> >One of the huge problems, which i propose is at least >partially the result of institutionalized brainwashing that >affects everyone of every hue is the idea that black >businesses are inferior and when multidimensional images of >people of color are presented, people of color don't always >support them. > >I get into all that stuff and i offer solutions. I'm not one >of those folks who says: "They (white people) broke it and we >is so weak dat we can't do nuthin' with out they (white >people's) help/approval/permission." I simply believe in being >honest about problems and saying, "look we can fix this >provided that we're honest about how it got broken in the >first place." > >As for personal responsibility... > >The one thing that i learned in my years in the marketing >world is that as far as marketers are concerned, "personal >responsibility" is for consumers only. Marketers take the >approach of "we can do whatever it takes to convince you to >buy something and put money in our pockets. We can lie, >manipulate, withold facts, make dangerous products, engage in >race-baiting, scare tactics, stereotypes, etc. All's fair in >Love of money... But if you, the consumer buy into any of what >we do, IT'S YOUR FAULT." > >I've never been able to figure out how personal responsibility >only applies to consumers and not marketers and >manufacturers... but that's how it works. > > Just look at the recent rulings on Gillette and Tropicana.