Debate: African Americans Need To Accept Accountability

Last year was the first year I decided to really voice my true political opinions and social commentary. Coincidentally I lost a record number of followers and “friends”.  You see because I had never fully voiced my opinions on such an open platform such as Facebook, people couldn’t understand were these views came from all of a sudden. I was accused of being a hater, a racist, a republican and an oppressor sympathizer” geez that’s a lot to live up too…

Last night as I signed on to Facebook my eyes were met with the following post atop my feed:

“I have to say it bothers me that most of the black people I know or just seen around the way, always have the this “I’m for all black everything” and that’s fine but it’s like these people live in a vacuum as if blacks are the only ones been beaten down.”

Now this was from a very good friend so I felt compelled to respond:

“I will say this I care about everyone I don’t want to see anyone down and will help anyone. I believe my track record shows this HOWEVER I’m black my kids are going to be black and frankly It is not my concern what other races collectively do, period. I want to see MY people progress – it matters to me because when I face the world I am still seen as black and when I’m sitting in corporate american and they are talking about the bullshit some African-American did on the news they turn to me!”

With that said shall we begin?…

Earlier yesterday (January 8th 2014) I came across and shared a blog post (which I’m unsure is true), the  blog stated that DAME DASH said “a Jewish businessman calls black people ”liquid money” because we give it all away!! The same way that water falls out of a man’s hands, money typically seeps out of a black person’s hands the same way. Your community gets money and immediately gives it all away to people who aren’t black. We see that as a huge business opportunity.”

Examples used – black people on payday or when they get tax refunds. He noted that blacks go to an Indian business to cash the check, an Asian hair salon, a corner store owned by Arabs and/or a department store owned by whites. When it’s all said and done these other business people are waiting like hungry animals to eat blacks’ bank accounts as if they are the prey.

 Agree or Disagree?

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Greenwood a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma was one of the most successful and wealthiest African-American communities in the United States during the early 20th Century.

I have always had an immense amount of respect for the Jewish community due to the fact that here in Brooklyn; crown heights is their own universe. Having all Jewish owned businesses, schools, the synagogue, their own Jewish police and ambulance. (How’d they do that?!) I wish this for my community! I do know that early on in history, there was a community like this that existed and the money circulated 5 times before it left the community. “Black wall street as it was call was burnt down by racist business competitors.

Again I do not know if the quote from Dame is true or not, however I do know that I’ve heard many people of all races express the same sentiments including a large number of black people! That is what makes it worst, I believe African-Americans know that materialism is killing us but are at a point of utter ambivalence. In one breath we want to prove that we are capable and equal by matching the latest designer label for designer label.  In the other we’re screaming racism and unfair treatment leads to our poor economic conditions.

While African-Americans are STILL subject to racism and unfair treatment, is this really the overall cause of our economic conditions??

It is estimated that African-American’s Buying Power is To Be $1.1 Trillion By 2015 so please do not tell  me of the oppressors and the If’s and why’s you can’t pay your phone bill and/or rent!

“Here we are with the right to move into any neighborhood in america – we can’t pay the note. 

We have the right to go to any school in america, we can’t pay the tuition.

We have the right to buy any car in america but we can’t stop it from being repossessed.”

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Jesse Jackson at the National Black Political Convention, March 13, 1972. The three-day convention galvanized a generation of black political leaders.

These were the words uttered by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. at Gary’s National Black Political Convention over 40 years ago.  “We are grown. We ain’t taking it no more. No more yes boss. No more bowing or scrapping. We are 25 million strong. Cut us in or cut it out. It is a new ball game,” Jackson said in a passionate speech at the convention, as depicted on the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize.

These words are so funny to me now because though then(even now) they were far from funny and a very real evil that stemmed from the oppression of a racist nation and its laws. 40 years later, the question becomes; now that they cut us in(a little), what have we done? I say we have turned right around and oppressed ourselves. If we can spend $150 to $300 every three or so months on Jordan’s (I die a little inside every time new Jordan Sneaker is released) why aren’t more of us home owners?

The question now is at what point do we stop blaming the man, accept accountability and start working on ourselves??

Their is a very real disconnect between the rhetoric and reality of accountability among African-Americans. (The definition of accountable includes “obliged to account for one’s acts…and accepting responsibility for one’s actions or inaction’s.”)

These days, Black leaders like Rev. Jackson, celebrities and anyone else trying to save face tend to overemphasize the positive (or the status quo) while downplaying continuing barriers to our progress which often correlates with a lack of accountability. We have to both deal with positives and negatives to hold the “system accountable. While we keep down playing the negative actions and mentality of our people and only mouthing off about the oppressive actions of some we are fueling the entitled attitude and non-accountable culture we have today. With the current culture we have it is almost impossible to effectively challenge race-based inequities or hold the “system” accountable, because we are not accountable.

“Although brutally enslaved and stripped of family, values, language and culture, Blacks are perhaps the most resilient people in history. But too many of us are complicit in prolonging our systemic oppression by failing to honestly and consistently challenge barriers to civil rights and social justice. Lasting solutions to the 21st Century’s daunting, “post racial” challenges require that we re-dedicate ourselves to collective work and action; anything less will not get the job done.” – Larry Aubry


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Am I Wrong? (Tell me why you mad!)

Agree?(What did I leave out?)


Signed R

Fashion Industry survivor since ’2003. Owner of Per Diem Vision Graphic Design and most recently the founder of the urban youth foundation; Borough. I am a creative fanatic!” Read More

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5 thoughts on “Debate: African Americans Need To Accept Accountability

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  3. Hmmm, it is an interesting quote I’ve seen as well. While it’s true that Blacks on average are not doing as well as their average white counterpart, looking at the numbers from high up may be deceiving. Whites are not making, saving or investing that much more when compared to people of different races making similar incomes. Let’s be real, no one’s making a killing in the market on a 50,000 salary these days–the average in America. Most American’s are overspent and overextended. Look at holiday shopping and we can see it’s not about black or white but green–all day. As you said, racism is still in play, so this accounts for some discrepancies for sure.

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  4. I definitely agree with what Dame said (if its true) We don’t know how to save! All we do is spend spend spend trying to keep up with the Jones’. I don’t want to stereotype or sound racist in any way but Jewish people are known for being frugal/cheap/penny pinchers whatever you want to call it and they know how to accumulate and share the wealth among themselves. Whenever we get a little bit of $$$, many of us buy things that depreciate in value( cars, jewelry, Jordans especially when worn) and haven’t been taught the concept of saving. I know its great to live in the moment but you also have to think about the future and if we as a people don’t change our mindset, we will continue to not have what we think we deserve.

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    • I absolutely agree with you however my prob is statements like”We are not taught…” I a Google age, look it up! We need to spend more time educating ourselves and less time gawking over and purchasing “luxury”

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