A political ideology that views government and big businesses as extremely antagonistic and harmful to Black communities.
My political identity is fluid. I’m constantly exposed to political ideologies that better capture the complexities of society than this rigged two-party system currently does.
I went from liberal to radical because pro-Black radicalism looks at the root causes of socioeconomic ills. For example, I don’t see “Black-on-Black” crime as a result of poor parenting. I see intra-racial violence within the Black community as a product of police corruption and redlining. Furthermore, intra-racial violence isn’t unique to Black people — proximity and opportunity are the biggest motivators of crime, and because we live in racially segregated societies, crime rates within racial groups are quite consistent. A liberal would advocate for a “sensitive” police presence and allocate pennies for a basketball court.
Although I love radicalism, I find it’s a hard label to place within a mainstream political context. When un-woke people — across all racial groups — hear the term “radical,” they hear fundamentalist, crazy, and misinformed. They don’t hear political viability or legitimacy.
I understand that mass political education of pro-Black radicalism is crucial and long overdue. Such an endeavor is a significant part of my work as a community organizer. I also know that IDGAF what members of the white, rich privileged elite think of my political ideology.
But in my own evolution and personal development, I challenge myself to expound and articulate my perspective.
This is in mind, I can comfortably identify as a pro-Black libertarian.
Within the American political dialogue, a libertarian is branded as an obsessively gun-loving, government-hating paranoid white man deeply enamored with Ron Paul and big business. This libertarian vein believes that privatization and small government is the solution to most (if not all) public issue areas.
This isn’t my libertarianism. Mine is pro-Black. Libertarian is an umbrella term that advocates for liberty and freedom, over authority. With this core in mind, being a pro-Black libertarian is ideal.
Although the pervasive caricature of a libertarian is one that embraces laissez-faire capitalism, there are cohorts of libertarian ideology that rejects unchecked capitalism and economic liberalism in favor of cooperative ownership of land, enterprise, and property free from dominant power intervention, government and big business alike. This is where I fall. I embrace collective ownership in Black communities without interference of mass government and multinational corporations (MNCs).
American mainstream libertarians believe that government is antagonistic to free enterprise. This is false. These two power systems routinely collude to maximize profit and exploit Black labor. The private prison and big data industries are extreme examples of this collusion. Government and big business are both inherently anti-Black, and have a vested interest in keeping Black folk locked in the socioeconomic underclass.
My pro-Black libertarianism views this union to be invalid and harmful to billions of people of color in the global arena. With this, in my radical dream, I’d love to see Black people completely divested from both systems altogether.
Given the current options, I know that’s impossible. I recognize that my dreams conflict with my reality as I type this article on my overpriced MacBook. But hey, allow a Black girl to dream.
Beholden to pragmatism, I believe that government should only provide the following: military, education, health care, transportation, and basic utilities (electricity, gas, etc.). Within Black communities, everything else should be provided from collectively owned Black enterprises.
I hate seeing my People on welfare. It hurts seeing my People rely on institutions that hate them. I despise politicos — white and Black alike — who demonize and shame impoverished Black people. I’d rather we collectively provide for our own, with no interference from or dealings with external forces whose interests don’t align with Black liberty and freedom.
In order to protect our Black freedom, we’ll need an armed self-defense; a Black brigade that determines appropriate modes of armed resistance to dissuade infiltrators and antagonists tainted with anti-Blackness, envy, and mediocrity.
And how do we get our utopia started? Reparations, bitch!
This radical pro-Black libertarian value system is feasible. It’s happened before; Black Wall Street being the prime example of an economically thriving Black-owned and operated community that didn’t rely on anti-Black infrastructures for support. But whenever a Black community thrived, racists destroyed it … and that’s why, in this go-round, we must unlearn and re-learn what Black orchestrated protection looks like.
The current political spectrum is imperfect, mediocre, and simplistic. Blackness exists on an entirely different spectrum. That’s where my pro-Black libertarianism lives.
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