There is a cancer that holds back the black community. If we were to look at the progress, the wealth and the advancement of the black community today vs. the black community 75 years ago, it would be an embarrassment.
The black cancer in our community is called “justification”. Here’s what we mean. There are certain things that are a must for someone to expect to be successful. Much of what we call the “black culture” are things that ruin our opportunities for wealth creation and teaches our kids poor behaviors. However, because many of these things make us feel good, we tend to justify the reasons we do them.
We can’t want to be successful but expect success to fit our comfort. Because we have been living a certain way for so long, success for our entire group will have to be uncomfortable. It will take an entire generation to accept this discomfort and live it out until it becomes the new “way of life” for the next generation. We can’t expect success to show up at the doorsteps of dysfunction. We must fix ourselves!
What we fail to realize is many of our entertainers of today are controlled by white companies and white investors. However, the minute we see one of “our” drop-outs, convicts or drug users/dealers find fame and millions in entertainment, we start to believe that this lifestyle is cool to live and is entitled to millions as well. It is all a TRAP and a “set-up” for more black people to follow lifestyle of that person.
Black people we cannot keep justifying our dysfunction. We cannot make jewels, sex and partying the “branding” of our community. We cannot have a trillion-dollar spending power but 30% unemployment. We cannot live selfishly and expect our people to flourish collectively.
If you pay close attention, these large corporations invest in campaigns to make us “believe” corporations are the best places to work and shop rather than with our local black-owned businesses. They are investing in the fame of the people in our communities who represent the “worst” examples of success just to make us live like that person, KNOWING that our young people will spend a lot of their youthful years living dysfunctionally too, hoping our children make decisions they are unable to recover from (felony convictions, death, HIV, producing bastard children, etc.) If our children can do that, it keeps us poor and keep them wealthy. It’s all a trap!
We cannot let our black youth compare their allowances to the actions of Whites youth. Their infrastructure is built and their children can easier find recovery from youthful mistakes; not ours.
Family, we cannot just talk about it. We cannot just justify it. We have to band together and invest in what real success looks like and what will bring us real wealth and leverage. It is what will stop us from going backwards. We are not in pursuit of black supremacy either, just black equality. Until our bank accounts are equal relatively, we are continuing to operate from an underclass position.
If you want to stand with us and participate in our plan to reverse the black assimilation and gentrification, inbox us, like this page and stay tuned for announcements we will be making. It’s time for us to get serious!
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