We must reflect, or wonder how our country would look today if the descendants of Slave actually received the 40 acres promised by the government after the civil war.( #WeNeedLand ) Some people contribute the idea of giving land to the recently freedmen to General William T Sherman.
Some people contribute it to a private meeting held day before with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Still some contribute it to a meeting between Sherman, Stanton,
and Influential Black leaders at the time.
However “Sherman’s Field Order No. 15: The government would set aside 400,000 acres of coastal land, divided into 40-acre plots, for the freedmen resettlement. Former slaveholders need not apply; the order stipulated that “no white person whatever,
unless military officers and soldiers detailed for duty, will be permitted to reside.”
William Sherman’s Field Order No 15 later became known by a signature phrase: “40 acres and a mule.”
According to Black Demographics 2012 Stats;
Black owned businesses created 1million jobs, enough to employ 4% of the working age Black Population. Proving there is a strong relationship between strengthening Black Owned Businesses, and decreasing black unemployment.
Currently the Black Unemployment is twice the rate is 5.5 %, almost twice the rate of the U.S. Clearly the best option to bridge the unemployment gap is to grow, build, and strengthen Black Owned Businesses.
We should question if black crime, poverty, homelessness and other negative statistics would be as
high or extreme, if the government kept its promise, instead of confiscating land from the recently freedmen.
We must remember the accomplishments of black people, post slavery, if allowed to separate, and pool our resources.
According to Google;
“Currently, a dollar circulates in Asian communities for a month, in Jewish communities approximately 20 days and white communities 17 days. How long does a dollar circulate in the Black community? 6 hours!
Land is the Basis for Strength, and Economic Freedom #WeNeedLand