Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Difference Between Powernomics and Silver Rights by Akindele Akinyemi

SILVER RIGHTS-a concept that documents and validates the next phase of civil rights: the empowerment movement not only of American minorities, but of majorities as well. That is, we transition beyond giving a fish, beyond teaching to fish, to owning the pond itself. In the time of a vanishing middle class, John Bryant and Operation Hope, his brainchild, would develop stakeholders, that group between the working class and the middle class, not making more money, but making better decisions with they money they have.

POWERNOMICS - A concept developed by Dr. Claude Anderson to help empower Black people becoming self-sufficient and self-independent.

I attended the International Detroit Black Expo this past Sunday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. The founder and CEO of the IDBE, Ken Harris, said something profound that struck a nerve in me.

He mentioned how young Black people in the room are able to transform our city into Next Detroit. He mentioned how it is important to become free by becoming financially free. He stressed the importance of networking with other young entrepreneurs at the function to build long lasting business relationships. Finally, he mentioned prosperity and God in his speech.

Interesting. This is exactly what I have been saying since Genesis 1:1.

What I did notice was the fact that there were NO Powernomics grassroots people down at this event.

I wonder why?

There is a HUGE difference between the Silver Rights Movement and the Powernomics movement in this city.

The BIGGEST difference is the age range. Brothers and sisters in the silver rights movement are young, energetic and are not complaining about what the white man has done to them. Instead, they are making inroads with those who are trying to make things happen in their community.

The Powernomics movement has older grassroots people involved. These are normally Black Nationalists who want to be independent from the white man, yet, depend on the white man to give them reparations and expect an apology from the government for treating us so bad during slavery.

When I was listening to Mr. Harris during his speech Sunday he mentioned how the IDBE was also connected to the Arab-American Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic community. He feels it is necessary to connect with both of these ethnic groups because we need a global presence when dealing with trade and commerce with other groups of people.

I agree. As an educator I strongly support the need for educational options and educational entrepreneurship to develop more of a global presence academically.

However, those who follow Powernomics are not concerned about real global trade and development other than Africa. Even though this is very important and very critical, other African countries trade with other countries worldwide. Therefore, our African brothers and sisters understand globalization.

Our brothers and sisters in Detroit who follow the Powernomics movement live on an island to themselves.

My biggest problem with Powernomics and Africa Town (the proposed Black owned district in Detroit) is the fact that some City Council members want to fund this project with federal money.

Federal money? I thought the whole purpose of Africa Town was to develop a Black owned business district without the aid of the white man.

I mean, if the white man is so corrupt and evil then why are we asking for federal money from the same slavemaster?

Black Nationalists are so confused and paranoid that they do not even know who they are sending to hell.

In terms of the Silver Rights movement as it pertains to young African/African-American entrepreneurs I ask this question:

1. Do you love being in control of your own destiny without the aid of the government interfering?

2. Do you believe in fiscal freedom?

3. Do you believe in wealth creation?

4. Do you believe that financial freedom will transform into prosperity for our people?

5. Do you believe in educational choice?

If you answered yes to all of these questions ask yourself why do you vote for a party that does the following:

1. Raise taxes

2. Keep our people dependent on welfare/poverty programs.

3. Wealth creation is a tool of the Conservative Christian Right.

4. Prosperity is evil.

5. Support big failing government ran schools that are supported by the unions.

It sounds like to me you are closer to being Republican than Democrat in terms of your values. So why do you continue to vote Democrat?


Marcus from Barbados Free Press said...

Hello Akindele

We came across your blog after reading a quote at Booker Rising. After a few minutes at your blog, the three of us in the room laughed and bascially said, "We need this chap in Barbados!"

We too will be linking to this story - hope that is ok with you. Please drop by our blog anytime and have a read. We would be interested to have your input.

Marcus, Robert, Shona & Cliverton
Barbados Free Press

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

05 31 06

Well Akindele:
Blow me down! This is excellent. One thing that I have been pondering lately is how many of us are upwardly mobile and in the professional realm, but still in debt up to our ears! How did this happen? IGNORANCE about money management. At this stage in the game, the Black Middle Class knows how to make money, but we need to focus on KEEPING IT! I was in San Francisco today and since I used to live there, I saw some of the same old cats on the corner hustling. Now one guy told me he made $150.00 in three hours, then he would leave for the day, buy a 40, buy a residential hotel room for the night, buy more weed to smoke and then repeat the same damn cycle again the next day! Damnet, he doesn't get that he is making $50 per hour on the streets! He doesn't know about investment portfolios or hasn't considered buying property with the money he makes. He simply goes around in circles. So many of us go around in the same circles because we have talent, intelligence and ambition, but lack management resources. If we can overcome that next hurdle, I believe we will be okay. The question is how fast we can push that into our consciousness. Sorry for rambling;)

akindele akinyemi said...

Amen Mahndisa!!!!!

We still do not get it. We CHOOSE to live in poverty. White people are not making us live in poverty.

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