2009-Take stock of our progress!

According to Izania.com , at this point in history, we should be able take stock of our progress:

“We have a Black President.

We have 2 Black Governors.

We have 5 Black CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies.

The Congressional Black Caucus has 43 elected members of the U.S. Congress.

We have 643 Black Mayors.

We have hundreds more elected state and local officials.

Blacks make up 13% of the U.S. population, but only 1% of the entrepreneurs.”

What an impressive list indeed!

Reminds me of the gains I read about during the RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD in our nation’s history.

Tragically as a society, we spend so much of our brain cells on the “caboose” of our collective economic train that our “engine” often seems to be stalled in the most relevant “stations” towards collective economic prosperity.

For example, if our “engines” were working closer together and truly moving to the correct beat, the train would move and move and move. Why is it so challenging for our black dreamers, leaders and achievers to work together on a common agenda at times like these?

Our youth are always watching those who came before each of us…so “youth” is always a relative term. A “post-MLK a*sa*sination” adult is a youth to a “pre-MLK a*sa*sination” adult. A “post-Obama election” child is a youth compared to a “pre-Obama election” child.

Each one of us can teach strategic and tactical ways to continue to open the doors for the next behind us.

IMHO…there is a false perception that the economic pie is dwindling or there are too many trying to “eat” from it.

Yet, experts calculate that the collective spending of African Americans in this country is approximately $35,000 per person per year. But alas, how many of us would ever choose to “eat” off a mere $35,000 pie? How many of us have made it these days eating from far less?

Until we look the “elephant in the room” with truth, we may remain fragmented and distracted through this crucial turning point in our economic, political, sociological and technological history.

Our NEED must overcome our GREED.


Joan E. Gosier, Author of “Cotton Pickin’ Paycheck-A 21st Century Journal of Escape from Slavery” www.CottonPickinPaycheck.com


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