What’s in It for the Black People?

WHAT’S IN IT FOR BLACK PEOPLE? This question is the litmus test through which we as BLACK people must view every aspect of our collective lives, if we want to thrive in this country. To change the game, we must be dispassionate to the needs of those outside of the BLACK community until they can satisfactorily answer the question, WHAT’S IN IT FOR BLACK PEOPLE?


So many times, proposals, plans and propositions are presented to us, AFTER the work has been done. They can plan for the building, the parking, and even plan the beautification, but when do THEY plan for the Black people, And when they bring the plan, it’s for the so-called “community.” Well Black people need to separate ourselves from the so-called “community” and start asking specifically, “WHAT’S IN IT FOR BLACK PEOPLE?”

Just imagine, if EVERYBODY, and I mean EVERYBODY that came into OUR community, whether it was to open a business, get a vote, do a project, or open a school had to answer the question, WHAT’S IN IT FOR BLACK PEOPLE, how different THE BLACK COMMUNITY would be?

But who is REALLY willing to ask, WHAT IS IN IT FOR BLACK PEOPLE? The answer should be everybody! So many times when I am at high profile events, BLACK folk are more interested in selfies and appearing intelligent than asking the essential question. When someone like me ask, “WHAT’S IN IT FOR BLACK PEOPLE?” Everyone gets scared and offended.

Well “WHAT’S IN IT FOR BLACK PEOPLE should be the starting point when anyone comes asking Black people for support for anything, and its EVERYBODY’S responsibility to ask.



So the next time you’re at an event, meeting, or gathering and someone is seeking what appears to be the support of the Black community, before you go into a long winded soliloquy, remember to ask, “WHAT’S IN IT FOR BLACK PEOPLE?” If they can’t demonstrate contracts, jobs, investment, and targeted community development, there are no more questions necessary, and everything else they are talking about should fall on our collective deaf ears.

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.


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.