Re: Capitalism Is To Under Pay Workers And Keep Pr
Posted By: rosalind In Response To: Re: Capitalism Is To Under Pay Workers And Keep Pr (discipleofthenile)
Date: Friday, 15 June 2007, at 10:00 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Capitalism Is To Under Pay Workers And Keep Pr (discipleofthenile)
Bless up Idren Isciple,
I'm not so sure that is a "fair statement". The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey's successes were far greater than his failures in my opinion.
It is true that Garvey's Black Star Line steamship company (1919 - 1922) was ultimately not successful and perhaps this is what the I refers to. There seems to have been some mismanagement on Garvey's part, particularly financial (the company's losses are estimated as having been over a million dollars). However, the Amerikkkan government most definitely did NOT want Garvey and The Black Star Line to succeed, hence it is difficult to know how much sabotage by the Bureau of Investigation was involved in the company's demise.
That said, the scope of Garvey's vision was clearly groundbreaking and one should not underestimate the powerful impact that the Back - to - Africa movement, the UNIA and the Black Star Line had and continue to have on InI people internationally.
The Black Star Line was to promote a global African economy; it was to be a Black owned and run company that promoted trade and exchange of services between Black people worldwide. Garvey's vision was revolutionary; the limits of the resources available to him and the power of the forces working against him may have been underestimated. Never the less, the Black Star Line was a very powerful and inspirational symbol of what Africans can do.
"They said that the Negro had no iniative; that he was not a business man, but a laborer; that he had not the brain to engineer a corporation, to own and run ships; that he had no knowledge of navigation, therefore the proposition was impossible. Oh! Ye of little faith; The Eternal has happened."
-Marcus Mosiah Garvey, on the launching of the Black Star Line.
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