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Did the Million Man March Make a Difference in the Black Community?

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Exactly 17 years ago yesterday, a million black men gathered in Washington DC, swearing to be better than they were before.  Pledges were made to uplift the black community and to strengthen black families.  Since that day, times have been tough for African Americans:  The prison population has skyrocketed, economic despair has increased, and gangster rap music has glorified both violence and ignorance within the ranks of African American men.

At the same time, more and more and more black men are going to college, and we have our first black president. Does the good outweigh the bad?  Has the increase in single motherhood since the mid-1990s been a product of declining outcomes for African American men?  Here’s a thought:  A black boy born on the day of the Million Man March is 17-years old today.  In many cities, he is a product of a failed school system, is facing a teen unemployment rate of over 40 percent, is most likely coming out of a single parent home, and is faced with hand gun violence as his number one cause of death.  Is his life better than it would have been before 1995?  If not, then who is responsible for these dismal outcomes?

We asked this question on our Facebook page, and here are some of the responses below.  Feel free to respond to the question yourself: The Million Man March took place 17 years ago yesterday. Where were you when the march took place? Do you feel that it has made a difference?

 

James

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  1. Personally, I dont think it made no difference at all and never will make a difference because we have to understand why we are a cursed people to begin with.
    We broke the commandments of the most high and the father said that if wr did not obey His commands all these curses will come apon us.
    Deuteronomy 28:68- The trans-atlantic slave trade bought into slavery in ships.
    Deuteronomy 28:59-61- A sick and disease stricken people.
    Leviticus 26:37- 38 / Deuteronomy 28:25- Not being able to stand against our enemies.
    Ezekiel 16:24-25 Having many places to worship and we are not suppose to be in those high places.
    Isaiah 3:12 teenage gangs, none effective leaders
    Isaiah 42:22 – high prison population.
    If we turn from our sins and come back to the father YAH in spirit and truth he shall turn back our captivity.
    Man cannot free us from our bondage only YAH through His messiYah Yahoshua.
    http://www.hebrewisraelites.org

  2. Peace and glad I went overall it made a vast diffence.What I notice those black’s who claim it did not either did not show up or was dividing their self based on some phony religous arguing and debating.
    That march had plenty of women too, who came regardless of the hype.I remember it was a vast % of black women all in a uproar because they were told to stay home.
    Their lips were all poked out and they were all emotionally upset.
    I met some fine sister’s from the DC who told me they came to get a black man to be father to their babies and they were serious too.
    What I notice a vast % of black’s who did not show up might be dead,homeless, addicted to drugs or locked up in some slave updated slave plantation.
    If not still sitting on thei sidelines talking and waiting on some phony relligous stuff to save them from the current state of the new world order(disorder).

  3. Well; it showed that we can come together to make a difference. We fell short on the follow through. The Local Organizing Committees were great initially, but fizzled-out when the locally collected money began to be sent to the NOI. I fell for it (hook, line, and sinker) and still believe organizing locally will yield great results.

  4. No there are people waiting for some to tell them what to do!

  5. Unfortunately, I do not think it helped much, there is still mass confusion amongst black men/ young n middle aged.

  6. Hell No! Just think if a million Brother gave a dollar r two and open up a Shoe factory, Shirt factory, ETC….Anything to help us…

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