Emerging Black leadership must thoroughly document the disturbing and disproportionate outcomes of the Covid-19 outbreak. They must focus on and highlight, yet again, the Enormous cracks and inequalities in American society that are being exposed at every level during the outbreak that have put Black Americans at extreme risk of future survival.
For far too long now many Black American politicians have been running on poverty issues and points. Increased welfare, increased Medicare, increased housing, rights for everyone or other “Group” first etc. How many of them dare to talk about Black Empowerment or Reparations without offending their oppressor? How many talk about the creation of new exclusive Black educational models and centers.
How many of them talk about protecting what’s left of Americans vanishing Black communities via “Exclusive Black Economic Development and Job Creation” protective zones etc.?
Many Black politicians still reproduced and run on the old ironic strategy of seeking to become “that” Black Leader by means of White acclamation and validation. Therefore, the focus on local elections, building local Black economic hubs and the repopulating of Black neighborhoods are so critical at this very moment.
Due to generations upon generations of profound indoctrination, from slavery to Jim Crow to the war on drugs to Covid-19, many Black politicians and individuals alike feel that they are inherently incapable of mounting a successful campaign against oppressive White power structures and therefore must seek the least onerous accommodation to it.
This perception of and orientation toward Black political and economic power on the part Black Americans and their subservient leadership, is but a prescription for their unending subordination, exploitation, and ultimately, when it is convenient to the purposes of their oppressors, their genocidal demise.
Therefore, if they are to survive and prosper in freedom then, like it or not, emerging Black leadership must come to terms with Power. They must be ever conscious of the fact that “The Establishment, whatever rewards it gives them and those who they serve, will also, if necessary, to maintain its control, destroy them. This is the primary power relationship between the Dominate society and Black Americans. As such, it essentially defines the character of White supremacy relative to Black subordination.
The United States is by some measures the richest and most powerful nation in the world. It also has the second-highest poverty rate among developed countries and largest prison population in the world, all disproportionately Black, according to a 2017 ranking.
The extent of poverty in the United States is less well-known, even though poverty is one likely result of the legislative policies that produce inequality. Throughout the History of America, the dominate society and corporate elite has utilized the government and the social system for its own self-aggrandizement, self-enrichment, and political-economic hegemony. All being greatly exposed during this outbreak.
The dominate American society persistently refuses to address the root cause of economic injustice, inequality, racism and poverty. So, in this watershed moment, all Black Americans must call for a serious examination and reevaluation of what we are accepting from Black leadership. In the process of that examination, no one should expect to receive or to be given a pass. Leadership of every stripe and at every level must stand for examination and stand to be held accountable.
Emerging leadership must learn from the current and past failed leadership. Here in our region, even though it’s not where it ultimately needs to be considering it’s one of the worst places in the country for Black Americans to survive, we are fortunate enough to have a few unapologetic, strong and up to date emerging Black leaders.
Emerging Black leadership must come to understand that you cannot exist without economic and political power. Without power there is no life. There is no community. And eventually there will be no reasonable way to survive. You need power to act, to behave and Survive in the world. And consequently then, Black Americans and its emerging leadership must interpret what we are about in terms of power and how to obtain it. We have the possibilities.
We just need to reorganize ourselves. We need to organize our consciousness, priorities, our collective personalities, our culture and see them as instruments of power and use them as instruments of power to transform our situation.
Emerging Black leadership in what’s left of America’s vanishing Black communities must develop specific Black Agendas that directly and immediately address the most pressing issues oppressing those who they were elected to serve. We waste a lot of precious time when we talk about the dominate society as having power.
This organization would implore for emerging Black leadership to recognize that power ultimately has to do with the relationship between people. And that the dominate societies so-called power is to a great extent based upon the nature of the relationship it has with Black Americans. We empower it by the nature of our own indoctrinated behavior and attitudes as a people.
But it is time for us to change the slave consciousness. This consciousness of servitude that is still too much with us today.
The dominate society cannot exist or be what it is unless we are what we are. If we look at and examine our continued behavior, we will see that to a good extent it is that behavior; our values, priorities, our consciousness, the kinds of personalities we’ve established in ourselves, our tastes, our desires and our needs that maintains and keeps this oppressive system in this position of domination.
And even though Dominate America leadership is bragging about the millions of jobs it’s creating, those jobs are Flex, part-time jobs, casual, low-wage jobs and jobs that have little or no future. They have no way of creating the generational wealth or economic infrastructure that Black America would need to meaningfully survive in America.
So, when the dominate society talks about creating jobs, you must ask what kinds of jobs are being created. That’s why the system is not investing in Black education, communities or job creation. It no longer needs Black Americans to maintain its employment structure.
You see it bringing in people from outside the nation to be employed or outsourcing to other nations to support their own survival. You see it even is hiring in other nations and other places. Already, it has reached the point where its need for Black Americans is pretty much saturated and coming to an end.
And with little to no resistance or meaningful action by current Black leadership, the dominate society is literally accelerating its plan to continue warehousing Black Americans in jails and prisons, encouraging rouge Police, provoking us to kill and destroy each other in these streets.
Even though the old guard Black leadership has failed in many ways, when Black American individuals decided just to get off the buses and walk, the system changed. When they just stopped sitting in the back. Just changing that relationship changed the nature of power in that system.
When Black Americans kept their money in their pockets, when they sat on those stools and blocked the other people from them and changed the nature of the interaction between themselves and Europeans, the nature of the system changed. So, therefore, we have tremendous power; it depends upon how we align ourselves as a people and how we decide to relate to other people in the world, because they cannot have what they have unless we are who we are.
The long history of White American domination of Black Americans, which has been enforced and reinforced by the use of physical force and violence, psychic violence and coercive power, has in effect convinced the majority of current Black leadership that the dominate society is invincible. Moreover, this history has undermined the self-confidence of most Black Americans, narrowed their vision of their possibilities and power, restricted their aspirations to the narrow confines of racial accommodation and assimilation, to being the paternalistic recipients of White sympathy rather than expanding their aspirations to include the overcoming of White power and achieving full, unfettered self-liberation.
The unending maintenance of this self-defeating state of mind in Black Americans is the fundamental objective of White domination and the keystone upon which the infrastructural facade of the dominate society rests.
That is why emerging Black leadership shouldn’t have to spend a great deal of time always appealing to the dominate society, and analyzing them, because we can better appeal to our own sense of self and our own consciousness. Those energies can be transferred to developing a specific Black Agenda that uplifts those whom they serve and utilized to build allegiances with those in the dominate society who are like minded.
Current Black leadership waste a lot of time trying to transform the thinking of the dominate society, when by transforming ourselves, they will be transformed automatically. The power is in the hands of emerging Black leadership. The power is in the hands of emerging Black leadership.
Black Americans are not destined to be the servants of the dominate society. That is not the destiny of black folk. And yet, current subservient leadership is still organizing the education of our children as though the dominate society has jobs waiting for them in multitudes.
How different our education structure and its production outcome would be if we sent our children to exclusive educational structures that taught them to create jobs and economic opportunities for themselves. To create their own economic and political systems. To see themselves as the major sources of their own employment and that of their communities.
Current leadership is always being overwhelmed by events and overwhelmed by the future. Instead of creating events, creating the future and Building the future. With a good theory, concept and exclusive Black Agenda one can do that.
Make no mistake about it; every group that has entered America have studied the Black community as it is the most likely place that they are able to increase their economic base when needed. Unfortunately for Black American, they are the one group that does not conduct research upon others, not even themselves, with a singular purpose of strategically increasing their own politico economic power. It is the foundation of their impoverished state, lack of unite and collectivism.
One of the most daunting aspects of American race relations is that the Capitalist system calls for the rich to exploit the poor and the strong to prey upon the weak. Such priorities have facilitated every group, except for one, to develop strategies to not only increase their power, but also use their resources to defend their community, their citizenry, institutions, and most importantly develop ‘cultural continuity’.
Unfortunately, the values that Black Americans pursue are slave values and the values of servants. The social relations that we create and interact with were built and developed during the period of slavery. We have not escaped it at all. But it is time for us to change the slave consciousness. This consciousness of servitude that is still too much with us today. And it will be up to Emerging Black leadership to do so.
The questioning of the legitimacy of White political and economic power by emerging Black leadership, does not amount to a call for the overthrow of the American government. However, it does amount to a call for leadership and Black Americans alike to critically examine the origins and functions of the rules, law. Policies, morals, values, customary attitudes and behavior, common perspectives and folkways they have been convinced to accept as the result of White American physical and coercive impositions, ideological propaganda and conditioning procedures.
The power advantages of the dominate society have place them in positions to deny Blacks political, economic freedom and survival at will and enables them to engage in an almost unimpeded genocidal attack against Blacks whenever it may suit their power needs to do so.
The final end of the violent White-instigated psychic assaults against the collective psyche of Blacks is to induce in them states of false consciousness, self-alienation and self-hatred so as to irreparably impair their capacity to overthrow their White oppressors through the mobilization of their human and material resources. Emerging Black leadership must develop the power to end such domination and exploitation
Emerging Black leadership must dedicate whatever resources they can obtain to educating our own, meaning every Black man, woman, and child, with a liberating curriculum that makes the development of politico economic resources to uplift the community our primary goal.
If Black Americans saw themselves as a nation, they could see that we create jobs like any other nation. Use our own creations and ability as a source of our own wealth.
Emerging Black leadership must bring about the transformation of group priorities and value systems that accentuate one primary goal, the transformation of Black American minds in urban enclaves throughout this nation until we have achieved a tradition of ‘cultural continuity’ that makes our focus upon the uplift of the Black American community our only reality. A true Black Agenda. Then we can focus on the needs of others.
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