WE BUILT THIS HOUSE
YOU'RE LIVING IN.

Black trans folk, Black queer folk, Black girls, Black boys, Black women and Black men are being murdered by the state.

At every level of government, politicians have waged assault on Black communities through economic violence, environmental racism, police brutality, erasure of voting rights, mass incarceration and other forms of state violence.

#WeBuiltThis nation with our labor, our sweat and our blood. Black folk made this country what it is, and we have never benefited from it. We will build and rebuild until we have obtained the freedom that belongs to us.


“It was our labor that built this house.
You sat beneath the old cotton tree telling us
how long to work or how hard to work,
but it was our labor, our sweat and our blood
that made this country what it is,
and we’re the only ones who haven’t benefited from it.
All we’re saying today is,
it’s payday.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Black People Built America #WeBuiltThis

We Built This believes in Malcolm X’s idea of a “payday”—a day when Black folk can truly live free in a nation literally built on our backs. Let’s dream aloud about what that day looks like. Text FUBU to 228466 to join the conversation and the family.

Posted by AFROPUNK on Monday, October 31, 2016

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