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Crear / Take Care of Your Community

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Interviewer: Did you work at all with AABL? African Americans for Black Liberation that was of U of H? (crosstalk) Crear: No, I don’t remember them because a lot of—and we worked with a lot just like Deloyd Parker at SHAPE. Me and him been close for years, but as far as ideology it was separate because they were cultural nationalists or Pan-Africanists. At that time—it’s ironic because all them working with white folks now but they criticized us harshly for associating with white folks. It’s just like I got a friend now (inaudible) saying, “That’s cause y’all were associating—” and I asked them, I said, “Did you ever see a white person in the Black Panther Party?” “No.” “Did you ever see a white person in the leadership of the Black Panther Party?” “No.” “Well, what are you talking about?” We had coalitions and we associate but we were all about taking care of ours first. Interviewer: Why take care of yours first? Crear: Because, in a sense, black people in particular, for one thing our community was very oppressed, police brutality and that whole thing. We have to organize ourselves first, our people and then we can—just like we target—you organize this—a question came recently when I was in L.A. at the Pan-African Festival. Erica Huggins who’s one of the leadership and this white, “Well, what can we do?” Erica told them “What you need to do is go into your community and organize your community. That’s what we need you to do.” We all relate—your people going to relate to you and what you say and then you can broaden it. Not to say you isolating everything. Like I said, we had all kind of coalitions. When I say take care (inaudible), I don’t mean that’s all we’re going to take care of, but in particular we got to organize our community. We have to have community control in our community. You have to have community control in your community. That’s one thing we talk about, community control because the black community like over in Third Ward, it’s the black community. Now you got gentrification going on, but it’s still the majority of people over here are black, so you got to get your community straight and have some type of control of your own community before you can help anybody else.

Interview Interview with John Crear
Subjects Community Organizations
Community Organizations › Community outreach
Race Relations › Black-White Race Relations
Housing › Neighborhoods › Gentrification
Tags African-Americans for Black Liberation (AABL)
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Interview date 2016-06-06
Interview source CRBB Summer 2016
Interviewees Crear, John
Interviewers Enriquez, Sandra
Rodriguez, Samantha
Locations Houston, TX
Duration 00:03:03
Citation "Take Care of Your Community ," from John Crear oral history interview with Sandra Enriquez and Samantha Rodriguez,  June 06, 2016, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed January 27, 2021