During the enslavement period of Blacks in America, the Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 was enacted in Virginia. It was the legal act of freeing a slave for “good deeds,” as defined by the national public policy, and could be granted to a slave who would do one of four things:
1. The slave who saved the life of a White person. 2. The slave who protected the property of a White person. 3. The slave who invented something from which a White person could make a profit. 4. The slave who inform, squealed or “snitched” on his own people who plot any revolt to break free of slavery.
This is where the term “sell out” came from. 400 hundred years later, Black folks are still dealing with sell-outs, especially some of our prominent Blacks who are nothing more than sycophants for the Entertainment industry, various Civil Rights causes, Conservative parties, Consulting businesses, Ministers and Politicians.
I often hear that everyone has a number, a price they would accept to sell-out. Although many have that special number, a price for which they would sell-out, it's a shame there are only few who did not and seemingly will not sell-out, no matter what. We only take interest in those who teach Black business ownership and control, with the ability to create jobs, as well as a code of conduct among our people, complete with penalties and sanctions that would curtail the inappropriate behavior of selling one another out.
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