If anything, the episodes of Kyrie and Ye in 2022 taught us that we, Black people, in the third decade of 21st century, are still not totally free, in spite of what they want us to think. If the Powers that Be can dispossess us as swiftly as that from all of our acquisitions -rightfully built along a lifetime- that means it was never ours in the first place.
And this is not new. The pillage, disruption, discrimination, violence and exhaustive control of our activities reached such an extent that Black communities were forced to create enclaves in the past for securing their assets and pursuing a certain type of freedom. These enclaves provided Black Americans with some of what white America had been denying them for centuries. The main example that we can give is the Underground Railroad. This secret network provided routes and safe houses for enslaved African Americans to escape into free states and other countries. This underground network was so called because “they who took passage on it disappeared from public view as really as if they had gone into the ground,” according to John Rankin.
In the 21st century, DAOs and Web3 technology have allowed us to create those enclaves our ancestors really struggled to build in a very methodological manner while risking their lives to free or provide a secured passage to a “better life”. Trustless, anonymous, immutable and democratic technology can facilitate a (re)union, that for centuries we have been trying to rematerialize. A well-thought and designed token can allow a virtual community to take control of their own decision-making and financial resources.
As everything done on the blockchain is immutable, copyrights and royalties are secured, and no intermediary will be able to regulate who succeeds or fails. We used to look for patrons or companies that considered our creations worthy to make them known. Now, we simply have to create or look for a community (local or global) interested in and/or knowledgeable about our genre and style so that they can make their own judgment of good, useful or bad.
Do you want to be part of those engineering the changes for the betterment of our community, or would you rather wait until all the speculators finish flooding the virtual spaces and then try to catch the bread crumbs that fall off of the table? Let us write history today so our descendants can remember our courage to change the status quo and dare to face challenges to secure a better future for them.