Black History Re-Connect

We have blazed through the first month of 2011, and February is here. This is the month when we will begin to put up our stock pictures and posters of men and women who we were taught made the most significant contributions to black history, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and several others that come to our minds when we hit the shortest month of the year. Furthermore, we plan and attend various Black History programs where we commemorate, celebrate and honor these same men and women. We even carve out a few lessons in our schools to teach youth about a few of these people that characterize our history. Needless to say, we barely scratch the surface of our history in this month, but that sad fact is not my point...My question and thought for this EV is "How can we celebrate our ancestors and forefathers and not account for the lack of progression that has been evident over the last 30 years?"

Over the past year, I have been in a complete mode of observation, research and study of our communities and every Stakeholder component of them. I have listened and analyzed the messages, requests, and plans of black leaders on the local and national scale. As a student of life and a concerned citizen, who has committed his life to educating, empowering and inspiring our people and communities to reach its full potential, I have reached out to many of our leaders, scholars and politicians in positions to potentially stimulate the resurgence of our communities, and ask pertinent questions about the vision for our black communities.

I have asked questions about the cultural empowerment components that are critical to not just building powerful black communities here in Fort Worth, TX but because our issues are systematically rooted, they are critical all over the nation: economic, political, social and physical empowerment.

Humbly, I have poured out my heart to simply connect my thoughts, energy and efforts to strategic solutions to strengthen our collective deficiencies. Needless to say, many of my questions were left ignored and unanswered... nevertheless our communities remain disempowered and disenfranchised... and because I love our communities far too much I refuse to sit idly by and do nothing...

Fortunately, there have been pockets of people and organizations who have begun to organize and address some of the critical issues of our communities such as education and police brutality, even standing up to plutocratic powers. However, we must, in 2011, implement a strategic community power building plan. Ultimately, my two major concerns are the same aspects that have kept our communities as ghettos, "Lack of Unity and Accountability... We have built a culture characterized by pacifying promises, and proclaiming agendas that sound great and motivating but failing to set accountability mechanisms that will assure the fruition of these promises. Moreover, there has been an abundance of complaining about the U.S. economy's recession for the abundance of unemployment and poverty in our community, yet no commonsensical agenda to recycle revenue through "group economics" and create jobs for our brothers and sisters.

Furthermore, the lack of unity among the stakeholders of our communities, which is what will be necessary to build and rebuild powerful communities, is embarrassing to say the least." As a matter of fact, many of those who have the most influence and resources to push for Unity, have shunned and laughed at my optimism to Unify black communities...

I have come to the conclusion that it is critical that we refocus ourselves by starting with honest dialogue on two critical things 1. "Think about our thinking" and ask ourselves the question "Do we have a common Mission and Code of Conduct?" Again, as humbly as I can, on behalf of the least of us I request that we address these things now in 2011 and launch a 3 to 7 year plan to reconnect our people to the greatness that once characterized the civilizations, societies and communities that we built and cherished...Powerful, Self Sufficient Communities...

Who is willing to have an honest discussion about our condition, how we got here and how we will get out? To be continued...

From a Concerned Citizen and no named leader...


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