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One conclusion I have drawn from working in the collective economic empowerment vineyard for years is that “We” fail because “I” gets in the way.
For the past 50 years, most of our conversations and efforts have been centered on politics. Reminiscent of the Reconstruction Era, when blacks occupied political office for the first time, many of our politicians are just figureheads, toothless tigers and lackeys for the establishment. Many of them are simply “employed” and are only concerned about keeping their “jobs.”
Black life, for the most part, has become a myriad of frustration, doubt, hopelessness, desperation, despair, struggle and fear.
This is a call for all eligible black folks to register and vote in every election from now until eternity, so we can stop the rallies, marches and demonstrations related to voting.
During a seminar in Buffalo, N.Y. a few years ago, noted author and financial adviser, Brooke Stephens said, “How you handle your money is a reflection of how you feel about yourself.”