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Blacks should not cheer trillions in infrastructure spending if we don’t get our fair share of the money

What is the Black agenda? Is it a drive for economic freedom? Is it a quest for social justice? Or is it the push for racial equality?

If the Black agenda is any of these things, it must be all of them. Because all Black people are not alike. We don’t think the same things. We don’t have the same experiences. That is not a weakness. That is a strength.

That strength allows us to see that true freedom costs more than words. It costs money. So, we don’t cheer the promise of jobs that comes from a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill unless those jobs come to our community. We’re not blinded by trillions in social spending that’s spoon-fed to us in pennies. True freedom means controlling the dollars, not waiting to get them from you.

The strength of the Black experience lies in the fact that we came here in different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now. So, some of us know what it is to come here against our will, while others know what it is to come for a better life. That’s why we can measure the plight of Afghan refugees against our own. We watch our politicians promise them assistance and wonder when ours will arrive. We see the nation that has ignored our suffering listen to others with empathy. And yes, it makes us angry.

Because while the Black agenda seeks social justice for everyone, it specifically seeks racial justice for us.

Until we are made whole economically, we will not cheer when you say you’re spending trillions. Until Black communities get housing and security, we will question why others get it first. Until there is racial equality, we will push our own Black agenda. Because our freedom isn’t just one of those things. Our freedom comes from all of them.
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