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Many people have talked about what could happen if Black America became its own country. Aaron McGruder even wrote a comic book about it, titled Birth of a Nation.

Recently on CNN conservative radio talk-show host Larry Elder declared that “if Black America were a country, it would be the 15th-wealthiest country in the world.” Turns out his math was wrong. But after Elder’s remarks, the Republican strategist Ron Christie argued that there is no such thing as “Black America” and, further, that the very notion of it is antithetical “to our national motto of E Pluribus Unum.”

Alright, sure. But given the current state of America and how Black folks are being treated, we can all dream, can’t we?

In an article for The Atlantic, “What If Black America Were a Country”,  by Theodore Johnson, decided to see just how things could look like if Black America were its own country:

Naturally, this exercise presumes a monolithic black America, but this is a standard hazard when comparing large entities using statistical medians and per-capita rates. Another obvious concern is that a sub-national, racial demographic is not equivalent to a sovereign nation. Nearly all the sources of black America’s attributes are grounded in America’s history, economy, geography, and government structures. Still, it is this truism that gives weight to the insight revealed by the following charts: Black America is a fragile state embedded in the greatest superpower the world has ever known.

In the infographics below, two pictures emerge. The first is of a strong nation with considerable manpower and purchasing power. The second is of a troubled, fragile state suffering from socioeconomic disparities and structural subjugation in ways that degrade life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (on some measures, black America resembles countries like Brazil, China, and Russia—emerging powers that are struggling with stark economic inequality). Essentially, what we’re witnessing is a nation that is comparable in certain ways to a regional power existing in the state of Disparistan (or, perhaps, Despairistan). This is more than an inconvenient truth; it fundamentally undermines the United States’ greatest contribution to humanity: the American idea.

The statistics tell the story.

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Seems like Black America is truly at a crossroads and that would definitely impact the potential of being its own nation. What do you think?

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