I was recently attending the Detroit Black Expo at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. This event takes place every third Friday of any given month. It is an opportunity for those who own small Black owned businesses to get out and network with those who are also seeking to expand their horizons.
What I noticed, though, is the age makeup of this event every month when I attend. Mostly young African American men and women.
Let's see. We have young Black people meeting for a common purpose.
1. Wealth Creation.
2. Economic Empowerment.
3. Building a foundation for our children.
6. Freedom from the grasp of redtape beaucracy.
To me it sounds like conservative principles. In some circles you would have thought there were a room of young black Republicans (these young people are predominately independent voters).
So how come Black Socialists and Nationalists do not support this type of event? After all they cry about "Afrika-Town." What our young brothers and sisters are doing sounds more like Afrika town to me than what the Black nationalists groups are talking about.
Oppression? I did not hear ONE brother or sister talk about it. I saw young (as well as middle aged), energetic people pushing their products and making things happen.
400 years of slavery? It did not stop them.
I agree with Tony Brown when he says we need Black Economic empowerment if we want to free ourselves from "oppression." Black Nationalists debunk this, however, what the hell do you think Powernomics is?
Poverty exists because of the lack of education. It does not exists because of the white man, oppressors and capitalism. In fact, Black people should embrace capitalism because it means empowerment on our end. We should reject socialism because it is a form of psychological slavery that keep us dependent on a larger system to take care of us.
Some may argue that most Black people do not have any disposable income to invest. One site I was reading went even to say the following:
"The thing about Black capitalism [and capitalism generally] is that it uses myths, lies, scapegoating, confusion, and even our own racial loyalty to scam us and pick our pockets."
I was baffled reading this because it is hard core fact that socialist politics have kept Detroit from being a world-class city for decades. This is a prime fact. Some may say know your history on the city. I do and after years of analysis I have come to the conclusion that we cannot continue to do business as usual in the city of Detroit.
Finally, I cannot count how many young Black people are into real estate and mortgages. You talking about wealth creation. NONE of them I spoke to talked about how oppression is stopping me from making money. They did talk about the racial implications of the business and I could appreciate that because you are being honest. But if you know the game then what is really stopping you?
The power rests in our hands as Black people. Make it happen.