The Black Community Suffers from a Massive Economic Structural Deficit – Part 3, 4/25/2017

After looking at the horrible social and economic conditions that have and continue to attack the Black community at every level, one must conclude that the Black community has a real and very lethal enemy. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, the acknowledgement of this enemy has been all but forgotten by many in our community and the millennial generation doesn’t know about it at all. The sad reality for many is that we don’t even believe such a thing is possible. When some of our Black leaders have articulated this, they have been called Black racists (something that’s impossible to be) or something negative by Black leaders mainly because white America has delegitimized this type of Black leadership – even so-called liberals.

It’s amazing to me that we have we have such a reality gap between the white and Black community when it comes to the suffering of Black people at the hands of white America (conservative and/or liberal) and the current impact of that suffering on today’s generation of Black people. To deny this reality isn’t a political philosophy; it’s just an absolute lie. To deny the Black Holocaust and all of its derivatives and to deny the existence of white privilege is just pure evil and you would think that even the so-called “liberal” white person would be on the side of Black liberation, but that goes against their nature (we’re liberal up to a point).

Where is the white liberal scholar, politician, clergy, businessman, historian, economist, psychologist, etc. when it comes to understanding the plight of the Black community in America? I know, their liberalism is based on a “no-cost” policy. We can give them civil rights; we can let them live in our neighborhoods; we can hire a few of them; we can let a few of them into our private clubs; we can even let them marry our women. However, when it comes down to what really counts (economic equality and attempts to repair our inability to compete through the damage which was done by their ancestors), there are real limits to their liberalism. We can’t even envision compensating the Black community for the absolutely unbelievable contribution that our people made to their current wealth because that would be a cost to them. I call this type of liberalism ‘liberal colonialism.”

If you’ve suffered like the Black community has suffered in America for nearly 500 years, for no reason other than being Black, at a minimum you must come to realize that you are in a fight for your survival and you have an enemy. This isn’t an enemy or a fight that we’ve chosen. It is one that was thrust upon us for reasons still unknown. Why is this important? When the Black community knows that they are in a fight and that they have an enemy, they adjust and respond accordingly. They fight back and that fight is integrated into every aspect of Black life similar to what the Jews have done.

In response to the Jewish Holocaust, the Jewish community has thoroughly and completely adopted a concept that speaks to “never again” and “never forget” about those who persecuted them and why they were persecuted (just for being Jewish). In response, they have incorporated this theme into every aspect of Jewish life (including religious) and today they are able to defend themselves and their group by detecting and defeating any hint of anti-Semitic behavior coming from anyone. In addition, they have held everyone who participated in their Holocaust ACCOUNTABLE, which is what the Black community must do. THE BLACK COMMUNITY MUST HOLD AMERICA ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE BLACK HOLOCAUST AND OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC STRUCTURAL DEFICIT.

Unfortunately, the Black community has no real infrastructure or organization to truly hold America and its many governments and institutions accountable. One of the first aspects of reparations must be capacity building. There is no “one” leader or organization capable of this undertaking. Nor is there a built-in socialization process that teaches Black children that we’re in a fight for our survival and that we have an enemy. When more and more Black children are indoctrinated with this reality, they will be more diligent and dutiful to be on guard and they will better prepare themselves to take on this fight (they will own it). This is even more important given the fact that within our current education, religion, and the language that we speak, there is a higher attention (value) given to being white and just the opposite for being Black.

Organization and infrastructure development are absolutely critical to taking on this fight. In fact, it can’t be done without it and our opponent knows this. How can you take on a fight against America and its hundreds of institutions simultaneously? We must first come to understand this reality and this fact. We are woefully outmanned and when things are bad as long as they have been, they become structural (baked into the status quo). This is why when you look in the rearview mirror of Black life, you see a whole host of great Black leaders and organizations that existed in the past, but are no longer around today. Many of these great leaders and organizations aren’t even remembered today and they have absolutely no known relevance. We must ask ourselves why. When we don’t have strong, independent Black organizations, we have no defense of the Black liberation (structural deficit).

The struggle for liberation of our people isn’t something that will be achieved at one point and time, but over a long period, which requires that we have organizations and institutions that are able to thrive for generations. These Black institutions must be built to last long after we are dead and our children can take them over and continue the struggle, building on the successes achieved by previous generations (not always starting over). We must have Black organizations and institutions that can build, aggregate capacity, and develop expertise. Our community can’t take on the enemy of the Black community without this continuous and uninterrupted capacity. We must understand the value of historical IQ to keep us always moving in the right direction and not burdened by yesterday’s mistakes. Experience is the best teacher especially when you can incorporate it into today’s practice.

A Black institution becomes both a structure and mechanism with the governing behavior of liberation for our people through both the defense and offense of the Black economic agenda. Why didn’t those organizations continue? Why didn’t those organizations become institutions? Our community has dropped the ball because we thought that somehow others would do for us what we must do for ourselves. We thought white liberals would help us to create Black institutions, which is somehow against their very nature. When we don’t understand that we have an enemy or, at least we have a competitor (competition is like war), we don’t build to defend ourselves and our organizations and they start, grow, and then die out (its automatic). This reality is prevalent within our business community, is the foundation for our ongoing economic structural deficit.

Brothers and sisters, I ask you: Who is really defending the Black community? Yes, we have people and organizations that are trying to defend the Black community, but they are not aligned. Who is defending our community within the hundreds of different arenas with obvious and serious disparities (education, health, government, economics finance, and justice)? Who is working every day to fight our enemy in the cities, counties, and states where we reside? Who is representing us within the multiple sectors of the economy (i.e. quasi-public, large non-profits, philanthropic, and the number of for-profit industries)? Who is defending us within the thousands of organizations that help to guide American institutions and help to form public opinion? Everyone knows that a good defense is having a good offense. So, from what evidence can we ascertain that our community has the capacity to advance the Black agenda versus being in a perpetual defensive mode? We have an economic structural deficit and it won’t/can’t be fixed without coming to understand this reality. We must support Black organizations until they become institutions.

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