Uber concept trails back to Blacks in the 60s, Black brilliance is always stolenApril 3, 2017
People who claim Black History isn’t important anymore need to be slapped over the head with two packs of Summer Sausage. The Inauguration of President Obama wasn’t a bargain to terminate the investigation of who stole freedom from Freedom Riders or who has a house sitting on the 40 acres I still haven’t received. Black History, Black Colleges, and Black Enterprise is more important now than it has ever been.
We are down to only a handful of living Civil Rights Leaders left. The promise and hope we encountered as a people during the 60’s is what ultimately presented us the fuel we needed to elect a first Black Woman Secretary of State and a first Black President of the United States.
How can Black History be unimportant when we have kids who know how to do the ‘Dougie’ dance but don’t know who Doug E. Fresh is. How can Black History be irrelevant when 75% of America had never even heard of NASA’s Hidden Figures until the movie hit theaters last year.
Black People have ALWAYS been innovative. When you aren’t given much to begin with, you learn to take risks and use what you have. One advantage we gained in Segregation was the demand to trust each other. When there is a common enemy you spend less time fighting each other. However, when you’ve been manipulated to tear each other down, your brilliance makes other people rich while leaving you poor.
Equality is a new brand. Sell the idea enough and people who rarely witness any at all will eventually believe it is real. It’s the American Way. Take the nightmares of an entire race and convince them its a possible dream while Freddy Krugaring through their minds to keep them sleeping.
We come up with brilliant ideas everyday. To us they are just ideas to make life easier but other people find those ideas revoluntionary. They take our recipes, our words, our concepts, and our ideas from us. They call those very ideas something different and make millions off of them without even saying thank you. We’re just trying to get by. They are trying to get rich.
In fact, what makes History so much more relevant is how connected our History is to our Present way of living.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott in the 60s was only supposed to last one day. Rosa Parks wasn’t even the first Black woman to take a stand against this prejudiced Public Transportation Ordinance. Truth be told, Ms. Parks was inspired by Claudette Colvin who did the same thing nearly a year before Parks.
Due to Ms. Parks’ influence in the community her story was embraced by the NAACP. The bus system across America almost went bankrupt behind this protest. The more we Iearn and read about this incident we should get even more furious because Colored Folks back then weren’t given the opportunity to put their money together and just buy their own bus.
For the same reason then, we have similar problems today. We have been manipulated into believing we don’t have enough money to create something brilliant on our own when the truth is, almost every great company in this country was started with the intillect and investment of people who created an enterprise to launch something revolutionary.
Everytime we have created brilliance we failed to recognize it ourselves. We create tons of ways to market the peanut yet we don’t own any peanut butter spread. We created pyramids without college degrees but now very few of us even build our own homes.
During those Bus Boycotts in the 60s, there is only one reason it was even possible. Black Folks had another source of transportation.
Pastors called upon the Negroes who had cars to share their rides. In most cities around the country, the Negroes set Pick Up Corners and Drop Off Times. If you needed a ride to your job, the person with a car would tell you what time they could pick you up.
Because you had to share the ride with other people from your street, you had to get up hours earlier in order to make it to work on time. Pastors and Community Leaders enforced a strict donation system for the drivers. In order to keep it legal, the drivers could not post a set price but the streets cared enough about the cause they were fighting that they all gave reasonable donations for the ride they shared.
When the legislators realized the busses were going bankrupt due to the non-dependence of Colored Folks they were pressed hard to amend the Transportation Laws. So, they implemented a Meter System with a base fee set higher than Colored Folks were accustomed to paying.
Laws were put in place to dismantle the successful Ride Sharing system that Negroes had created to give each other lifts. The Ride Sharing success was so enormous it became dangerous. Drivers had to carry pistols under their seats because it was quite common for Colored Drivers to be beaten and arrested for Ride Sharing without a meter.
The Meter turned the Ride Sharing System into a Cab System. If you were charging to give rides without proper credentials in your car, you were arrested. Most blacks were denied those credentials or couldn’t afford them. The base fee to ride in a metered car was higher than Blacks could afford which ultimately sent them back to the bus system. Fortunately, the boycott eradicated improper seating practices but nearly 50 years later we now know the Ride Sharing platform is worth Billions.
Black people did it to survive. A white man has now used the same concept to make billions.
Black History is more necessary today than yesterday. We live in a world which constantly promotes Equality but rips it from the very people who sacrificed their lives to put us in position to use our personal vehicles to share a ride with a neighbor.
While Uber, Lyft, and all the other Ride Share platforms aren’t responsible for our History being stolen, if the whole story isn’t told then they are damn sure just as responsible for part of our History being omitted.
Take a look at many of the “American” inventions and concepts. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Popeyes Chicken recipe or the street light near the intersection by your house. There’s a piece of black magic somewhere within it.
‘Niggers’ learned to survive. Coloreds learned to structure businesses. Negroes learned to educate themselves. Black People must learn to invest in each other.
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