“What have you done?”[for the Black Community] Solution #1

This is a question that many people within the Black community ask our leaders. The problem that some of us Black folk have, is that we expect an overnight turn around when it comes to the problems that plague our community. No politician or said “leader” will make any change that will completely mitigate the issues we have. The onus has unfortunately been placed on our athletes and billionaires, because they hold a high amount of capital that many Blacks beneath them don’t have. For this favored group, many of us will argue about what one has done for our community. The question that always gets tossed around whenever we get mad at each other is ultimately “What have you done for the Black community?”

 

Solution #1: Education

When I say education, I don’t solely mean schools. I am talking about self-improvement by all means. Challenging yourself to read daily about something that may enhance your life or give you a different perspective. Despite being a trash truck driver working 12-14 hours a day, I read as much as I possibly can. There are audiobooks that you can listen to if you are busy at work all day or traveling to school via public transportation. E-books are really awesome to me, because you can highlight important parts of the book and visual reading has a way of gluing information to your brain. Even if you could on focus on one book a month, that is way better than none. Reading exercises the brain, and gives you more context of the subject matter you choose to study. By improving your mind, you inadvertently improve your vocabulary in conversations without even recognizing it. I have denounced religion because of books, and figured out who I truly was as a man by reading. For you, it may bring you closer to your spiritual deity. The more that your mind improves, it improves the family members that interact with you on a daily basis.

Without proper knowledge, you will be bamboozled by politicians, outwitted by sleazy salesmen, and jumping into situations without proper perspective. Back in slavery we had laws that prohibited slaves from reading. Couple centuries down the line, and you have a lot of brothers and sistas who refuse to pick up a book other than Steve Harvey’s dating book, or something trivial. In order to improve education for our children, we have to improve our own personal education. You don’t have to enroll at your local city college (which I recommend you doing, if you have the time and ambition to do) to get education. You can get free books at a library with a library card. I don’t care if you have a grown son/daughter living with you, or a toddler, reading should be essential in your house if you are black. It’s never too late to learn something new. We as blacks have been told that if you go to college, then everything will be awesome. Statistics are coming out that degrees don’t equal jobs. Go to school if you are pursuing a passion that will yield a positive return of investment. We live in an economy where you have Ph.D students working as baristas, and journalism majors struggling to make it in the industries they were amorous about. College is not for every kid, some kids are smart, but would be more useful inside of a trade school to apply that genius to a technical skill. I want my child to go to college like the next person, but I have my reservations on forcing my child to pick a college major to impress my friends/family. I would rather my child find a passion and pursue it. No degree will let me compromise my child’s future over selfish ambition. To read further on this topic, check out this book by Will Bennett:

https://www.amazon.com/College-Worth-Secretary-Education-Graduate/dp/1595552790/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475820554&sr=1-1&keywords=is+college+worth+it

 

To advance within the dominant society, we need proper guidance into how economics work. If you have no basic understanding of economics and how money works, you will be misled by many assumptions without concrete evidence. I want reparations for slavery on behalf of my  African ancestors, but if im spending that money on European luxury instead of black businesses, what is the point.  One of the best books I have read on economics that breaks down complex economics in layman terms, check out this book:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Economics-Solutions-Community-Empowerment/dp/0913543829/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475816736&sr=1-1&keywords=black+economics

 

You as a Black person should know the basic fundamentals of money. You don’t have to sign up for some expensive course online.  I found a book written by Jason Kelly at my local library, it was the world’s simplest book on finance tips. You can even find this book on eBay for dirt cheap as a used book.

https://www.amazon.com/Financially-Stupid-People-Are-Everywhere/dp/0470579757/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1475817155&sr=8-7&keywords=jason+kelly

 

If you only read these two books and nothing else, these two books will lead you in the right direction in current time.

As far as history goes, it is up to you what you wish to read. The greatest black person to ever live, in my honest opinion, can be no one other than Harriet Tubman. She put it down so hard for black people back in the day, she even was rumored to carry a pistol. Treason was not going to be an option if you rolled with “Minty”. I have read my history, therefore my child will be schooled on history, and how it repeats itself in different forms. Read Malcolm X in his prime, and the relevance of an old Harlem speech will send chills down your spine. It is almost like you are conjuring dead spirits that speak directly to you. You will see the contrast of groups led by Martin Luther King Jr., compared with today’s so called leaders.

 

Last but not least, we have to be more accountable for family members or friends that are incarcerated. We need to send them letters of encouragement, commissary money on birthdays and holidays. I know you may say that “If you did the crime, you do the time”, but it is far too many Black men in the system for us to turn our backs on them. I would suggest finding the prison wherever the family member or friend is located and research programs that they could sign up for. There ARE accredited programs that are financed by the state that inmates could participate in, depending on where you live and the facility where the inmate is detained, where many of them don’t know about the programs to be taken advantage of. A lot of the programs are trades. Print out this information and mail it to the inmate to let them know what their detention center offers. I have a cousin that I mailed over 20 books to. Books about business and fitness, magazine subscriptions, how to start a small business and write a business plan. So that way, when he/she gets out of prison, he knows how to write a business plan for the trade he/she learned behind bars. The reason it is important to provide facts on the obstacles facing him/her, is to cut down on jail recidivism. I let my relative know the obstacles facing him and send books about former convicts who found a way out of the system. If you can’t stand writing to a person, than at least send a book, or print an article. You never know what impact it may have.

If you feel that there is someone that you know may benefit from this post, please share on all social media platforms available. Feel free to drop comments below and give insight. We need to spread the word. 

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21 thoughts on ““What have you done?”[for the Black Community] Solution #1

  1. Great post Brotha Eddie. To answer the rhetoric, I try not to be a debt to my fellow bretheren. Meaning I’m not going ti take away from us but add something. If a tragedy happens and I’m front and center I would want my fellow black people to say “He represented us correctly.” I opened a bank account with one United bank, a black owned banks, and I really started purchasing alot of knick knacks and goods from black owned businesses. Helping out when I can. It could be something as small as letting someone borrow some tools. This blog was awesome man, oh and great work on YouTube brotha. Peace Love and Nappiness lol no typo

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  2. Great post per usual. Education is key! I do agree with you that it’s for every child however, in order to create change we got to meet “them” where they are. We have to work 10times as much and be way more educated just to have a seat at the table, not even to talk. It’s sad! But we need a leader in our times today and sadly we don’t have one.
    Supporting black business is key however, our black business owners need to conduct business the same!! I would always support my country men of Haiti and support and conduct with them but to be honest they are the worse! Why because on any occasion they always try to scam me on money! But I can counter that and say that if they were treated fairly initially and given more opportunities as the majority of business owners, maybe they would feel the need to scam us as patrons! It’s a catch 20, in that instance, what do you do??

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    1. That’s is very true Ms. V. and Brotha Eddie. I have that dilemma about supporting our businesses as well. Our business acumen is not up to par and sometimes I don’t feel like a consumer. We should demand great service from our business owners. As far as Haiti, I want to donate but there was an article on Facebook l where Haitians are telling us not to donate to the red Cross. Remember Wyclef Yela organization was a big front? Great post and great commentary. Working 20 times harder is hitting the nail on the head. We have to triple check everything because our presence is is threatening to most.

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      1. Yes! Leave the Red Cross alone! Doctors Without Borders is a good one because they actually are active! Partner up with a local church is sending things there directly or find a Haitian buddy who has connections!! But no to the Red Cross, Wyclef crap and the Clinton Foundation!

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      2. Excellent I will donate to doctors without borders. See that’s why I love this right here. I couldn’t find one donation sight on TV or on the Internet that wasn’t the Red Cross. Thank you

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    2. Okay V, what do you mean by ‘meet them where they are’. It would take 269 years to get where they are today. But they would have to remain stagnant. Catching up is almost impossible.

      In order to progress, we need to create a separate but equal mind state. We are the only group of people who allow other races to assimilate and benefit off of our efforts, while building businesses in our so called communities and profiting off of our dollar. No other race does that.

      We have to stop trying to get a seat at their table, and build our own. No leader is going to save us from our turmoil. These politicians are paid off by companies who fund their campaign. They have no interest in uplifting black people. They will come to our neighborhood and say stop listening To hip hop music, and pull up your pants, but won’t tell Black’s how to write a business plan and read stocks. Immigrants come here with no education and mock us. They start a business with whatever money they have, let it grow within time, and buy a strip mall, where they have 4 or 5 businesses in one.

      Black businesses can be sketchy, so you have to exercise caution, because there are some scammers out there. The biggest black business is a church. We need to hold churches accountable for how the money is spent. Churches, as well as black businesses need to reinvest back into the community they serve. That should be the deal breaker right there. Ask the black business what black businesses they support, or what black causes.

      Haiti is wrought with corruption. There is no way around it. That’s unfortunate but true.

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  3. First of all, great post!

    Now let me tell you a story: I read “You Have a Brain – A Teen’s Guide to Think Big” by Dr. Ben Carson with my son. (IMO, this book should be in every classroom as it is so inspirational.) I posted the link to my FB page, and stated this was the man I was voting for. The response I got from my black FB friends, was name-calling; Uncle Tom, in particular.

    Why in the world is there such animosity towards a fella who is so intelligent, successful, giving and nice?

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    1. Thanks for adding to the conversation. Why the backlash from black friends on FB? I think me and you know why. There is this implicit ‘black card’ that is held, invisible to the eye, where if you speak about responsibility more than race, you will be labeled as a ‘uncle tom’. I know that racism does exist, and white supremacy is alive and well. I know that Ben Carson is a bright and intelligent man, but unfortunately he gets lumped in with Thomas Sowell and Justice Thomas. If you publicly side with white folks, you will be condemned by the black community. It is just the way it is.

      Now I do feel, that we have to take on the responsibility that we can handle. We can’t tackle police brutality or ‘BLACK ON BLACK VIOLENCE’ without setting a strong foundation of education. Black on black crime stems from poverty and desperation. Poverty stems from limited resources and poor education. The more we focus on education, the clearer the solutions become. We as black people need to raise educational maniacs. Our children should know their history and how important their future depends on the knowledge they acquire in the present.

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  4. Wow, this is so cool! I would add, though, that reading isn’t just a way to better your life in a material sense. It is also a way to be happy. Books are challenging, books are uplifting, books expand the mind. Human beings want to be challenged, to be uplifted, to have their minds expanded. I am very luck because I am a tenured university professor, so I make decent money. I’ll never be rich, but I can’t complain that I’m poor. I was poor for many years, though, when I was in graduate school and immediately thereafter. I lived for three years in an apartment with no hot water. I had books, though, and books made me happy. I remember realizing one day, that I was never going to have so much money as I thought I would when I was a little kid. At first I was very unhappy, but then I thought about my life, how interesting and challenging it was, about how I was never bored because I had books, and good friends to discuss them with. Books are truly life changing in a positive sense!

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