Friday, October 06, 2006

Dick DeVos Is For African Americans In Detroit by Akindele Akinyemi


I wrote on this subject a while ago and I will go on record again since we are 32 days from Election Day.

African Americans need to support Dick DeVos for Governor.

The reason? I will explain it from the Nguzo Saba perspective and maybe this will help you.

For those who do not know, Kwanzaa is celebrated in the African American community from December 26-January 1. The principles of Kwanzaa are called the Nguzo Saba.

Dick DeVos believes in all 7 principles of Kwanzaa. Unlike Jennifer Granholm who will look out for the people in Western Wayne County and not look after ALL of Wayne County Dick DeVos believes in the same thing as most African Americans.

1. Umoja (Unity). I have been on the road with Mr. DeVos and he has said repeatedly that we need to unite Michigan. He does not like to see Western Michigan battling Southeastern Michigan. He feels this creates division in our state and unfortunately racism. The same way he helped transform Grand Rapids with the Grand Action Committee he can do the same for Detroit. Race or color does not matter when we are trying to turn Michigan around. He would like to see unity among the Metro Detroit leaders and community so we can get Michigan back on track.

Dick DeVos is for Unity. Mr. DeVos knows open discussions of family problems and their probable solutions are very important. This is why he has put together the Michigan Turn Around Plan.

2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination). Dick DeVos strongly believes that African Americans should be self determined to open their own franchises, schools and teach core values to our children to become productive citizens in Michigan. He preaches about families being self-determined to help transform their communities within the urban community. He does not like what he sees in the urban community and would like to connect with African Americans statewide to help rebuild our communities.

3. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility). Dick DeVos supports the notion of personal evaluation, as it relates to the common good of the African American family/community. Without collective work and struggle, progress is impossible. DeVos understands that African American family and the community must accept the reality that we are collectively responsible for our failures, as well as our victories and achievements. DeVos encourages discussions concerning each family member's responsibility prove helpful in defining and achieving family goals.

4. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). Dick DeVos believes in this important concept. In a community or family, wealth and resources should be shared. Dick DeVos understands how cooperative economics can help African-Americans take physical control of their own destinies. He has been, for months now, building and sharing ideas with African Americans on how cooperative economic efforts should be provided for needs as related to housing, education, food, day care, health, transportation and other goods and services.

He is a firm believer in African Americans building wealth in the community in which we live in. For years, he has hired African Americans in his own company and in return they have built wealth for their families.

5. Nia (Purpose). Dick DeVos believes in helping African Americans who have a purpose in their family/community. He strongly believes that each family member in our community should examine his/her ability to put his/her skill or talent to use. DeVos believes that the service of the family and community at large will help take us out of poverty and will help rebuild a better community. He believes in taking time to reflect our expectations from life: discuss our desires and hopes with our family and friends.

6. Kuumba (Creativity). Dick DeVos has a strong belief in African Americans building and developing our creative potential. It involves both aesthetic and material creations. It is essential that creativity be encouraged in all aspects of African American culture. He feels that through new ideas that African Americans can achieve higher levels of living and a greater appreciation for life. As a father and husband, Dick DeVos believes that African American families should find creative things to do throughout the year that will enhance the family as a whole.

7. Imani (Faith). Dick DeVos ackowledges the belief in ourselves as individuals and as an African people. Further, he strongly feels that African Americans commitment to the development of the family, wealth and community. Dick DeVos's goal of freedom rests significantly on our belief in our own ability and right to control our own destiny.

DeVos understand that without Imani (faith), there is no possibility of victory in our community.

Dick DeVos is withstanding attacks, negative criticisms, and pure evil from the Michigan Democratic Party to get elected. I have walked with this man and I can tell he is a genuine person that want to help businesses and families all across Michigan. He supports eliminating the SBT so Black owned businesses across the region can flourish. This gives those who attend the International Detroit Black Expo every first Friday a fighting chance to expand their business dreams and aspirations.

Jennifer Granholm has not given a plan to help Black businesses in Detroit let alone Michigan. She places "Black women" and "Black men" in high positions and make it seem like she is in favor of Black people. This is no more than race baiting and it hurts Black people in Detroit. If she was for Black families she would give us a reason of why so many Blacks leave Michigan to find jobs and raise their children.

Dick DeVos is good for the African American community. Let's be good to Dick DeVos by voting for him on November 7th.

11 comments:

FreeMan said...

Devos does not support Black Afrikans in Cooperative Economics because he does fully support the Moral justification for Affirmative Action - it is society's $ & all businesses Women owned & Black Afrikan Owned should be able to receive governmental contracts without racism & sexism
Devos does not support Self Determination for Black Afrikan majority cities like Detroit - Devos does not support Black Afrikans' women right to choose to have an abortion

kweiku omodele said...

i am offended by your lame excuses freeman.

I am a Black Nationalist like you and yet you continue to support a woman like Granholm who has done nothing but lie to the citizens of Detroit.

She promised to bring tax breaks for black owned businesses and that has not happened yet.

She promised to LOWER taxes for black owned businesses and that has not happened yet.

She has turned her back on the grassroots community and yet you are still supporting her.

i am going with devos because the man is talking businesses and like Brother Akindele who has been on the frontlines for Black people for 15 years DeVos stand for self determination of black people.

akindele akinyemi said...

amen kweiku.....

asshole said...

Devos does not support Black Afrikans in Cooperative Economics because he does fully support the Moral justification for Affirmative Action -

AA is going down the damn drain and WE are to blame fool.


it is society's $ & all businesses Women owned & Black Afrikan Owned should be able to receive governmental contracts without racism & sexism
Devos does not support Self Determination for Black Afrikan majority cities like Detroit - Devos does not support Black Afrikans' women right to choose to have an abortion

Then why is so desperate to transform detroit you fool????

Even your Black Nationalist counterpart is ripping your ass apart.

We are united and nothign will stop us.

FreeMan said...

In US Politics it is the lesser of the 2 evils - Devos supports wholeheatedly the Liar - Killer - Stealer Bush - the Bible defines the Devil as 1 that lies kills & steals - I will not betray my Black Afrikan people for a piece of heated flesh or $
Devos is the greater of the 2 evils for Black Afrikans - therefore I support the Governor
Does Self Determination to Devos mean as an Individual Black Afrikan You a person can Profit or does it mean Self Determination to the Black Afrikan Community as a Whole? - I think Devos defines Black Afrikan Self Determination as limited to individual business owners that value $ over what occurs to the Black Afrikan Community

kweiku omodele said...

Brother Freeman:

I have been in the Uhuru Movement as well as the New Marcus Garvey Movemnet in this city in the past. I am also have been part of the Republic of New Afrika and the Shrine.

All of these groups are talking the same thing. Economic Empowerment, freedom and justice. All of these groups are talking about less government and more liberty for Black people.

While I think DeVos is a terrible debater he was hitting on some key points last week in his debate. Less government, more free market and educational choice for parents and children.

Jennifer Granholm are against these things and speaking to her personally on several occasions she has no interest in the Black community like DeVos.

When I stayed in Grand Rapids for two years I saw a transformation taking place in GR like no other. Our people up there are thriving and our people up there have taken advantage of opening up their businesses only to be closed later because of the SBT that Granholm continues to support.

If anyone is going to help up in our liberaiton struggle is DeVos not Granholm.

Kara said...

not to mention that MOST people that you are seeing are voting for DeVos in Detroit due to Granholm ignorning Black people in the city.

SEIU For DeVos said...

i would like to concentrate on this last statement because the rest is bullshit:

"I think Devos defines Black Afrikan Self Determination as limited to individual business owners that value $ over what occurs to the Black Afrikan Community"

Have you even met Dick DeVos? And why are you supporting a governor who signed a damn driver responsibilty fee that MOST black people in the damn hood cannot afford to pay!!!!!!!

Give me DeVos over scamholm anytime.

FreeMan said...

Devos supports colonialism in the Black Afrikan community in the US & the World -
Devos supports War over People of Color in the World
Granholm is the lesser of the 2 evils

akindele akinyemi said...

Devos supports colonialism in the Black Afrikan community in the US & the World -
Devos supports War over People of Color in the World
Granholm is the lesser of the 2 evils

your argument is getting weaker because you don't have a damn clue of what you are talking about.

DeVos supports Black people and Black owned businesses. Ever heard of Vivian Carpenter????? Black Chamber of Commerce?????? Must I go on??

FreeMan said...

Coopted Puppet Devos supports Colonialism of Black Afrikans in the US because of his failure to criticize the racist & colonial policies of the Michigan Republicans against majority Afrikan cities like Detroit - removal of the right to vote - removal of right to have racially balanced juries - lawsuit to require State Identification to vote
Devos supports colonialism against Black Afrikans in the World by his failure to support the removal of the Racist Minority White rule in apartheid South Afrika

Devos supports the racist colonial war in Iraq & Afghanistan
Granholm is the lesser of the 2 evils

akindele akinyemi said...

Coopted Puppet Devos supports Colonialism of Black Afrikans in the US because of his failure to criticize the racist & colonial policies of the Michigan Republicans against majority Afrikan cities like Detroit -

so by him criticizing the michigan republicans would make him a better person?

removal of the right to vote -

we don't vote.

removal of right to have racially balanced juries -

we don't care about that either.

lawsuit to require State Identification to vote

i support that myself.

Devos supports colonialism against Black Afrikans in the World by his failure to support the removal of the Racist Minority White rule in apartheid South Afrika

south afrika is ran by us and we still cannot get it right.

Devos supports the racist colonial war in Iraq & Afghanistan

he does? where have you heard him say that?

Granholm is the lesser of the 2 evils

so you would vote for granholm..a damn traitor to his race.