"You Gotta Rob to Get Rich in the Reagan Era"
Now that I had crystallized the notion of post migration,
pre-crack Black folks, I wondered what work did Black
people do in the Bay when they migrated from the south?
What work did the men DO before crack invaded?
And I found my answer.
During and post WWII they held lucrative, prestigious war time jobs
at the navy ship yards, as longshoreman, bellhops and shipbuilders.
They also worked as Pullman Porters. In fact the policy stipulated
that Pullman porters could only BE BLACK MEN. Real talk.
The war drafted largely white men, Black folks stepped in, and BOOM,
Black working middle class is created. As a result,
Richmond, DEADLY ass-d Richmond was like Harlem '32.When my grandmother came here from TEXAS she worked at the Kaiser
Bay View, DEADLY ass-d Bay view was like Harlem '32.
Oakland, DEADLY ass-d OAKLAND was like Harlem '32.
Detroit, ....... was like Harlem '32.
Shipyard in Richmond. I have always known this, but put into this context
it takes on a different significance.
So. Of course, now I am obsessed with learning which industries exsited
in the cities that now have these egregious murder rates.
I see a pattern. And it's making sense.
Why did Black Civil rights leaders drop the Ball when it came
to Post WWII job advocacy?
Why does the boomer generation blame hip hop rather than
the systematic elimination of jobs that brought Blacks to these
urban centers in the first place?
Why isn't there ever any mention of how different our lives would
be with 40 acres?
Why do people have such a hard time looking at history, recent history,
50 years ago history?
Why is Styles P going so hard lately?