Raising money or just raising Cain?

James Clingman | 2/12/2016, 9 a.m.
Bernie Sanders raised $20 million with the average donation being just $27.00.

— Most importantly, we are about action not rhetoric. We are willing to make the requisite sacrifices necessary to reach our goals of economic and political empowerment, and we have demonstrated that willingness through our actions.

Let’s face it; black folks have little or no chance of achieving the many things we discuss unless we are organized and prepared to utilize our collective leverage to obtain reciprocity from the system in which we find ourselves. When are we going to follow through on the solutions we put forth in our conversations? As I wrote some time ago, “What is the result of our rhetoric?”

Politically and economically, we are in last place. Are we so complacent about our position in this nation that it has caused us to be paralyzed, frozen in our tracks, even at the thought of moving forward? Raising Cain instead of— or at least in addition to— raising money to help ourselves, is a hopeless strategy for empowerment. Imagine one million conscious black people pooling our money to fund the Harvest Institute or the political campaign of a candidate we “decided” would run. Our schools, museums, media, financial institutions, conferences, businesses, co-ops, movements, foundations, endowments and any other black owned entity could all be funded by a committed group of conscious black folks.

Bernie did it; what’s holding us back? As the old saying goes, “There’s nothing between us but air and opportunity.” Go to www.iamoneofthemillion.com and let’s start taking care of ourselves. We can start with $27.00 each.

James Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for black people. His latest book, Black Dollars Matter! Teach your dollars how to make more sense, is available on his website: Blackonomics.com.