getting out of the way and moving back to the land.
Land provides self determination. I remember my parents telling us how people who lived on farms like theirs back in Mississippi, were immune to the horrors of The Depression. When you own your own cow:
- You have plenty of fresh milk, fresh cheese, cream, and other dairy products to use or sell. [NOTE: While most African and Asian people are lactose intolerant, we still need Vitamin D. Cancer has been linked to a lack of Vitamin D. Our darker skin demands we get over an hour a day in the sun or take Vitamin D supplements.]
When you own your own chickens:
- You don’t have to wonder what you’ll eat for breakfast.
- You can sell the additional eggs at Farmer’s Markets or other sources.
- You have a meat source that replenishes itself.
When you grow your own vegetables:
- You don’t have to wonder what type of pesticides are on your tomatoes
- You can link with other organic seed growers and remove bio-engineered crops from your diet as well as remove your wallet from large agri-corporations that currently have larger farmers under their thumbs by hooking them to seeds that are good only for one year.
~You don’t have to beg or steal
~ You are healthy
~You have dignity
~You are happy
~You don’t see the insides of a Kaiser Stress Clinic
~The only boss you have is the bank … and God
This isn’t a lifestyle change for everyone. Yes you can easily find 5-10 acres of land with a 3-4 bedroom house on it for under $150,000 (and MANY times under $100,000) in rural communities throughout the South and Midwest, but you have to have ways of making money BEFORE you buy. This will work best if ideally:
- You have done your research and have started educating yourself on some of the MANY ways to make a good living in rural America
- You have researched the areas where your grandparents or great-grandparents lived, researched inexpensive land/farm/rural living choices near Black Universities and/or outside of larger cities
- Decided you want to live out your life peacefully and provide safe, enriching housing to raise healthy children
- And decided that you either want to be self-employed or live and work with other like-minded people who will collaborate with you as you follow your other, primary or secondary dreams like being an artist or writer. You may also have a valuable trade that you can take almost anywhere like teaching (rural communities always have trouble finding enough qualified teachers) or you’re involved with medicine, Bio-tech or high tech endeavors that you can do anywhere you can link with DSL, Cable, or Satellite.
Urban life ain’t getting no better, and unless you’re very skillful in a LEGAL career field currently in high deman in your area, it most likely won’t provide you with anymore opportunities than it has in the past.