Blackonomics: Ignored and Taken For Granted
10/17/2012, 6:51 p.m.
Malcolm X characterized the same principle in more colorful words. He said, "Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two thirds of the government, and that party can't keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that party, you're not only a chump, but you're a traitor to your race."
So, as for being politically taken for granted and ignored , Black people must first realize our condition and then acknowledge it, no matter how much it hurts, and then we must act in accordance with the reality - the truth - of the situation.
And, as E. Ethelbert Miller suggested, we must understand the economic issues at hand and those inherent in MLK's speeches and his subsequent initiatives, as he called for economic responses to economic problems. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also said, "The emergency we now face is economic, and it is a desperate and worsening situation." He was talking about "silver" rights, not civil rights.
Not only can we not afford to wait, we can no longer afford, as if we ever could, to be ignored and taken for granted.
Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation's most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site, blackonomics.com.