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The truth behind #Blaxit and why you should look beyond the humor

Photo credit: Twitter - @salt_collective

Photo credit: Twitter – @salt_collective

“America is on the verge of #Blaxit – a mass exodus of Black people. Where we will go I don’t know, but it’s clear that Black lives don’t matter here…,” posited writer Ulysses Burley III introducing his dual pieces of edutainment posted to The Salt Collective pondering what Blacks would take and what they would leave behind once it all goes down. The Twitterverse picked up on the hashtag and joined in the fun of coming up with items he left off the list. It was good comic relief after several days of collective contemplation of current events.

Beyond the humor, Burley is actually on to something. Many Blacks agree that it is time to take our leave. How to go about it varies depending on how radical or forward thinking we allow ourselves to be. Ideas on the extreme end of the spectrum involve something along the lines of all Blacks repatriating Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina to form our own sovereign state.

“The end game is land ownership. The endgame is our own government in a nation within a nation. We want to control the politics in our community…And we most definitely want to control the…school system, where they are teaching and misrepresenting the true history of the Black man here in the United States,” said Babu Omowale of the People’s New Black Panther Party.

Others choose to be more conscientious about how their dollars are spent, seeking out Black businesses, utilizing new apps and sites like to target their purchasing power.

Recognizing that harnessing the power of 1.2 trillion Black dollars starts with the banking system, popular music artists like Killer Mike, Big K.R.I.T., and Usher have been advocates for a more practical approach: pooling Black dollars in Black banks committed to supporting Black economic development, like Citizens Trust Bank based in Atlanta. Many believe this includes forgoing tithing at Black churches they claim funnel collected money into private planes and building funds instead of investing in the Black community. The Influencer Coalition is hosting a #BankBlackCTB drive today, July 13, which has facilitated over 3,000 people opening accounts as of this writing. People are being encouraged to start the process online so the branches are not overwhelmed.

Photo credit: Facebook - @InfluencerCoalition

Photo credit: Facebook – @InfluencerCoalition

Solange Knowles recently responded to the call and urged others to follow suit.

“While I realize this is a very personal decision and thing to share, I’m proud to say I made that step today. Time to literally put my money where my mouth is. I cannot vouch for any of these institutions, but if you are interested in the information, @saintheron has posted the list (via hbcu money)…,” the singer/businesswoman concluded with a reference to a listing of information for several Black banks on her website.

Athletes like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony have also made recent statements in attempts to lead the first generation of activist pro athletes since Jim Brown’s heyday. Retired basketball great Kenny Smith has stepped up and taken charge, urging NBA athletes to donate 10 percent of their salaries to affect change in their communities.

“Six percent of the country makes up 74 percent of the NBA. 74 percent has an availability of $90 million per team. There comes a social, economic responsibility with that, and I am sorry it has to be you,” Smith said. “We are in a societal undercurrent trying to figure out how to get pulled up. If you have social and economic power, and education power, you become important.”

Smith says he will form a committee that will guide players to specific organizations directly helping their respective community’s most needy individuals. He also says he will work with the NBA and major sponsors to garner dollar for dollar matching donations for the programs their endorsed players support.

“We just need to know who is standing with you to socially and economically empower people and those who aren’t,” said Smith. “…the ball is in your hand, the 24 second clock is running down, it’s now time to be poised to understand what you can do and how you can make a difference.”


  1. Sol Rothstein on July 13, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    What are us Blacks talking about. We won..we have a Black President. Why are we not BUILDING upon that!

    The Police cannot stop legalized ORGANIZATIONS !!!

    • Noff Memphis on July 13, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      1)Nikka, you are not Black. 2)A Black President don’t mean S#!t to us. 3) If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem..get the [email protected] out the way!

      • Sol Rothstein on July 15, 2016 at 11:15 am

        Right, and please tell me what YOU are doing to make Memphis, TN better. Because we all know Memphis, TN is worse than Chicago, IL when it comes to BLACK ON BLACK Deaths…

        • Noff Memphis on July 15, 2016 at 10:02 pm

          You don’t live in neither Chicago or Memphis to know what the hell is going on. You just keep being brain washed by what social media and ‘statistics’ you.

          • JOSEPH G MATTERA on July 16, 2016 at 1:07 am


          • Noff Memphis on July 16, 2016 at 9:26 am

            Let’s not forget your kind being a bigger cancer to us Native Americans that this land belongs to.

    • JOSEPH G MATTERA on July 16, 2016 at 9:35 am

      YOU ALL BE

  2. Clark Zuckerstein on October 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Ohhh, the LOSS, the PAIN, the SUFFERING and ECONOMIC HARDSHIP that America will suffer when you leave….LOL!!!!….there’s only one thing-you don’t get to SELECTIVELY LEAVE….YOU ALL GET THE F**k OUT!! THE400 LB. “KNEESHAS” WITH 12 ‘CHILDREN’, THE GHETTO PRIMATES IN THE PRISONS, EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU!!! ALL!!!!!!!!!! GONE!! And do not flatter yourselves that your “economic power” will be missed! My GOD, the benefits of removing ALL of you from Social Assistance programs, and the health system ALONE will save this country TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS!!! You see, you American blacks are not just
    not-too-bright, less-than-intelligent HUMANS…you are a 400 year old FAILED social experiment which attempted to integrate an unassimiable, non-indigenous sub-humanoid species into human society, That you have coped as well as you have is directly
    attributable to the significant percentage of CAUCASIAN DNA in your cellular make-up, without which you would be
    bluish-black with facial features and standing posture identical to
    Subsimian Anthropoid, a sub-70 I.Q. (mental retardation level) and
    virtually no cognitive or abstract reasoning abilities whatsoever. THAT,
    and ONLY that factor prevents you from being totally animalistic.
    Although mountains of research proving the connection between intelligence (or the lack thereof),and race,(see James Watson,Nobel
    Prize-winning geneticist) it does not take a scientist to arrive at the conclusion that the
    Negro condition is NOT one based on the aftermath of slavery, economic
    deprivation, environment or ‘racism’, but rather on simple BIOLOGY.
    Under ALL circumstances, under ALL conditions, in ALL cultures and in
    ALL environments, the negro NEVER produces, creates or contributes to
    the culture it is immersed in, with very few exceptions, and those
    exceptions being individual negros with the highest concentration of
    other racial DNA, notably Asian or Caucasian. Their penchant for
    destruction FAR outweighs any creative, intellectual, technological or
    literary contributions to human civilization. This tendency is
    worldwide, transcending borders, continents and cultures. The answer to solving your “problem” is simple-re-patriate ALL of you BACK to your original, natural environment, where you can exist apart from human society, causing harm to no one but yourselves! GO BLAXIT!!!