Black people should be tax exempt: A case for reparations

Been having heavy conversations with friends lately about what justifiable reparations looks like for us surviving descendants of enslaved Afrikan Americans. ⁣

To me it looks like black people being tax exempt for at least 400 years. Also, the government fully funding the purchase of a home or land to build whatever we want on it. That way we have an opportunity to build our own economic wealth in this country. That resonates for me. ⁣

What does #reparations look like to you?⁣ ✊🏾✊🏿✊🏾

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Juneteenth Glo!

Shout out to all the GOGIS BLACK FOLKS being their beautiful BLACK ASS SELVES today and every day! I know I’m ouchea lol! Love y’all. Happy black freedom day! 🖤✊🏿🖤⁣⁣
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🎶 @kojeyradical “No Gangster” ⁣⁣

#afrikanface #africanoriginal #afromullett #autochthonous #blackityblack #blackjoy #blacklivesmatter #cowrieshells #decolonizeyourbookshelf #girlrillavintage #juneteenth #loveisintheair #theeamazinggrace #thelittlethings #trueafricanoriginal #wecomefromsomeplace

“She Can’t Breathe” 2018⁣⁣

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“She Can’t Breathe” 2018⁣⁣
from ongoing series “I’m Still Black” ⁣⁣
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“I took this photo roughly two years ago, and it’s crazy to me how it relates to current events now. I had no idea the impact her gesture would have in today’s climate. I wonder if some force was reaching out to me sub-consciously trying to tell me what was coming through my photography. It’s almost creepy.”

#africandance #artistsoflanc #blackphotographersmatter #blackphotographer #717creative #girlrillavintage #imstillblack #osmynoree #shadowkeeper #roothealer #theeamazinggrace ⁣

Watching “The Chicago Tenements of 1967” Shook Me Down: Still We Must Fight

Some folks don’t know what it’s like to fight physically, let alone to protect your life and dreams. Watching the documentary was triggering to say the least. To see my peoples dreams drained from their bodies. Any gleam of possibility shattered and spat on.⁣⁣ How households couldn’t get assistance if the father was still alive or living in the home. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Oh my word, and the sweet “watermelon man” truck that road through was a childhood thing I almost forgot about!
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It’s so hard to be vulnerable and still manage to stay in struggle at times especially in a cesspool of a world so chiseled and unforgiving, but we owe it to ourselves to covet a soft space inside, even if another soul gives it us. After all being vulnerable is a beautiful gift. Comforting knowing I can delete at anytime lol!⁣

Grateful to share this way and thank you for listening. ⁣
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#afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #blacklivesmatter #blackeverythingmatters #chicagotenement #communitylove #girlrillavintage #imblackandimproud #philadelphiatenements #reparationsnow #smudgetalk #stayinthestruggle #theeamazinggrace #vulnerabilityisstrength #watermelonman #wemustfight

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Some folks don’t know what it’s like to fight physically, let alone to protect your life and dreams. Watching the documentary was triggering to say the least. To see my peoples dreams drained from their bodies. Any gleam of possibility shattered and spat on.⁣⁣ How households couldn’t get assistance if the father was still alive or living in the home. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Oh my word, and the sweet “watermelon man” truck that road through was a childhood thing I almost forgot about! ⁣⁣ It’s so hard to be vulnerable and still manage to stay in struggle at times especially in a cesspool of a world so chiseled and unforgiving, but we owe it to ourselves to covet a soft space inside. Even if another soul never gives us a soft hand. After all being vulnerable is a beautiful gift. Comforting knowing I can delete at anytime I get to feeling too mushy lol!⁣ ⁣ Grateful to share this way and thank you for listening. ⁣ ♥️✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #blacklivesmatter #blackeverythingmatters #chicagotenement #communitylove #girlrillavintage #imblackandimproud #philadelphiatenements #reparationsnow #smudgetalk #stayinthestruggle #theeamazinggrace #vulnerabilityisstrength #watermelonman #wemustfight

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What has protesting accomplished?

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List via @msreid27 on Instagram. 🙏🏾

(Fact checked links in my bio)

👉🏾Within 10 days of sustained protests:⁣⁣⁣ Minneapolis bans use of choke holds.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Charges are upgraded against Officer Chauvin, and his accomplices are arrested and charged.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Dallas adopts a “duty to intervene” rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾New Jersey’s attorney general said the state will update its use-of-force guidelines for the first time in two decades.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾In Maryland, a bipartisan work group of state lawmakers announced a police reform work group.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Los Angeles City Council introduces motion to reduce LAPD’s $1.8 billion operating budget.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging state lawmakers to enact 911 “Amy Cooper” False Accusation Bill.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾NYC Mayor announcement to defund police and to reallocate those funds to community programs and social services.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 Minneapolis City Council announced they were seeking to dismantle the city’s police department.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 New York is seeking to reform Civil Rights Law 50-a-disclosure of police personnel performance & disciplinary records⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Police brutality captured on cameras leads to near-immediate suspensions and firings of officers in several cities (i.e., Buffalo, Ft. Lauderdale).⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 Denver Colorado banned the use of chokeholds. Officers will also have to report to a supervisor any time they intentionally point a fire on at someone while on the job.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Monuments celebrating confederates are removed in (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, New Orleans, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia). ⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Mayor of Washington D.C. renamed the street outside the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Military forces begin to withdraw from D.C.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 American companies have donated millions into the advancement of black communities.⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣Not to mention…⁣⁣⁣

💓 Difficult public and private conversations that are happening about race and privilege.⁣⁣⁣

💓Realizations that some white people are coming to about racism and the role of policing in this country.⁣⁣ ⁣

Fact check sources:

https://apnews.com/ce3c4c56b683ae47d26bec1045a35fb7

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/03/us/george-floyd-officers-charges/index.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/05/870414038/dallas-police-adopts-duty-to-intervene-policy-to-prevent-abuse

https://www.officer.com/command-hq/news/21140879/new-jersey-to-license-police-officers-update-useofforce-policy

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-police-accountability-group-20200530-vllpk32dznh4rewovasncz3rda-story.html%3foutputType=amp

https://www.google.com/amp/s/deadline.com/2020/06/lapd-funding-city-council-reduce-operating-budget-1202950507/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/people.com/politics/new-york-gov-andrew-cuomo-backs-amy-cooper-false-reporting-bill/%3famp=true

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/07/us/new-york-city-police-funding-social-services/index.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/07/us/george-floyd-protests-sunday/index.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-new-york-lawmakers-to-pass-package-of-police-reforms-albany-20200608-dlegw6gj5ngrjlffi2dj5tp2ny-story.html%3foutputType=amp

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/2020/6/6/21282412/protests-viral-videos-police-violence-disciplinary-action-suspension-firing

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/denver-police-update-policies-to-ban-chokeholds-require-body-cam-use-for-swat-more-reporting-for-officers

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_Confederate_monuments_and_memorials#

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Lee_Monument_(New_Orleans,_Louisiana)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-globally/black-lives-matter-plaza-dc-mayor-viral-videos-photos-reactions-6445528/lite/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/06/07/us/politics/trump-military-troops-protests.amp.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/06/01/corporate-donations-tracker-here-are-the-companies-giving-millions-to-anti-racism-efforts/amp/

⁣⁣⁣#afrikanface #blacklivesmatter #girlrillavintage #therewillbejustice #therewillbepeace #whathasprotestingaccomplished

Yoru

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Dear ancestors, ⁣⁣
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Thanks in advance for the new car and sweet little house!⁣⁣

All my love,⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

PS: Those wondering about what Yoru means, it literally translates to, “night” in the Japanese language. Yoru is one of the strongest swords in the world. It is one of the twelve Saijo O Wazamono or “Black Sword/Blades”. In a world crumbling around us, be the strongest black sword today! 

📸♥️🙏🏾 Kimyatta Williams ⁣
🎨 One dope app ⁣

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Smudgetalk: Okra is Medicine

“The only time I use okra is for medicine.” —Luisah Tiesh⁣

In the healing spirit of GirlrillaVintage, I’d like to offer up an early bird smudgetalk on plant healing. ⁣🦉

Did you know that eating okra or drinking it’s water is a great choice for treating bowel irregularity? And as many of us know that when the bowels ain’t movin’ the crankiness gets to loomin’. And relieving the colon can eliminate many diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, skin irritation, headaches, anxiety and depression to name a few. ⁣

I’ve been intentionally slow walking this book because it’s chock full of amazing and practical information about herbs and holistic medicine from the experiences of elders of Afrikan descent born in America. ⁣

Here’s a snippet from the book, “Working the Roots Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing”, that boosted my ole cranky, constipated mood lol! Also, I discovered from reading this book that Luisah Tiesh (still with us btw) authored a book called, “Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals”, that I recently ordered. Get into it. And enjoy all this goodness! ⁣
⁣—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

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“The only time I use okra is for medicine.” —Luisah Tiesh⁣ ⁣ In the healing spirit of GirlrillaVintage, I’d like to offer up an early bird smudgetalk on plant healing. ⁣🦉 ⁣ Did you know that eating okra or drinking it’s water is a great choice for treating bowel irregularity? And as many of us know that when the bowels ain’t movin’ the crankiness gets to loomin’. And relieving the colon can eliminate many diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, skin irritation, headaches, lung, anxiety and depression to name a few. ⁣ ⁣ I’ve been intentionally slow walking this book because it’s chock full of amazing and practical information about herbs and holistic medicine from the experiences of elders of Afrikan descent born in America. ⁣ ⁣ Here’s a snippet from the book, “Working the Roots Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing”, that boosted my ole cranky, constipated mood lol! Also, I discovered from reading this book that Luisah Tiesh (still with us btw) authored a book called, “Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals”, that I recently ordered. Get into it. And enjoy all this goodness! ⁣ ⁣ #afrikanface #ancestorsleadtheway #constipationblues #episodeonesmudgetalk #girlrillavintage #healthyself #jambalayathenaturalwomansbook #rootmedicine #shadowkeepersandroothealers #smudgetalk #storytime #thepowerofokra #vulnerabilityisnecessary #workingtherootsover400yearsoftraditionalafricanamericanhealing ⁣

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Ancestor. Amiri Baraka. Thank you. This nudge. This invitation. This feeling. This LP. This gentle movement. Cheers! Yours. Experimental. Wildly staccato. I want to write in your likeness with my gift. My twist. 🙏🏾 for the heart beat. ⁣For remembering us that you knew would be born.  Ashe-O

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

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