Real Talk, Real Solution By Emmanuel Barbee

One potential benefit that can come from the recent March on Washington, which commemorated the 1963 civil-rights event, is a hard look at the various data comparing the current state of affairs for African Americans and rest of the country. For many, it has been an eye-opener to see how little progress has been made over the last 50 years in closing the economic gap between blacks and whites. I call it a shining light on the data report because there won’t be any benefit without real remedial action to improve the state of affairs. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, the gap in median household income between blacks and whites grew from about $19,000 in 1967 to about $27,000 in 2011 an $8,000 increase. Two years ago, median household income was $39,760 for blacks and $67,175 for whites.  The dismal gap in median household net worth has widened, too. It went from about $75,000 in 1984 the first time such data were collected to about $85,000 in 2011. Two years ago, median household net worth was $91,405 for whites and $6,446 for blacks.

Fifty years after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, isn’t it time for some new thinking? Shouldn’t Black America ask what can be done to achieve some real economic progress? Of course, many factors drag blacks down economically. If I could just find thirty people to step forward in working with me in starting this new movement I’ve been pushing for two decades just maybe our circumstances would have finally produce wealth creation for blacks and all low-income Americans. It involves something I’ve written about many times: starting the Grass Roots Community Activist Movement in Chicago first then eventually in 25 other cities in America. One can argue that with far less income available, blacks don’t have the resources to start our own independent political party let alone starting our own business in our communities to invest long term wealth-building programs. Blacks tend to have less understanding of the plans, creating discomfort and bias against doing something like this. These are exact reasons why low-income Americans should be able to decide where they want their tax dollars to fund and use the funds they are forced to pay in taxes to invest in a genuine wealth-building programs like the Grass Roots Community Activist Movement. Let’s recall that Social Security is not an investment program. It’s simply a tax on current workers that’s used to make payments to current retirees. Social Security takes 12.4 percent annually from just about every income earner. The employee pays 6.2 percent directly, and the employer contributes the other 6.2 percent. In 2010, The Wall Street Journal published a theoretical analysis by William Shipman and Peter Ferrara of what a couple, earning average incomes, would have accumulated over 45 years of work if they could have put that 12.4 percent of their income in a community base organization instead of paying into Social Security taxes. We  can expect that career politicians from both parties democrats/republicans will start screaming if anyone proposes to allow middle class and working class earners any choice even an option to get out of Social Security and invest in a community based organization that will create jobs and also reduce crime in those communities in which would help improve our economy and our society.  Black Americans can continue to reject my vision and watch their income and wealth stagnate for another 50 years, while the wealth gap continues to grow. Looking back at the festivities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famous “I Have a Dream” speech, it’s hard to feel like we as black people have arrived in the American Dream.

The good news:

There has been monumental progress in the quality of life, on average, that black Americans lead today.

The bad news:

Fifty years is a long time, and the progress is not nearly what it should be or could have been. Few would have dreamed in 1963 that within 50 years a black man would be president of the United States. We now have black millionaires, and even a few black billionaires. The inherent stigma of race has changed dramatically. According to a recent Gallup poll, 87 percent of Americans approve of marriage between blacks and whites, compared to only 4 percent who approved in 1959. Among white Americans, 84 percent approve of black white marriage today, compared to just 17 percent in 1969. Institutionalized racism is no longer legal in America, but it still happens as I mentioned in my other posts. According to the Census Bureau, the median net worth of black households in 2010 was $4,955 compared to a median white household net worth of $110,000. Median black household income in 2011 was $32,229 compared to median white household income of $52,214. Huge economic disparities persist today between black Americans and the rest of the nation because of racism and continuing civil rights injustices. Fifty years ago, blacks faced major institutional barriers living in America. As result of the civil rights movement and passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, barriers that allowed differential treatment under the law and permitted institutional racism were dismantled. Institutionalized racism and social injustices are examples why disparities in education and economic achievement between blacks and whites. It may be fun to come to Washington to remember and celebrate. But the answers for blacks today are not in Washington. They are in the black family, black schools, black places of worship, and most of all in black minds.

Eventually there will be an increasing numbers of black Americans looking into what I have always been talking about and posting online about starting a new black movement in Urban America that will honesty examine and deal head on with fixing  our social problems once and for all. Political correctness and a militant campaign to delegitimize religion and traditional values because of the gay movement in America. When King spoke on the National Mall 50 years ago, he said he came to cash in on behalf of black Americans the “promissory note” guaranteeing the “riches of freedom and the security of justice” transmitted in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Those who don’t wish to read the Christian Bible are not forced to. Those who don’t wish to live as Christians are not forced to.  I would argue that it is these very efforts to purge Christian values and replace them with political power that has limited the success and achievement of the civil rights movement. It is the collapse of the black family, the escalation of crime, and drugs that has occurred over the 50 years since the March on Washington that has deleterious black progress.

The civil rights movement was a Christian movement. It is high time that black pastors, rather than black capitalist, it is time for the Bible, rather than political answers, to define black life. In a poll done by Zogby International earlier this year, commissioned by BET founder Robert Johnson, 28 percent of blacks agreed and 55 percent disagreed that gay rights are the same thing as rights for African-Americans. Yet homosexuals have hijacked the civil rights movement. And in doing so, they have interjected their own agenda at the expense of black suffering. Let’s take back our movement. Rebuilding black families by restoring the black community and focusing on traditional Christian values back in black life. We should only support politicians who agree with this agenda. We should give black parents a choice where they decide what school to send their children via public schools or private schools. I have ran across a lot of Afrocentric/Black Nationalist who claim they want to liberate Africa but when I tell them before we can liberate our African brothers and sisters we have to first liberate our brothers and sisters who reside in the hood/the black ghetto.  For two decades I have been trying to people within my own city to work with me in starting my organization the Grass Roots Community Activist Movement. Still to this day out of 125,000 people that I correspond with on 300 social networks I don’t have anyone on my board of directors and only three faithful people on my advisory board this is unacceptable.  This is why I wrote my book “The Solution For Black America: Reclaiming, Rebuilding, And Restoring The Urban Ghettos In America” Second Edition. This is an auto-biography about my experience growing up in the inner city of Chicago. In my book I provide a road map on how my organization will end gun violence, poverty, and structural inequality within the communities and cities that we will serve. I also wrote my book in order to generate capital/seed money, in order to offer incentives to thirty talented individuals within the state of Illinois or beyond who have read my book and agree with what I am trying to do in Urban America to come to Chicago and work with me directly in starting my organization up and running. The heart of my organization is Help Stop The Genocide In American Ghettos. The Grass Roots Community Activist Movement will be a private for profit service base business. It will have three main components: a social service component, a spiritual component, and a political component.

We will pick up where Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement ended “The Poor People’s March.” In 1968 Dr. King lead an effort to gain economic justice for poor people in the United States. They demanded economic and human rights for poor Blacks, poor Hispanics, and poor Whites. Unlike other organizations that do a partial job of addressing the issues we will focus on the entire black family from infants to senior citizens and change the negative environment in which our clients live. Once we’re established in Chicago I plan to expand to 25 other cities within 25 states. In time I plan on turning my book into a movie in order to gain cash flow from my book sells and the movie sells in order to do all the things I discuss in my book. I wrote my book to spread my vision beyond cyberspace in hopes of reaching reasonable brothers, sisters, and others who will work with me within my organization in eliminating racial disparities in healthcare, housing, education, and economic parity, so that we can create a society which will provide opportunity for all. African Americans are working hard to live courageous and fulfilled lives in communities that are under-funded, neglected, and some often forgotten. I want to make Chicago a model first before we expand to 25 other cities in America. Once this organization is established in the United States I plan on expanding my organization abroad to Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean Islands. Real Christian Socialist Online

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