Friday, March 16, 2007

Urban Conservatives: The Ball Is In Our Court by Akindele Akinyemi

Welcome to the New Civil Rights Movement. Or should I say Silver Rights Movement. This is a concept that John Hope Byrant of Operation Hope created. It is defined as the following:

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.

The authors of the Silver Rights Movement believe, as U.S. President George W. Bush and others national leaders have suggested, that education is the ultimate poverty eradication tool. That individuals don't need to necessarily make more money, but rather, to "make better decisions with the money they make."

So why do groups like BAMN talk about this "New Civil Rights Movement?" Because there is no civil rihts movement.

To take it a step further we need to bring this silver rights movement into fruition in the proper framework of urban regional networks. It is necessary for us to stop boycotting in front of banks and fruit markets and begin o invest in our time promoting curriculum in the classrooms that are going to help make our children compete in a global society. While Black socialists complain about the poor it is our responsibility to help the poor by giving them the tools necessary for ownership and empowerment.

There should be no reason why communities like Inkster, Benton Harbor and River Rouge look the way they do. These communities have been dependent on the greater social power forever and it is time for us to begin to change the mindset by infusing conservative technology both in the classroom and faith based communities. I will tell you this though. many are called and few are chosen. There is no room for at-risk. Either the at-risk children are going to receive the help and get their act together or be pushed out of the way by those who are going to get the job done.

Within this new movement of urban regional power we should be lobbying for policy makers in Lansing to focused on an inclusive policy, aimed at empowering the wealthless of Michigan. It should not matter what race are we, if you live in Michigan we have the same problems.

African Americans must make better decisions with the money they make in order to compete in a global society. Life is bigger than Dexter and Davison. We are broke because of the choices we make not because times are hard. We are not conservative with money. We spend our money as soon as we cash our check. Detroit, according to the National Urban League Report, was the #1 consumer of Cognac in the world last year. What does that tell us about our liberal behavior?

Within the framework of urban regional power in Michigan we must begin to link up communities that are dying for change. I would like to propose forming a regional alliance with Benton Harbor, Benton Township, Benton Heights, Niles, and Berrien Springs based on faith based economics and educational reform. I would like to propose the same for Inkster, River Rouge, Ecorse, and Romulus. Create a regional alliance that will also focus on to eradicating poverty by means of promoting student-centered education. Within these regions we must convert check-cashing customers into investing customers. Changing renters into homeowners.

Converting small business dreamers into small business owners. Converting minimum wage workers into living wage workers. Converting the economically uneducated to the economically literate, and empowered. Helping people help themselves, and creating more stakeholders in building Urban Regional Networks.

The authors of the Silver Rights Movement believe that "any society is at its greatest risk from those individuals that have no stake in it." That an individual is not usually interested in tax policy unless they have a job, home or business, and quoting late Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, "the best family value is a job." That voter participation and civic participation increases in wealthless communities, when homeownership increases in wealthless communities. I think that is an excellent point since the number of voters in Detroit are 47% functionally illiterate and therefore cannot interpret the issues as well as taking the lazy approach by voting on name recognition. This is why Detroit will continue to be pimped by the Democratic machine until otherwise.

We must being to train our children in school that there is a difference between being rich and being wealthy. Being rich means you have money today and no money tomorrow. Wealth is generated by investing, spreading and playing the game smart. Being broke is an economic condition while being poor is a disabling frame of mind, and a depressed condition of one's spirit. I see a lot of this in the Black Churches I visit every Sunday. If we cannot change the mentality from the pulpit what makes you think a socialist approach is going to save Black people in the community if you keep telling us we are oppressed?

Some call the American Dream an American Nightmare. The same ones who are saying this live in communities better than the one I reside in. Michigan has its fair share of racism but pulling our resources together under a House of God will eradicate racism and poverty in conservative communities. In the framework of Urban Regional Power we must support educational systems that support a new model of dignity by allowing free market enterprises to work in the community in which we live in.

That is why I am calling on the One Network in Benton Harbor to jumpstart a Southwest Michigan African Chamber of Commerce. Noticed I said "African" and not Black. Iam not just thinking about local Blaks who want to mkae a fast buck but investing in the global market with brothers and sisters in Africa. I am proposing the same thing for Inkster, River Rouge, Romulus and Ecorse. We build conservative political power through economic alliances. That is the purpose of building urban regional networks, to gain economic power through family values and educational options.

1 comment:

Ivo said...

Akindele, I disagree with you a bit on this one. I agree that Black Americans need better education and economic empowerment, but I don't agree that it should just be "given" to us.

We expect too many handouts as it is. Most of us still think the world owes us something. And it doesn't.

If Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, and other poverty and crime stricken areas of Michigan want to come up, then I believe that those in need and those who can help should partner together with the intents of creating programs that provide both intellectual and practical education. And lesson number one is that nothing is free. I'm not saying that inner city students should have to pay tuition for supplementary programs, but they should have to do SOMETHING. Sell a candy bar, pay some dues, repaint grafitti covered buildings in the city, SOMETHING. Nothing in this world is truly free except salvation and a little teeny weeny bit of charity that's out there. And you can't raise a family on charity. You can't go to college on charity. You can't start a business on charity. You need to make and spend some money.

But if you know me, you know that my motto for Black America is and will continue to be "We Should Have Listened to Booker T.". Tuskeegee Institute was built on the same principles that I am describing. The students learned while they earned the right to be there.

Black America cannot afford one more program that does not work on such a model.

And by the way, whatchu know about Dexter and Davison?

I.C. Jackson