CLINGMAN: Selling Out and Buying In

James Clingman | 11/13/2013, 3 p.m.
I have often been told that everyone has a number, a price they would accept to sell out. I wonder ...
James Clingman

The sell-out/buy-in game is most prevalent in political circles, or at least connected to politics in some way or another. Black people are divided over the most trivial political issues, unlike other groups that couldn’t care less – they care about economics. Blacks are also divided over personalities, and as Carter G. Woodson said, we usually go with the mis-leading, do-nothing politicians, and the ones who are scared to make waves. You know the type; docile, non-threatening, scratching and grinning, and all talk but no action. But so what? They are gettin’ paid and lovin’ it.

We are the ones who are suffering because, even though we are holding fast and not selling out, we are buying in to the sell-outs’ mission; so we may as well be selling out ourselves. The point is that we should stop concentrating so much on who is selling out and spend more time dealing with the fact that many of us are buying in to what they say and do. We must be critical thinkers and let these manumission seekers know that while they may continue to sell-out, we will not continue to follow them. That’s on us, brothers and sisters, not them.

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 website, blackonomics.com.