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Wed Jan-14-15 09:15 AM by Case_One



Blacks’ political muscle has gone soft
By Courtland Milloy Columnist January 13 at 8:07 PM

What if African Americans were as politically unified as our racial attitudes make us appear to be? Suppose, for instance, we did more than believe that racial discrimination exists but actually used our political and economic muscle to remedy race-specific problems?

There are 42 million African Americans in this country with a combined purchasing power expected to hit $1.1 trillion this year. If Black America were an actual nation state instead of just a shaky state of mind, it would have a population slightly less than Spain’s and rank as the 46th-richest nation in the world, according to a statistical profile published in the Atlantic last year.

And yet, African Americans spent much of 2014 on bended knee — pleading for justice, crying for jobs, begging for equal treatment, with President Obama declaring that “a country’s conscience has to be sometimes triggered” to bring awareness to the killings of unarmed black men and boys by police.

Stand up, Black America.

Leading up to the 2014 midterm elections, President Obama urged his base of support not to sit this one out. Too much was at stake. Black people needed to be as fired up as elderly white Republicans. Yet a poll by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leading up to the elections found that 67 percent of Obama’s base didn’t even know that an election was being held.

No point in complaining about Republicans in Congress now.

An Associated Press survey two years ago found that 56 percent of Americans have explicit “anti-black attitudes” — and the rest don’t love you all that much, either. Harvard University professor Michael I. Norton found last year that many whites now believe anti-white racism is a bigger problem than anti-black bias — the latter having been all but eliminated, they say.

On the most important issues, an NBC News/Marist College poll found last month that 52 percent of whites have a “great deal” of confidence that police officers in their community treat blacks and whites the same, compared with only 12 percent of blacks.

So whose “conscience,” exactly, are black people trying to prick?

The answer ought to be our own. Black people have serious problems, to be sure — extraordinarily high incarceration and homicide rates, for starters. But the resources at our disposal are enormous, if not always used most effectively.

“African Americans make more shopping trips than the average consumer,” reports Target Market News, an authority on black consumer habits. “They are more likely than average to buy beauty and ethnic products, children’s cologne, toiletries for both men and women, frozen meats, and fresh vegetables and grains.”

We have sweet-smelling kids but no major black-owned publishing companies that can reflect their sweet little faces in children’s books.

There are fewer than 30 black-owned banks in the country, according to the Federal Reserve, compared with about 130 such institutions at the turn of the 20th century. You’d think black people would be seeking more community-oriented banks as alternatives to the big Wall Street firms that ripped them off during the Great Recession.

Black-owned businesses are the second largest employer of black people, next to the federal government. But only 7 percent of small businesses are owned by blacks. How unfortunate that the president must go hat in hand to Corporate America, asking for $200 million to help black men and boys stay in school and get jobs.

The program is called “My Brother’s Keeper.” Better we start more businesses and hire these black men and boys. Let the brothers keep themselves.

“As shoppers, African Americans are influencers and trendsetters whose purchasing habits affect others,” Target Market News said. “They set trends in their purchase of apparel, autos and food and in their use of social media.”

Surely we can influence more than that.

The Atlantic article cited a speech by the black scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, given more than 80 years ago, titled “A Negro Nation Within a Nation.” In it, he declared:

“The peculiar position of Negroes in America offers an opportunity. . . . With the use of their political power, their power as consumers, and their brainpower . . . Negroes can develop in the United States an economic nation within a nation . . . ”

At the very least, we could stop expecting people who hate us to save us.

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Jan 14th 2015
he's right. starts with the grass roots.
Jan 14th 2015
But did you vote in the poll tho?
Jan 14th 2015
Jan 14th 2015
      yep. on my phone so I can't link do your googles nm
Jan 14th 2015
           interesting, well at least something is cohesive
Jan 14th 2015
                its all cohesive and logical. its the future.
Jan 14th 2015
RE: Wash/Post Columnist says "Blacks’ political muscle has gone soft."...
Jan 14th 2015
that was pretty pointless *edit*
Jan 14th 2015
So you can't see it huh?
Jan 14th 2015
      yeah i'm a complete idiot
Jan 14th 2015
           I'm glad to see it. Now do better
Jan 14th 2015
                your reading comprehension sucks
Jan 14th 2015
                     And you're a self-proclaimed Idiot.
Jan 14th 2015
                          Oh yes, I'm the one keeping blacks focused on being consumers
Jan 14th 2015
                               You really love living within the margins of exaggerations huh?
Jan 14th 2015
                                    do you know what 'margin' and 'exaggeration' mean?
Jan 14th 2015
Jan 14th 2015
                                              but teacher, you didn't answer my initial questions
Jan 14th 2015
                                                   Your only question was " "do you know what 'margin' and 'exaggeration' m...
Jan 14th 2015
                                                        A lot of space in this post
Jan 14th 2015
                                                        A lot of unnecessary space in this post
Jan 14th 2015
                                                        let's just be clear on that space
Jan 14th 2015
                                                             Dude, you said the article was pointless. I asked you a question
Jan 15th 2015
                                                        I'm speaking gibberish, by asking questions from your definition
Jan 14th 2015
                                                             Homes, you asked ONE Question and I answered it.
Jan 15th 2015
                                                                  questions (sentences with ? at the end) from above
Jan 15th 2015
                                                                       In summary,
Jan 15th 2015
Jan 14th 2015
Would any of this actually happen?
Jan 14th 2015
stop being an idiot and publish a black children's book
Jan 14th 2015
It's foolish to expect non-blacks to positively cater to blacks
Jan 14th 2015
      more foolish to think this is the crux of our issues n/m
Jan 14th 2015
      not the crux, but we have to be responsible for our image
Jan 14th 2015
      No one ever said it was the crux of our issues n/m
Jan 14th 2015
           but it is the crux of this article n/m
Jan 14th 2015
                The article is only addressing on issue. This is not a Doctoral Disserta...
Jan 15th 2015
      and it isn't neccesary in this example.
Jan 14th 2015
           Every ghetto has the potential to turn empty lots and buildings
Jan 14th 2015
                sure once they become communities and not ghettos n/m
Jan 14th 2015
                     That's how you turn them into communities
Jan 14th 2015
                          whilst work can be an organising factor in peoples lives
Jan 14th 2015
                               won't disagree but can't agree until it's actually attempted
Jan 14th 2015
                                    gotta try before we say it won't work
Jan 14th 2015
Does he talk about how redistricting has had a role in this?
Jan 14th 2015
Maybe because redistricting is cause by the elected officials.
Jan 14th 2015
      An elected official would not vote to redistrict themselves out
Jan 14th 2015
           RE: An elected official would not vote to redistrict themselves out
Jan 14th 2015
Jan 14th 2015
Its true
Jan 14th 2015
no excuses your president is Black.
Jan 15th 2015
Black folks are comfortable with White Ppl solving their problmes
Jan 15th 2015
And we are the only ones that believe in this nonsense.
Jan 15th 2015
Yes, we are the only ones
Jan 15th 2015
what kinda problems ?
Jan 15th 2015
      Schools, Health, Relationships
Jan 15th 2015
foh at putting democrats election collapse on blk ppl
Jan 15th 2015
there was a lot of truth minus fact and fact minus truth
Jan 15th 2015

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