Strenghtening the Black Community


My opinion

A friend asked about my opinion on the solution to some of the issues concerning the Black Community. Is it more unity, better education, more politics, or more religion? My answer is yes to all! There are multiple solutions because there are multiple concerns. My background however, leads me to believe that there is a common link between all the possible solutions. Especially relevant is one of my favorite quotes from Booker T Washington:

“At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence. “

The Economics

Many people do not wish for the baseline solution to be an economic one. Mostly because they believe in the saying that money is the root of all evil. However, the actual statement is the love of money is the root of all evil. We need to understand the history of this nation and this world to fully understand the power of capitalism. The reality is that economics has always influenced politics, education and religion.

Black Community Economics

The 19th century Black communities illustrated that economics can lead to a higher level of independence and freedom. Merely acquiring solo wealth however, is not enough to make a difference. Rather the creation of group wealth is what will change the perception of the community. It is easy to downplay one person’s advancement; but it will be a lot harder to downplay the advancement of an entire community. Group Economics has always been the answer. Developing businesses in the Black community is a start.

First Step in The Solution

As a result, I am not talking about opening a Starbucks or McDonald’s. I am talking about opening an accounting firm, a computer manufacturing company, commodity companies that need to hire multiple people. I am looking for companies to put their headquarters in Black communities. Talented individuals living in these neighborhoods are forced to travel in excess of 45 minutes to get to work. Therefore every morning, the community leaders, the people with discretionary funds evacuate the neighborhoods; taking with them their leadership, discretionary funds and the community feel.