Black People : Think Tank Hosted By Tavis Smiley...

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  1. Aqil

    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Here are a few of the things learned at the Black Think Tank this month.

    Facts:


    1. The first Americans or native Americans going back 13,000 BC were Black! Look up the Folsom people who lived in Arizona.

    2. One of the best reasons to stop our use of the term “African-American” and say “Black.”: A white person who was born in Africa, who moves to America is an African-American, and qualifies for financial aid, etc., but will get the jobs/pay privileges afforded to whites.

    3. Look up the Slavery Law of 1665 (which stayed in effect until 1968) and the Maryland Doctrine of Exclusion (1638): both laws state that Blacks must be excluded from the benefits afforded whites, and that Blacks must remain noncompetitive with whites, except in sports and entertainment.

    4. Two white men: Bill Gates and Larry Elision, combined have more wealth than the combined wealth of all 36 million Blacks in America. Civil Rights did not change the economic landscape or the balance of power in America.

    5. Asians received 80% of all government minority set aside contracts. Hello!!

    6. Blacks eat more fish than whites by a 4 to 1 margin. For every dollar whites spend on fish, Blacks spend $9 on fish. Fish sold wholesale for $1 will retail at $2.50 - $3.00. Guess what business we should be in as Blacks?

    7. There are no Black-owned national cable or major network television stations. The Black woman who owns our only Black-owned radio stations, plans to sell to white owners after hearing the deal Bob Johnson received for selling BET. (Cathy Hughes is from OMAHA...y’all!)

    8. There are no Black-owned companies on the Wall Street Stock Exchange where Blacks own the majority or controlling interest of the stock.

    9. 96% of all prison inmates are Black men.

    10. Over the next two years 440,000 Black inmates will be released from prison. The State has no place to put them as they re-enter society. A profitable business would be a Halfway House!

    11. In 1860, 98% of all Blacks in America worked for white people. In 2001, 98% of all Blacks in America still work for white people.

    12. In 1860, Blacks in America had a combined net worth of one half of 1%. Guess what, in 2001, after Civil Rights, Jesse Jackson, Oprah, Shaq, NAACP, and the Urban League, our combined net worth is half a percentage point!

    13. For every dollar earned by a Jewish person, that dollar touches 12-18 Jewish hands before it leaves their community. For every dollar earned by a Black person, it leaves the community soon as he or she earns it.

    14. The last week of April 2003, in Washington, DC Black teenagers were arrested and booked for eating McDonald’s on the metro subway. Cops cited the recent 5-4-court decision as the permission to arrest lawbreakers even for minor offenses.

    15. 67% of all hate crimes in America are against Blacks. After we get through being pleased that we have carpet in our office, a secretary, our name on the door, and make six figures, we do not own anything. What will happen if you miss six months of work without pay? All we have left our children is debt, not an inheritance. You cannot pass welfare or food stamps onto our kids as a nest egg! We are not even in the race.

    17. By the way, the word "race" hit the English language in the 16th century when Europeans held a contest to see who will win the race to gather the most wealth through the exploitation of Blacks!

    18. You must read Powernomics by Claude Anderson. This is our blueprint to create wealth, not just have a job, but be a business owner, so you can hire people, be listed on the Stock Exchange, develop businesses to meet our needs.

    This is "Good Food" for thought.
     
  2. PositiveMindset

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    Thank U sincerely 4 this.
     
  3. Aqil

    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Your quite welcome, PositiveMindset...
     
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    Dr. Claude Anderson..."four words"
    A leader among leaders...

    Brother Aquil....THANK YOU!

    It would be great if you could post this in a couple of other forums
    so it is heard by all...This is a powerful post and needs to be heard.
    I also think several points in this thread would make
    for excellent discussion in voice chat.

    I can't thank you enough for this!
     
  5. triniti424

    triniti424 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I DOUBLE THAT SUPPORT FOR THIS POWERFUL THREAD!!!!!

    THANK YOU FOR THIS BROTHA AQIL!!!
     
  6. uzoka

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    Yeah good post, but people...powerful as it is, it isn't as if you didn't know this last week or last month.

    You at least knew blacks have it bad, people 50 years ago knew that blacks had it bad, yet we STILL have it bad.

    What are you going to do with it?


    Peace
     
  7. uzoka

    uzoka Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    When am I going to stop using the word 'you' when discussing problems, it's highly confrontational and often gives others the impression that you are blaming them.

    Apologies, I meant 'we'.


    Peace
     
  8. NNQueen

    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I agree

    Thank you Brother Aqil for posting this information. It is shocking when you read the statistics that seem to validate everything you thought was going on but didn't have the data to prove it. Brother uzoka, thank you for keeping it real, as they say.

    Right, there's nothing new under the sun. Don't you think it's time to do something to change the situation? Let's be practical about what it is each of us can do. Everyone isn't an Oprah or Shaq or others like them and not everyone wants to be. But what are you willing to do?

    What the Think Tank has done is lay things out on the table and highlight the challenges that Black people living in a capitalist society are faced with. Can we successfully compete for wealth following standards set by Europeans or do we see ourselves thriving and surviving under different economic/social/political circumstances? Can we compete and beat them at their own game or do we need to play a different game and write the rules for ourselves that benefit Blacks?

    Maybe the wheel does need to be reinvented. Just a thought!
     
  9. angelicsage

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    Uzoka….

    With all due respect, I think your post is overtly assumptive that some of us who replied to this thread weren’t aware of the facts and aren’t doing anything to make a difference.
    While I chose not to leave a “testimony” of sorts…having professional and educational background in entrepreneurial business…I’m very aware of many of the things Aquil spoke of and am very involved in my community, working to enlighten and empower my brothers and sisters to take this information and use it to increase minority business and financial independence. When such staggering statistics are compiled together…it creates a powerful punch…somewhat of a wake up call for those who are unaware…this is why I commended Aquil on such a great thread…I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and even I was enlightened by a few of these stats.

    Sometimes it’s more important to absorb & support the information instead of attack each other…assuming that our fellow man is “ignorant” of the information…Conversely, if he or she were unaware… “Is it not more productive to be thankful that this information has been made available thus creating a more positive, supportive and productive ethos. Unfortunately, exchanging the word “you” for “we” scarcely changes the pretentious tone of your response.

    And as NNQueen said…there is nothing new under the sun, but I feel we are in a better position socially and economically to make a difference…more now… than before. It is humanly impossible for one individual to take on each of these tasks. However, each of us will gravitate toward the area that our skill sets can be best utilized and/or matched with the skill sets of others to improve the minority economic condition.

    If we are truly interested in others responses, maybe we should be asking… “How are some/if any of us currently utilizing this information or how has the information presented, changed or enhanced your economic perception or goals?”


    Again…I commend Aquil on a great thread…and NNQueen for such engaging questions…
     
  10. uzoka

    uzoka Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    angelicsage, hi

    The question was rhetorical so no testimony required :) and I cannot assume anything about you since I do not know you.

    My question was directed to those who are not actively working toward anything in this regard.

    If you are already working on and towards something, then simply disregard it and I wish you the best in your efforts.


    Peace
     
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