What’s Up For Us: Investment or Disinvestment?
“True compassion is more than flinging a coin at a
beggar; it comes to understand that the edifice that
produces beggars needs restructuring.” - Dr. Martin
State of Black America is sad. From our beginnings to
our ends, America’s status quo for African Americans is
the back of the pack. For decades, urban blacks’ infant
mortality rates, health standards and facilities have
ranked with those of Third World countries.
In reality, much of our
predicament is of our own making. Quoting Malcolm X:
"You've been had. You've been took. You've been
hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, run amok." With the
Black Community’s dependency on government for their
betterment, it’s ironic that their elected
representatives are firmly ensconced among America’s
Establishment, subordinating our representation to that
of their perceived responsibilities to the status quo.
Yet, our electorate continues returning them to office.
The average number of terms members of the Congressional
Black Caucus (CBC) (including family members succeeding
family members) is over 10 years.
Sadly we don’t have
Malcolm or Martin around to tell the
predominately-Democrat CBC that: “the American system is
not working for the masses of our people, and it cannot
be made to work without radical and fundamental changes
they have to initiate”. Most CBC members were not
elected yesterday, and therefore, cannot continue to be
given a pass when it comes to the sad state of affairs
Instead of addressing
conditions of poverty, lack of decent housing, high
rates of unemployment, poor medical care, and inferior
educational facilities and funding in Black communities,
members of the CBC are busy pushing disinvestment in
Sudan, Africa’s largest country. Instead of providing
assistance toward innovative urban capitalization
initiatives in our communities, half of CBC members’
attention has been directly half a world away to hamper
the growth of black people America’s Establishment
doesn’t like. Instead of demanding that the corporate
chieftains who finance their campaigns and political
actions committees (PACs) make investments to help
create jobs and revitalize our neighborhoods, members of
the CBC are going along with the Congressional
Establishment Congress who seeks to punish Sudanese that
refuse to kowtow to America.
Because they’ve been
mesmerized to buy into a political system that does not
address their needs, local Black American activists are
not addressing their own needs. They allow Black
America to remain in the nation’s sorriest state. We
are isolated in neighborhoods without living wage jobs
or public transit to access employment in other areas.
Our children struggle in poor quality, deteriorating
schools and live in communities plagued with poor air
and water quality and toxic sites. Our neighborhoods
lack important services and amenities like grocery
stores, banks, safe parks and inviting public spaces;
yet, we allow the CBC’s
political agenda to direct our attention and resources
to further destroy infrastructure in Sudan.
The most flagrant example
of black people shooting themselves in the foot is
homage they pay to Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel.
The 70-year-old Democrat has made a home in the House
and over the last 30 years has become one of Congress’
most powerful members. On the black-hand side, Rangel
is a leader in the campaign for disinvestment in Sudan.
On the side of the Establishment he is one of the
Democrat’s most effective fund-raisers. Rangel is a
darling among corporate bankers, investment chieftains
and others needing congressional considerations due to
his status on the House Ways and Means Committee, yet
there is little evidence of the presence of his broad
corporate connections having invested in the people of
infrastructure of his district.
Regional growth and
development patterns profoundly impact the life
circumstances of low-income people and communities of
color. Isn’t it time to demand our representative focus
attention on bettering conditions where we live and
assure we’ve involved in growth and development patters
they’re involved in all the time?