What is Blaxit?

We are transplanted seeds of our original culture.

Forced, destined by sinister winds scattering us far and wide, yet we are here.

Here is where we are now rooted.

Our fiber permanently weaved into the fabric of America.

BLAXIT is not about going anywhere. Its about finally reaping all that we have sown.

 

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The idea of Blaxit, or the mass exodus of African Americans out of the United States, is an idea born out of Brexit, the referendum on whether or not Britain should leave the European Union. Blaxit is in response to the lack of reform against police brutality and a glaringly unequal justice system in the US.

The first appearance of the Blaxit hashtag on Twitter was June 5th 2016 in a tweet by Sonia Brown (@soniatalks), entrepreneur and founder of the National Black Women’s Network in the UK.

On July 11, 2016 Blaxit was written about by Ulysses Burley III of the Salt Collective in which he lists the “21 things we’re taking with us if we leave”. The hashtag gained the most traction after the topic also appeared on awesomelyluvvie.com a popular pop culture blog from award winning writer, Luvvie Ajayi.

Largely seen as a joke, people took to twitter and other social media outlets to add to that list.

But we cannot forget the original call for Africans to return to their motherland by the great Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. who in a 1921 speech to the Universal Negro Improvement Association spoke about emancipating Blacks around the world “industrially, educationally, politically and religiously”.

Many of the ills that plague the Black community today are mentioned in this 1921 speech which makes one realize that though much has changed many things are still the same.

It is time to seek out and bring together all those who are having a serious conversation about the status of the Black community in America and create realistic and measurable goals to improve on the ideas of those that came before us. Never before in the history of the world has there been a platform as free and far reaching as the Internet. BlaxitLife believes it is the vehicle by which industrial, educational, political, religious and educational emancipation right here in the United States is a possibility.

There is no reason to leave what we have helped build. We once had to ask for basic human rights knowing we faced unimaginable cruelty before, during and after receiving those rights. Today, as a people, we need to realize that we don’t have to ask for our safety, our education, our prosperity. It is in our hands.

#JokesOver.