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CLINGMAN: Crimes against Black Humanity

James Clingman | 9/18/2013, 3 p.m.
We talk a lot about criminal justice and crime in the streets, especially among Black people. But there is another ...
James Clingman

There is no denying that many of us are doing well and “doing good” at the same time. There are many conscious Black business owners across the country that are carrying probably 90 percent of the load for us by doing the right thing; they get up each day determined to help empower us in some way. Hats off to them! They certainly deserve our kudos. But it’s the rest of our people, the vast majority of us, who are in jeopardy of falling off the economic cliff.

These are trying times. We are in serious trouble, and far be from me to downplay that reality. And it’s not about whether the glass is half full or half empty; this is about survival. It’s not about what certain celebrities say, if that’s all they’re doing is talking.

The situation we are facing is an ever widening gap between those who have a lot and are self-reliant, and those of us who are dependent upon and beholding to them. Much of the information we allow to permeate our brains is meaningless, useless, non-recyclable trash. The vicarious nature of many of our lives will profit us little. My suggestion is that, first, we drop down and send up some serious “knee mail,” and then get up and get to work to stop our own crimes and punishment.

Amos Wilson also said, “When the Black community squanders the economic inheritance of its own children while it fills to overflowing the coffers of the children of other communities…it gets the crime it deserves.”

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.