The inability to emanate a concrete unified front in the social and economic arenas has an historical legacy of stymying the growth of the black people and their communities. That is also why we as a people seem to own a plethora of poverty and schlock, meaningless material items.
We continue to be drawn across our lines to invest in businesses outside our communities by the lure of worthless lagniappe, accentuated by mainstream print and TV media.
The recent election proved the black vote , when unified, can be powerful indeed. The black dollar can be equally as powerful, if we transcend this “crab in the basket” stigma and support and invest in ourselves.
I do believe it is going to require an unremitting commitment of financial retraining and self-certitude for this to ever become truly proficient. It will also take awareness. Awareness in regards to the positive assets that can be derived from investing in oneself and community.
And the circle is far-reaching too.
The African American producers and sellers of the goods have to offer competitive and quality goods to lure and retain the commitment and investment of the people. The standard should be so high that the products are the exemplars the competition models itself after.
The Black dollar should have the same value as the White dollar. If you didn’t pull the race card at lilly white Macy’s don’t pull it Afrocentric Black owned institutions.
The ergonomics have long been submitted.
While we are beyond the apples and oranges of Dexter Avenue Church, we remain bogged down by the same narcissistic position that pulled even that humble attempt to prosper back into the basket.