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Black Infrastructure – Theory

There is a longstanding debate on whether integration of schools, ideas, resources and public facilities helped or hurt Blacks in America. No matter how you feel about it, there are some backlashes that did take place. Civil liberties are something that all humans should be born into and if we didn’t, there is no doubt that we should strive to achieve it. Today, we find that the black community is conferring more college graduates than any other time in history, yet our business and community infrastructures still lag behind.

There are several reasons for this:

One reason is the microwave society that we have bought into. If we do not see results immediately, we rarely become a part of something. The black community is not the only ones guilty of this but the black community suffers the most from this behavior.

People seek security. We prefer to be in safe situations even if there are fewer rewards than being in volatile ones. So we find safe places to live (generate tax revenues outside our communities), go to school (build institutions outside our communities) and earn money (these tend to be in jobs rather than entrepreneurship). A number of black communities are only suffering because of those who have “arrived” that are emigrating from our communities at record levels. The jobs we seek are often with infrastructures that have been around for many years, hence we take our expertise and do not build our own.

The innate nature of a woman is determination. She will see a goal and persevere until she reaches it. This has been one of the reasons why the female high school graduation rate is so much higher than the male. What happens when she graduates? She seeks safety. (Seek bullet 2.) The end result is much of our talent is being deposited into building infrastructures outside of the black interest. I don’t blame our females either. The black male must be the visionary and create institutes that make our females feel safe to be a part of. If not, she has limited options.

Now, do not misunderstand. Integration was a beautiful and necessary step in the evolution of America, however in the process many Blacks chose to forego the use of their infrastructures to utilize others’. One of the side effects we find is a much higher unemployment rate among the black citizens of America. This is simply because of the lack of black owned businesses. I agree that we all can’t be Freedom Fighters (risk-taking entrepreneurs). Some must stay at home to safeguard and build the infrastructure. Other countries do this. They send their citizens abroad to colleges to learn of other societies and cultures, then they return to implement what they’ve learn. We can duplicate this process. We sometimes fail to return. If we solve the economic problem, we solve many problems, to include discrimination and unemployment. Many would say that focusing on racial infrastructures is not needed in these days but I would say that this is a convenient statement for others to make while they are secure in their culture’s strong infrastructure. The black infrastructure is the only infrastructure not sustainable in America. However, all others invite us to participate in the building of theirs, whether by employees or consumers but rarely as stockholders.

More to come…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Andy permalink
    May 9, 2011 6:58 pm

    Awesome, now that you have clearly defined poor. Can you define wealth?

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    March 26, 2013 11:10 am

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