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'