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About Black America
Written by Phillip Jackson   
Friday, 10 April 2015 14:58

 

(Sri Lanka) What will America do with 40 million Black Americans now that there is no more cotton to pick? Even in states like Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, Black people are no longer involved in the planting, growing or harvesting of cotton. Nowadays these tasks are performed by White and Latino men and women. They drive machines that plant and pick the cotton while millions of Black men in the south are unemployed since transitioning from slave labor to surplus labor. And although picking cotton is not the most desirable job, for Black people in America, there is no more cotton to pick.

Our American economy was built on the backs of Black slaves who were initially brought to America to work in the cotton, tobacco and sugar cane fields. America’s dilemma today is what to do with 40 million Black American descendants of those slaves who were shipped, as commodities, to American shores 400 years ago for their economic value yet whose heirs today are deemed of no value to America’s economic mission. While America might have once considered shipping Black Americans back to Africa, today that option is neither practical nor palatable.

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The Majority of Black Americans are Living through worse economic conditions: Liquid Wealth of Black Americans $200
Written by Phillip Jackson   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:22

(Sri Lanka) Welcome to America, where Black Americans are more likely to be under-educated, unemployed and imprisoned than their White peers; where Black Americans, in general, have significantly less wealth, dramatically lower-quality housing, much poorer nutrition and sub-standard medical care. This is an America where Black people remain relatively silent while these conditions and a raging economic genocide, eliminate them, their children and their grandchildren from ever participating in the American mainstream!

Recent economic, wealth and employment reports confirm what much of Black America already knows: We are in serious TROUBLE and multitudes of Black people exist in deep poverty. Many Black people in America are not just poor by American standards; many of us are third-world poor. Black Americans are in an economic free-fall with no fiscal backstop. Many Black Americans will live their entire lives without ever having a positive net worth. Most Black people today who work are like "sharecroppers", men and families who did most or all of the work on a farm, but seldom earned enough to pay their debts and never owned anything of value.

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The "Democratic" Origin and Evolution of Racism
Written by Ezrah Aharone   
Saturday, 28 June 2014 22:09

 

 

 



Einstein reasoned, you "cannot alter a condition with the same mindset that created it in the first place." In other words, solutions require thinking that transcends the mindset which caused and/or contributes to undesirable conditions. Using this premise to examine racism in America, the question becomes: To what origin is modern racism anchored and how can existing bounds of thought be transcended for new national discourse to redress the causes and conditions?

First, some honest but controversial realities must be recognized since racism did not emerge unexplainably. Racism in America originated from democracy in America. But America finds this offensive since it makes America's character appear no different than "undemocratic" people that America "won't negotiate with" today. To deflect this onus, America maintains the flawed notion that the impact of slavery and segregation is inconsequential . . . that 50 years of desegregation somehow nullifies 4 centuries of dehumanization.

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About Black History
Written by Glenn R. Towery   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 17:38

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black History is actually world history. We only call it Black history because it is told and created by Black people. Black History is the primal story of the indigenous Black people who are known to be the first people to grace the face of this world we call Earth. In that regard, it represents the history of all people because we all are derived from the original men and women who walked the earth.  If we do not tell Black history, it is impossible to tell the totality of all history. Have you ever read a book without a beginning? That is what narrating history is like without telling Black history. There was a time when all there was, was Black history, because there has been a time when all there were, were Black people on planet earth.

To understand where we are headed as a race (the human race) and as a people, (Black people) we must know and try to understand truthfully where we come from and how we got to where we are actually at today. In this way, we may be able to trail blaze a unique and beneficial course for ourselves as mankind. The stories that make up Black history have almost every culture on earth involved in them at some point in history one way or another. It is important to realize and to understand that as a culture, Black people have undergone and overcome nearly impossible odds and the way those odds were overcome was by individual sacrifice and collective mindset that never takes its subconscious eyes off the prize. All of this makes for a dramatic story of survival, defiance and the ultimate goal of ascendance to the exalted state of true freedom and self-actualization.  Black History shows mankind that much can be achieved when we put our minds to work with a passionate zeal and distinct will to survive.

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The Leadership of Oz
Written by Albert Bolea MBA   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 20:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I grew up in the 1960s and once each year a major television network would show the Wizard of OZ, a 1939 film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The entire family would come together in the living room for 103 minutes to re-live a fantasy adventure on our 18-inch Magnavox television set. Now as an adult and on the other side of 50 years, a leadership consultant, and a university professor, I no longer view the film as a fantasy. I see it as a lesson in leadership.

As the movie unfolds we are introduced to Dorothy, a young girl knocking on the door of adulthood. Her reality is awakened when a powerful person in her environment, Almira Gulch, takes a dislike to her dog, Toto, and purses legal action to have the dog put down. Instead of facing her reality, Dorothy packs her bags and runs away with Toto trailing behind her. Not far from home she meets her first mentor in the story, Professor Marvel, a traveling magician. The professor helps Dorothy become aware of her accountability to her family, especially her Aunt Em. When faced with the realization that her behavior is wrong she turns around and makes her way back home.

On her way home she encounters another challenge in her environment, a massive tornado that chases her into her house where she is knocked unconscious by the force of the wind. When she awakens she discovers that the house with her in it has been torn from its foundation and is falling through the tornado’s violently rotating column of air. The house lands in a mysterious land, “somewhere over the rainbow.”  Then she meets her second mentor, Glinda the Good Witch, who describes a future for Dorothy that exists at the end of the yellow-brick road – in Emerald City. There she will find the great and powerful Wizard of Oz who will help her find her way back home.

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