We think of Jim Crow as an evil system. We think we have come a long way and are much better off now than we were prior to the '60's. But in light of what brotha OldSoul taught us abut assets and liabilities, are we really? Let me clarify for a minute. Some people will get fixated on the evils of Jim Crow and miss what I am saying. I'm not referring to the lynchings and burnings and bombings associated with old Mr. Crow. I am only referring to the economic opportunities that in our ignorance we were unable to see and have now lost in our current chase after the integrated dollar. For those who missed the brotha's outstanding presentation Thursday night let me give you the gist of the message as it pertains to what I'm trying to say. Brotha OldSoul pointed out to us that the difference between the wealthy and the poor is not money. They can both have money. In fact, for many of us the abundance of money can blind us to just how poor we really are. The difference between the wealthy and the poor, the brotha informed us, is how they use money. The wealthy use money to buy a$$ets. The poor use money to buy liabilities. An a$$et is something that will pay for itself and bring a profit above and beyond not only the initil cost but also its maintainance and overhead. A liablility is anything that costs money to have without bringing in ebough money to offset its cost. For instance, a car is a liability because it costs money to own a car. On the otherhand, a well run hotel or farm can be an a$$et in the right economic environment. What I'm saying is before integration we had more a$$ets than we do now. Today any Black person who considers himself wealthy can look around and find that all he really owns are liabilities. This is why whites don't mind giving us money cause they know they will get it right back when we spend it. Under segregation we had our own stores, our own restaurants, our own hospitals, our own schools, our own everything because we weren't allowed to use what the white man had. Once Jim Crow was lifted and we were free to at least imagine that we could do what we wanted if we had only realized the value of what was already our own and worked on it to make it better we would have something by now. We wold have much more valuable a3$$ets than we do now. Instead we threw what was our own away and went after what belonged to the white man. As brotha Pan told me that just opens the door for discrimination. No matter how much cash I have if I am in someone else's store they can refuse to serve me. However, no one can discriminate against me in my own store because it's mine. You say Blacks don't support their own. WEll, what's it gonna take to change that--the return of Mr. Crow? Or maybe we don't have to wait for self-sufficiency to be imposed on us. Maybe we can procur it on our own terms. Nobody has freedom handed to them on a silver platter. Even the white man had to fight the British. Even a baby has to force its way into the world. If we as a people responded to being born the same way we respond to our economic situation we would die in the womb.