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Old March 30th, 2007, 06:47 AM
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Problems Blacks Can't Escape From
by Anthony Assadulah Samad

In this article, Brother Samad discusses the circular nature of the enduring question -- How do we turn to ourselves to help solve more of our problems?

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The more the African American community tries to analyze how to pull itself up from the grips of despair, the more it opens itself up to greater criticism. Itís is more difficult to have a public conversation without those who either exploit black crisis or enjoy commenting on the state of the black crisis, as some form of catharsis for why such problem continue to persist. The racists come out every time public intellectuals assert that the historical social construct has contributed to the problem. America stopped talking about race because it could never win a conversation about race and the nationís complicit involvement in the creation of a race caste system. The emergence of classism and the persistence of poverty has crossed color lines and makes it difficult to assert race as a primary source of the problem. And thatís a problem. American society created the problem, but wants no responsibility in correcting the problem. Economic suppression is so great in poor communities that it is nearly impossible to escape from the social ills created by economics alone. Complicate this by poor education, poor health, poor family structures and poor values (choices), and you have a situation that black people canít escape from.

See the full article at The Black Commentator.
Are you more optimistic about the ability of the Black community to solve our problems? Or do you agree that our problems amount to a situation we cannot escape from?
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Old March 30th, 2007, 01:45 PM
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Problems Blacks Can't Escape From
by Anthony Assadulah Samad

In this article, Brother Samad discusses the circular nature of the enduring question -- How do we turn to ourselves to help solve more of our problems?

Are you more optimistic about the ability of the Black community to solve our problems? Or do you agree that our problems amount to a situation we cannot escape from?
Without getting two long winded, I will state the problem and suggested solutions:

Problem: Concerning the problems of most Blacks, we generally fall into 3 categories:

1. Those who are not looking to solve the problems, just out there to say "we neva gonna get it togetha"...thus implying that we are not only "inferior" but doomed to extinction. They are the discouragers and they seem to rejoice in their role of self-imposed Black destruction!

2. Those that assume Black creativity is "inferior" thus they depend upon other ethnic groups "solutions" that may not be best for us Black folk as a collective...and attempt to prevent us from pursuing the best possible means of dealing with our problems.

3. Those who ignorant of our (Black/African) solutions that have worked since time immeorial, and are ignorant of strategies that can work when adopted to modern times, thus they are usually suckered in by Black "leaders" in group number 2. These are the people who can be "saved".

4. Those who, with a sense of urgency, look for, learn about, and implement solutions that do work, has worked, and those that can work once critical mass of participation is achieved.

Our job is to concentrate on categories 3 & 4: those of category 3 who, when they learn better, will do better, should be combined with category 4 who are already doing something...or need the critical mass of those in category 3 to get it done. Unfortuantely we spend to much time not concentrating on category 3.

In an effort to attain critical mass...which is needed for most of our collective endevors... I will once again list suggested solutions to our plight:

1. LIB radio (www.libradio.com)
2. Izania: www.izania.com
3. Emerging Minds: www.emerginminds.org

These are just 3 entities that promote everything imaginable in category 4: from "Saving our Black boys" to "investing in Africa".

peace and love,

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Old March 30th, 2007, 03:04 PM
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I agree with what your saying because some of our people don't try to change they feel like it will be like that forever and they don't have any faith. And a lot of our people can't keep from fighting and killing one another so they don't want any change or want to help there neighborhoods because all they want to do is get trouble. Then we have the Black people who have things and got this and that and say this needs to be done but don't care because their not faced with. And lastly I believe the only way we can have more change is that we have to try to get along not just with each other but with others.
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Old March 30th, 2007, 04:29 PM
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We keep posing the question. We affirm a solidarity that we want Black life to be better, more productive and as prosperous as other living beings. We know there's a long road ahead and treacherous paths to wollow, but nevertheless we must do it for children who need a better playing field by the time they become full grown adults. Of course its a matter of consciousness, but it is also a matter of pulling that consciousness from the subconscious level of our people.

Observant folks know that repetitious actions become habit. By setting in motion different notions, activities, and continuing to do so over a long and extended period of time, non-developed minds can basically be led to do anything, say whatever, believe anything told to them and forget anything its controller wants. Since we live in a country where ca$h is king, corporations pretty much run the country via one influence or other. Back in the day, these 'companies' created jobs with a notion of making a profit and helping themselves and their families. On a barren land they saw visions and enacted it upon themselves to build and develop communities, themselves and their people. To this day, people of vision are driven by the same desires of old, its just that some do it so much better than others.

While the majority and some negroes want America to be and act as a colorblind society, those who know their colors do whats best for themselves. The colorblind notion itself is nothing more than a pacifier. To keep a person lulled to sleep, living the dream and experiencing the nightmare.

The majority and some negroes say we 'need a leader' and are more than ready to put one up there for you. All the while knowing that they are proposing people of their own 'religious or political party affiliation', their own socioeconomic makeup or someone who is seen by them as a 'good' Black.

I think that Black America needs good followers. I have met people with solid ideas, viable programs to invest time and money into, committed to delivering services to our people. They lack the physical support of volunteers and financial support from those Black folks who complain the longest and loudest. They see these very people volunteering many hours a week to a church that provides no programs of need in the community; which is why they say they don't have time. They spend all-day at church flossin with they hats, suits and jewelry and all evening at Bible classes and Worship studies,,, all the while Black life in their midst is crumbling. They have a scripture, passgae or verse for everything that ills them, but can't come up with a small suggestion or time that used properly would take one problem off the table.

If the progressive leaders we have in our communities could just get our own folks to support their honest efforts, our problems and those elements that create them could be put on notice. I have said it once, and I think I will say it again. We need to stop giving our money to the United Way and those other majority run nonprofits that do nothing but financially empower themselves. We need to take that money and establish our own skills trade programs, and provide counseling services directly in our neighborhoods. No longer should a sister on welfare have to travel across town to some white agency that has never hired Black women, lived next to them, or volunteered in their community. Who'se fooling who?

We need to implement focused small business training courses, workshops, and support/developmental services that are structured to meet our business/community needs. Not that of the so-called 'minority'.

In our small domain in the world, our agency is doing just that. We are taking on policy, providing newly created programs specifically targeted towards growth industries. We are making counselors available to assist in the preparation of business/marketing plans. We have made a facility whereas a person almost feels healed of the racist injustices they have been through by just coming to our building. Sisters on welfare and brother on probation/parole first feel that they are welcomed and wanted.

Good followers should be helping to implement successful programs, practices and activities that they find in various places coast-to-coast. Following a successful model is nothing to be ashamed of and we don't always have to be the first to think of; or do something. I still look to the Delancy Street Model when monitoring our agency's performance with ex-offenders. I learned about it here on iZania. We do much of what they do, and a little more on behalf of our clients.

When we have a network of solid programs, services and activities that are universal in nature and scope, then state-by-state we can begin to work as a unit to perfect and expand what works and whats working. Only then will others; and even our own naysayers have any real respect for our efforts.

'no army can beat an ideas whose time has come'

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Old March 30th, 2007, 05:47 PM
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There are two observations about human conduct that I have seen which helps to solve problems -- particularly big problems.
  1. First, those who are suffering from the problem must acknowledge that there is a problem and begin to mount an effort equal to the size of the problem to solve it. In the case of the issues in the Black community, we have been through the cycle of blamming 'masa, and then the cultural denials that " this is just the way we are. Let's be real." We have acted like crabs in a barrel, and attacked or refused to support those who are making progress to escape the nightmare. And now, we are seeing a groundswell of acknowledgement and ownership of solutions from within the community. This is a very important key indicator about the potential for successfully addressing the issues. We are seeing programs like IBSA, and the Black Star Project, and Africentric Schools emerge in positive ways to forge grassroots initiatives. These are critical success factors that can be replicated easily in the Information Age.
  2. The second observation that is critical to success is that there is always a need for outside help to "get over the top" in solving the big problems. Global organizations hire consultants, not because the consultants are smarter, but because the outside perspective helps to provide balance and a "reality check" that prevents the organization from self-destructing by believing their own PR. We humans have an amazing ability to convince ourselves of a lie. "We are no good at testing, so our children can't perform well on culturally biased tests." Some lies are fed to us from the outside, and have to be balanced against our own reality check. Nevertheless, to the extent that we often contribute to our own problems, the actions that got us into trouble won't get us out, no matter how many times we repeat them. So, we should carefully choose outside collaborators who can assist us to achieve "our objectives" not theirs.
In this online community, and others all across the country, we are beginning to leverage the power of commnications and collaboration via the Internet to implement solutions that work. More importantly, we are sharing our knowledge and encouraging others to act in our self-interests. The priority placed on our top priorities has helped us to challenge outsiders to address our agendas. We aren't where we ought to be, but I am encouraged by the signs of progress that I see.

Keep up the good work and contributions iZania community! Every little bit helps.

Amandla!
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