Black People : My Uncle's Economic Empowerment Model

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  1. Knowledge Seed

    Knowledge Seed Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    In 1966, my dad's brother(I never met him), Randolph Blackwell, founded an organization called Southern Rural Action(SRA). The basic purpose of the group was to start small, worker-owned factories in Black communities across the Rural South. They developed what I would consider a pretty good economic model, though it had its flaws.

    Here's how it worked:

    SRA would go into a community and teach at least one person per household a specific skill.

    Once the people mastered that skill, funds were raised to build a factory.

    After the factory was built and production had began, the products that they made were sold to members of the community.

    After a degree of stability had been established, the ownership of the factory was turned over to the workers.

    The most amazing factor is that all of this would typically take place within a three month period.

    Is this still a viable plan for Black economic empowerment? If so, what can we do to start down this road? If not, why?
     
  2. Shikamaru

    Shikamaru Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I do like the plan.
    A potential problem I see is turning the factory over to the workers.
    Managing a business and working within the business requires different mind sets and skills.

    Workers are typically not schooled in accounting, management, marketing, psychology, business law, leadership, etc.

    I would employ something like this for a household.
    A household is an economic unit.
     
  3. Mikha'el

    Mikha'el Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    In a way yes & no....this would get "blacks" to be more productive collectively but i feel it'd be inhibiting by possibly putting in their mind that this is the end. Also some are greedy and would want more than this. Me personally i would not accept this.
     
  4. abstract219

    abstract219 ...standing on the shoulders of giants MEMBER

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    It sounds like a good plan. A little like today's co-ops. To build such a factory would involve investment capital and funding. Which alters the intital drive to self-sufficiency. Unfortunately what happened is that zoning laws, business licencing and regulations have changed so much since 1966. And I would say that like today's co-ops, due to infighting between us over the direction, egos, profits, the overall business plan gets altered in the process. Ive seen it happen up close.

    Not trying to toss the wet blanket over this, but it would be called "socialism" and and Fox News would infiltrate with hidden cameras, some black person would go snitching to the 'Po bout how they've been left out of the money chain...
     
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    Sounds good to me, with some tweaking of the flaws you mentioned, and concerns others brought.

    Sometimes, learning the best way to do a thing, comes from doing it wrong a few times.

    We have to start somewhere, and even if we only get folk trained in a skill, we'd be moving forward.

    Thanks for sharing, and congratulations to your Uncle!

    Much Love and Peace.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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