Program Success Magazine Spring 2013 - Page 30

PAGE 30 PROGRAM SUCCESS – SPRING 2013 Is the Lord Amongst Us or Not? Today our country is engulfed in decision making that will inevitably affect and change our prospective by others and our position in history. It is a good time today for us as a Black people to reflect and regroup to intentionally reposition our status in America, the world, and in history for the better. Let’s be real with where we are and where we need to be. As a People, there are many of us who have faired well. We own businesses, live in affluent neighborhoods, and have membership in prestigious clubs. You might even say, these people have for themselves a reserved seat at the “table of success.” Be not deceived my friends, those of us who have achieved high levels of success and are privileged to special inner circles, are viewed by Whites as being “Special” and “Different.” Interpretation… you are still Black - but your special-ness and difference means that your accomplishment don’t count nor attributed to the status of regular Blacks, it is therefore discounted just as a teacher cast out the very high score on the grading curve. The White community does not accept us individually but as a whole. Whatever connotation applies to Blacks as a whole applies to you regardless of your financial success and level of achievement in life. When Black are seen on the news throwing people out of cars, beating the elderly, and portrayed as salvages, that stroke of the brush paints us all. Fair or not, we succeed as a group, as one race of people. We were one in Africa, one in slavery, one in the civil rights, still one today – all good or all bad. Blacks today must accept the same challenges as other races do. We must love one another. Do for one another. Help and encourage one another. Patronize one another. Help to improve one another. Only our ability to build our communities, raise properly our children, save and multiply our money, and solve our own problems will ensure us a seat, as a people, at the table of success. Let’s get busy. Let improve our Businesses. There was a time in our history when our businesses strived. Mainly because we had no other choice but to do business with one another because of segregation. Integration proved that we couldn’t wait to give our money to anyone other then ourselves. For years we have done just that. In the business community it is rumored that the first million dollars anyone makes, regardless of race or foreign origin, is in the Black community, money given by Black people. We brag of the trillions of dollars Blacks have as an economic impact, not realizing we are laughed at by the world for doing so little to help ourselves. The Black dollar barely circulates once in the Black community before leaving to go to other communities, while other communities circulates their money seven to ten times among their own people.. It’s time for us to support one another. Make it a point to spend your money with someone Black. It may not be convenient, but it’s essential for the success of our community. You may not eat lunch at a Black restaurant everyday, but at lease twice a week make it a point to do so. Seek out a Black mechanic, a Black printer, a Black accountant, a Black realtor, a Black painter, a Black yardman, a Black doctor, and so forth. Let us invest in Black businesses, not the stock market. Wall Street don’t need our money. There are many Black businesses in our communities that we can invest our money in and even receive greater dividend. As a people we have been trained to educate ourselves for the sole purpose of getting a job. We need more of our young people using their expertise to start businesses, become self employed and employing other Blacks. However, this becomes impossible without the investments of older and more successful Blacks, who may have worked traditional jobs for years, and now have the financial means. Banking Institutions will give a Black man $40,000 for a car but won’t give him $40,000 to start a business. The car cost you money and keeps you further in bondage, while the business makes you money and liberates you and your family. Let’s improve our position in Politics. The election of President Obama was not the end, just a new beginning. We need more Corrine Browns elected. Blacks who are not afraid to lay it on the line for what is right and conducive for our betterment as a people. Corrine Brown’s slogan is that she delivers and she really does. Because of it, she is slandered daily by the media and her opponents. Let’s support her more by rallying in great numbers to the causes she fights for us. Let’s make it a mandate to register to vote and a mission to vote in numbers in every election.