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.