Sunday, February 9, 2020

Will the Black Community Ever See Unity?

The world has become a global community.  Without a base community in your country, it is difficult to compete on a global scale.  You need a unified team to compete.  Has it always been this way?   

From 1944-1964, the black community experienced its
greatest economic growth and prosperity.  By 1968, there were more black owned businesses per capita than any time after that.  Those businesses were on path to economic power and the community had strong unity.  Then it stopped.  What happened?

While there is merit to how desegregation, welfare and heroin damaged the black community in the 1960s.  During that time, choices were made and men had a hand in it.  They allowed themselves to be put out of the house so their woman could collect welfare.  Some of those men chose drugs and/or alcohol.  From there, the community started a downward spiral.   

In the 1970s, affirmative action enticed women in the same way government welfare did.  That too was a choice taken by men and women.  When they took a job in corporate America, they abandoned the generational wealth that was being created through black owned businesses.

Abandoning the strategy of creating black owned businesses in favor of a so-called prestigious job in IBM, for example, had other economic effects.  Like desegregation, it took the black dollar out of the black community and into the communities of other ethnic groups.     

While there are more college degrees and high-income jobs amongst black Americans today, it does little to nothing to create generational wealth.  You cannot pass your job on to the next generation to perpetuate wealth.
Everything above created divisions and subdivisions.  It also created self-destructive cultures that are justified by people engaged in the behavior.  Violent or demeaning music is just one. 

Without question, this is a can of worms.  However, it cannot be resolved by sweeping it under the rug.  Let’s start the conversation with the intent of creating new conversations and a new mindset.  Join me tonight!   

Tonight, Sunday, February 9, from 7:00pm-9:00pm (EST) at Straight Talk with Ted Santos.

Call to comment or ask questions live at: (323) 642-1387.

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