Monday, May 16, 2011
The Diaspora Needs The Outward Help Of "The Black Institute" More Than It Needs To Assist Foreign Black Teachers Into America
Do not take this as an attack on the reincarnation of the social justice group "ACORN" as "The Black Institute". I support their right to apply their efforts as free people any way they choose.
In her interview with The Root.com, Bertha Lewis details how she is fighting for justice for several teachers of Caribbean origin who were recruited into the United States with the promises that solid jobs and future prosperity would be theirs for the taking. For one reason or another things did not turn out as promised and thus Lewis is leading the "Broken Promises" campaign.
With all due respect - I found it odd that a group that spoke of "Sustaining The DIASPORA" would be keen on promoting the ingress of individuals from the diaspora INTO the United States. With American Blacks sitting atop a $1,000,000,000,000 in annual financial reserves - more in aggregate - I suspect - than the entire collection of Black people around the world though we are only 40 million compared to their 900 million (estimate) the question that is logically produced in my mind is - Why aren't we seeing more support for the Diaspora by having Black Americans who are trained up in the key "human resource development institutions" of America and then sent out to support "the least of these" around the world?
To be clear - the question (or indictment if you choose) should not fall on the footsteps of one Bertha Lewis and her small upstart organization. In the quest to find a sustaining PURPOSE for the Black American - one must ask why the oft heard "connectedness" with the diaspora has not been cultivated as the reason why our American school children must focus their efforts on learning productive skills. The advantage that they have in America's society is leveraged in their interactions with their brothers and sisters around the world in need of structure and methodological support.
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