The One Network's Genesis Lecture Series is underway here in the State of Michigan as I embark on a statewide tour on Rebuilding the Family through rebuilding the man and woman. I am passionate about this endeavor because families right now are going through a crisis in our community at alarming rates.
I officially kicked off the lecture series with a 15 minute "pep" talk at MSU Students for Life rally on September 29, 2007.
Our families need to discuss pro-life issues because the black community is caught up in a web of death. Our culture is centered around death-related issues that are affecting the next generation.
The MSU Students for Life is headed by the one and only Lisa Utter, who did a excellent job in putting this event on.
These students came up from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.
Pro-Life issues are important to me because we cannot continue business as usual in our families.
Although black women constitute only 6% of the population, they comprise 36% of the abortion industry’s clientele. The leading abortion providers have chosen to exploit blacks by locating 94% of their abortuaries in urban neighborhoods with high black populations.
3 out of 5 pregnant African-American women will abort their child. Also, since 1973 there has been over 13 million Black children killed and their precious mothers victimized by the U.S. abortion industry.
There are over 15 Planned Parenthood clinics in Detroit alone. What is going on and where is our family structure?
43% of all black children are aborted, nearly 3 times higher than for Whites.
Pro-Life issues do not stop at abortion.
Homicide is the number one cause of death for black men between 15 and 29 years of age and has been for decades.
Of the roughly 16,000 homicides in this country each year, more than half are committed by black men. A black man is seven times more likely to commit a murder than a white man, and six times more likely to be murdered.
Ninety-four percent of all black people who are murdered are murdered by other black people.
Although black people make up“12 percent of the general population,” “make up nearly 44 percent of the prison population."
At any given time, as many as one in four of all” black men, “young black men are in the criminal justice system—in prison or jail, on probation or on parole.”
So think about when people say they are pro-choice they are correct. They are making a choice to murder on all levels of life.
My lecture series also brought me to my alma mater, Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti, Michigan to speak to the Black Student Union. Their president (and Zeta Phi Beta sister) Ashleigh Kilbourne, brought me in to discuss how we can begin to rebuild our families in our community.
I opened up with this question:
What happened within the black community that we got to a point, since 1950, where 70 percent of the children are born with single parents?
Some told me that it has to do with the fact that things changed for women with the women’s liberation movement. So a lot of the black women do not feel compelled to get married.
The biggest one was the availability of black men and whether they’re eligible to be married.
You have so many black men incarcerated, so many black men unemployed, underemployed. In colleges now, black women outnumber black men two to one. Therefore, the chances of hooking up in a marital relationship in the way our society works is more difficult.
I also pointed out how right now, there are 2.2 million people in jail, and at last count about 910,000 were African-Americans, however, at the time of Brown v. the Board of Education of 1954 there were 98,000 African-Americans in prison.
FACT: In 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared, “I have a dream,” more than 70% of black families were headed by married couples. Today, 40 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, married couples head only 46% of black families.
FACT: More alarming, 45% of black men have never married and 42% of black women have never married.
FACT: Married black women declined from 62% to 31% between 1950 and 2002.
FACT: By age 30, only 52% of black women will marry compared to 81% of white women, 77% of Hispanics and Asians.
FACT: Only 6% of black men and 2% of black women marry Whites.
If we added a political twist to the issue of family we would find that in 1950, when most blacks were Republicans, 63% of blacks were married. By 2002, when most blacks were Democrats, only 35% of blacks were married.
In 1960, when most blacks were Republicans, 80% of black children were born in wedlock. By 2002, when most blacks were Democrats, only 25% of black children were born in wedlock.
Because Ashleigh pointed out that I was a Black Republican when she was introducing me to the group of course the students put me on front street. That when things got real interesting.
When asked about why black males and females are not hooking up from a contemporary point of view I told them it was a fear factor. Normally that fear factor of getting together prevents us from our blessings with our potential loved ones. We cannot love because of fear and potential disappointment.
To tell you the truth I feel the same way many times myself.
This led to my conversation on sexual immorality.
70% of all black children are born out of wedlock.
50% of all new AIDS cases are in the Black community which comprises only 12% of the population.
85% of all AIDS cases in Atlanta are black women.
A black woman is 25 times more likely to contract AIDS than a white woman and represents 72% of all women with AIDS. African-Americans are 20 times more likely than whites to have gonorrhea.
Black men on the “down low” are having sex with other men behind the backs of their wives and girlfriends while claiming not to be homosexual or bisexual (New York Times). A study among black men in 37 colleges in North Carolina revealed that of the 84 men with HIV, 1/3 had had sex with men and women.
According to Andrew Lyke, Coordinator of Marriage Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago he stated that Marriage for blacks “has become an alternative lifestyle. It’s considered nonessential."
- 57% of Black Americans profess to be “born again” Christians compared to 33% of adults nationwide. By biblical standards, 45% of Blacks are actually “born again” (Barna Research).
- 83% of Blacks say their religious faith is very important in their lives compared to 66% of whites.
- 75% of Blacks say they believe God is the all-powerful, all-knowing Creator who rules the world today.
- 2/3 of Blacks strongly affirm the Bible’s accuracy compared to less than 50% for Whites, Hispanics and Asians.
- 92% of African Americans report praying in the last 7 days compared to 82% for Whites.
Only 10% of Blacks believe moral truth is absolute compared to 26% of Whites and Hispanics.
The overwhelming weight of the African American religious experience is so deeply rooted in emotion that Biblical truth is of relatively little significance affecting actual living.
While the facts of orthodoxy seem strong, the actual faith is emaciated by unfettered emotion... hence, only 10% believe in absolute moral truth. This pattern of constant sublimating of eternal truth to the temporal and cultural cry to do whatever feels good has filtered through every aspect of African-American life, decimating the Black family as it is the rest of America.
Economics is a major factor of why we should commit to each other. My brother John Hope Bryant teaches that there is a difference between broke and being poor. Being broke is a temporary economic condition, but being poor is a disabling frame of mind and a depressed condition of your spirit, and you must vow to never, ever be poor again.
80% of the families in the City of Detroit are headed by single parent homes. With that there is a high level of poverty. If 70% of us in the United States are living paycheck to paycheck you KNOW this number is much higher in any urban area in Michigan (hovering around 85%-90%). A two-parent home, who understands financial literacy and spiritual literacy, can begin to lift itself out of poverty.
I also stressed how education is the ultimate poverty eradication tool, and when you know better, you tend to do better.
We also talked about how home ownership is a powerful way to increase wealth. Studies show that overall homeownership of black Americans is 50.8%, and that owning a home could increase the net worth of urban blacks by ten fold, from $7,000 to $70,000.
Business ownership is also a way to generate a high income. In fact, small business ownership is a highly viable option for black Americans, considering that $63 billion have been made available for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans under President Bush.
However, we cannot even talk about owning a "black owned" business if we do not talk about the value of customer service FIRST.
One person asked me why I am a Republican. My answer was simple.....family values through educational choices that will generate wealth creation.
I also stressed about how Black parents must become directly involved in making sure their children become well-educated. I also explained how black Americans should stop using their vote to support the Democratic Party that—in lockstep alignment with the Teacher’s Union—is fighting to stop black children from going to charter schools and stop black parents from getting school choice scholarships that would help black children get out of failing schools.
A. Promiscuity has decimated Black marriage.
B. Promiscuity has resulted in over 70% of all black children being born out of wedlock.
C. Promiscuity has left 85% of black children without 2 parents.
D. Promiscuity has resulted in a level of fatherlessness unprecedented in modern history and perhaps in world history.
It is so bad in our community that we have male and female schoolteachers in the urban community, who we as parents place our trust in with our children, having sex with our under aged teenage boys. All this is due to unhappiness in their own personal relationships and marriages.
I talked to the BSU about how the first key to financial independence for black Americans is for blacks is to get off of the Democratic Party’s economic plantation, stop subsisting on government handouts, and do whatever it takes to become economically self-sufficient. When urban blacks leverage their vote and stop having their vote taken for granted, they will regain their political power, and this will translate to increased financial power.
Education is the civil right of the 21st century. Urban blacks who want to get ahead must not only fight for that right, but also make that right a reality, by acquiring a high school diploma and, when necessary, a college degree.
Education is the key to freedom. A deep prime example of this is how black liberals continue to demonize Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice and Ward Connerly. These are three people that 95% of black people do not even know about in terms of their life and history. A whopping 90% never even heard their struggles. I challenged the BSU body to go and find the facts on those three great black men and women in our society.
Finally when asked about how to save our families and marriages I shared how we operate out of a lack of knowledge. Black men don't know the positives of marriage. Black women don't always know the positives of marriage. Black people have the lowest marriage rate in the country. The white community sees their problem. They're doing something to remedy it. You know they have all those shows about marriage. They're doing a nationwide push to get people in a position where they can marry. Where's our push? Who is helping the people with the worst marriage rate in the country?
These two were in a heated debate on the direction of our community. The brother on the left is the President of the NAACP on EMU's campus. The brother on the right is an independent voter.
I listened to both Dr. Alvin Poussiant and Dr. Bill Cosby on Meet the Press with Tim Russet yesterday morning on NBC. I would like to share an excerpt from their new book Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors:
“The most important thing that is within the reach of just about everyone is to make sure that every black child has two active parents in his or her lives. If something happens to the boy’s natural father, it’s time for the stepfather or the grandfather or the uncle or the godfather to fill the void. Likewise with the mother. A two-parent home is less likely to be poor, and the children it produces are much” [less] “likely to end up in prison. If, a generation from now, every black child grew up in a functional two-parent home, the problems of crime and poverty in black communities would greatly diminish."
“Black women seen to understand this better than our men. Few of them, even those living in poverty, fit the stereotypes society tends to impose. Most are trying to do the right thing for their families and children. Most care about their children getting an education and staying out of jail. Such parents and caregivers are involved with schools, churches, health clinics and community settlement homes. Probably many more would be involved if they felt it was safe to go out without becoming a victim of crime or senseless violence. They are the key to reach our men."
"Education plus jobs plus increased minimum wage plus” entrepreneurialship “plus affordable housing plus decreased craving for material goods plus avoidance of credit card debt could equal the end of poverty, maybe. Poverty is deeply rooted in American society and our economic system. Black people have more than their share of poverty, which stunts their ambition, saddles them with a host of social burdens. But by doing the things we can do, we can make the future much brighter for black—poor black youth, much brighter for everyone."
This is why I have dedicated this lecture series to help rebuilding families in our community. We want to push for equal parenting between mothers and fathers and tell our government to stay out of the kitchen. I am touring the state to different college campuses, churches and schools to help implement a new focus on conservative technology dealing with our family crisis in the urban community. Black America needs a new discussion other than oppression and Jena 6.
Next stop for me will be at the Young Americans for Freedom at Michigan State University on October 25, 2007 followed by a talk at the Greater Bible Way Temple in Jackson, Michigan on October 27, 2007. This lecture series is going nationwide soon so you better get at me while you can.
Join in the One Network's Genesis movement. For those of you who constantly e-mail me about marching to take back the community we cannot do it on a physical level. It will take education to do this and that is my mission.
After all education is my ministry.