The Maze Jackson Social Media Question of the Week 7/23

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After watching the Sandra Bland video, it is clear that she knew her rights and exercised them, almost to textbook perfection in dealing with the police officer. She was still arrested and ended up dead. Tune in to the Matt McGill Morning Show on WVON 1690AM – The Talk of Chicago for The Maze Jackson Social Media Question of the Week, where I will ask:

Did Sandra Bland’s attitude get her killed? If not what could she have done to save her life?

Call in to 773-591-1690, post to Facebook, or Tweet and we try to get your comments on the air!

Our Own Plan | The Chicago Defender

By the time you read this article, Chicago will have elected its next mayor who once again will not be Black, but by all accounts will be elected based on the Black vote. In Chicago’s first-ever may

rahm-black-caucusBy the time you read this article, Chicago will have elected its next mayor who once again will not be Black, but by all accounts will be elected based on the Black vote. In Chicago’s first-ever mayoral runoff between incumbent Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, both candidates have spent a significant amount of their time campaigning in the city’s Black wards. But with no true Black agenda, it is important that the Black community have its own plan for the next four years, regardless of who is elected mayor.

 

The Black Agenda

Since the gains achieved during the civil rights era, there are very few issues that the Black community has consistently coalesced around, stood for or stood against consistently, which has made it difficult to build unity within the Black community. Taking this into account, the first step is a meeting of representatives from the Black political, business, civic, service and education communities to develop a Black Agenda. The Black Agenda would serve as the measurement tool of Black progress, the measuring stick by which the Black community can judge how worthy both Black and white candidates, businesses, non-profits and schools are of our support. By creating a Black Agenda, with input from all aspects of the Black community, Blacks can create our own uniform standard of accountability.

 

Black Infrastructure

When Harold Washington successfully ran for mayor, it did not happen on a whim, but was a well-orchestrated plan made possible by the existence of a Black infrastructure that no longer exists today. Washington was able to rely on the independent Black politicians for signatures and votes, Black activists for organizing and Black businesses for funding. At the time of Harold Washington’s election, there were 28 businesses in Chicago on the Black Enterprise 100. Today there is only one. Between Daley and Shakman, the Black political organizations have been decimated and the Black activist community has aged out, leaving up-and-coming activists without clear guidance or direction. Regardless of who is mayor, the Black community must rebuild its internal infrastructure of businesses, political organizations, civic and service groups, and educational institutions through consistent communication. By developing the Black agenda and having the Black infrastructure to support it, the Black community can focus on economics.

 

Black Economics

When Black politicians pass laws that help Black businesses, those Black businesses in turn hire Black people. This means that regardless of who is mayor, Black people must be vociferous in the demand for their economic piece of the pie in every aspect of city government, including jobs, contracts and purchasing. City records show that whites are still dominant in the areas of jobs and contracts, so to advance economically in the city, the Black community must redefine its path to success. Oftentimes Black activists waste countless hours protesting worksites and construction companies, knowing that a limited few companies can actually compete for the work. Instead of constantly fighting for the construction jobs, Blacks should consider fighting for the jobs that create jobs by generating contracts and providing purchasing opportunities. Blacks should consider the route of procurement over the numbers working in streets and sanitation.

 

De-Emphasize Social Services

Social services have become an all-consuming liability in the Black community. In many cases, social service agencies are not only service providers, but also major employers in the community. This leaves the Black community in a precarious position because whenever the government needs to make cuts, the first place they cut is social services, which has a two-fold effect on the Black community — cuts in services and cuts in jobs. Going forward, if the Black community is to succeed, we must decrease our dependence on social services as an economic engine and replace it with other entrepreneurial ventures that are less likely to be impacted by government cuts.

 

Regardless of who is the next mayor, the Black community needs our own plan.

Source: Our Own Plan | The Chicago Defender

Is Self-Resegregation the Answer?

The word segregation conjures up all types imagery in the minds of Black folks.  “Whites Only” water fountains and lunch counters, police dogs, Bull Connor, the images are stark and by all accounts we as Black people have come a long way, only to end up precariously close to wear we started.  Yes, Black people have been on a 50 year, 360 degree journey back to a place where we are the lowest on America’s totem pole.

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Am I suggesting that we go back to an era where the color line was strictly enforced but the harsh rules of Jim Crow?  Not at all, but I am suggesting that Black people consider retreating into our own communities and become more self-reliant.  During a time when the country continually reminds us the black lives do not matter, it seems like we are continually asking the government and other communities to “help” us or do the “right” thing, to no avail.  So I am suggesting that instead of continually asking someone to treat us right, that we do it ourselves.

I am starting to believe that it may be better for our community as a WHOLE, if we were forced to live, work, and play with each other, regardless of economic level, because it would raise the standards f the entire community.  Quite frankly, living in Chicago, segregation really never ended in socially or residentially.  Desegregation did occur economically, because as consumers Black people got the ability to spend their money with all races as long as we returned to our community.

We have enriched EVERY race but our own in our pursuit of equality.  At least when we were segregated, we had OUR own banks, merchants, restaurants, entertainment, economy, and our own system of accountability.  Now, all of that is gone and we are left with unemployment, crime, and murder.

Maybe self-imposed segregation might not be such a bad thing…as long as WE are making the choice.

Thoughts?

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