Monday, July 04, 2011

Organic Competency Development: What The Black Community Must Do Prosper In The Coming Demographic Changes In America And As The Global Economic Axis Shifts

Washington Post: Census estimates show minority babies now outnumber white babies, part of sweeping race change

When the subject of the impending demographic shift in America is discussed there are typically two tracks that the discussion takes:

  1. The White incumbent power base, seeing its power threatened are implementing or opposing certain policies that tend to threaten their power (Illegal Immigration Regulation, Anti-Nationalized Health Care, Opposition to Redistrivitve Tax Policy)
  2. The Demographic Changes favor Progressive-Secular polices and there will be a long term victory via the forces of attrition
I personally believe that the individuals in this nation are in for a rude awakening in the long run.

Too often we base our strategic efforts upon the world as it resides today - in the context of our largely intramural fight within America.  The focus on America's changing demographics and notions of how this is going to favor one group or another politically - does not sufficiently factor in the painful truths that the changing global-economic forces that are now converging or the realities of how America's present debt load is going to increasingly limit her ability to fund the nationalized resource distribution trends that those who feel confident that "their side" will be victorious appear to prefer as a governance model.

The challenge that the Black Community faces is unique. The longitudinal struggle for basic justice which later turned into an integrationalist and then redistributionalist struggle in purely political terms - is going to find itself at an abrupt decision point.

It comes as no surprise that the "Black Struggle" has by and large been a struggle against "White Supremacy"/"White Power"/"White Structural Racism".     My challenge is not that the TARGET was wrong - (We all know the color of the boot that has been upon our necks) - but that the time frame at which we acknowledged that our own organic development tasks required a more discrete system for propulsion and uplift than what a "Anti-Racism Struggle" could ever hope to deliver.

At present - for example - there are various people who discuss a 'Brown-Black Alliance" in which Hispanics and Blacks form coalitions as a means of going after "White Dominated Power Blocks".  This has been largely focused in the political domain where each of us have a vote that can be aggregated.  When it comes to business - far too often this has also focused mostly on government-related contracting.   With the fact that government contracting is often such a small amount of a given local economy's GDP - such a focus functionally limits the coalition's ability to grow to the desired scale.

In addition - if we look at various hotspots around the nation where Blacks communities have had to accept influx of various other races - it has been the Black community that has been diluted and often forced to move.  The term "Gentrification" has been popularly assigned to young White professionals moving into otherwise under-capitalized Black communities, making capital investments and then greatly increasing the property values and the tax base.  Blacks who cash out on their homes or who get behind on their high taxes - leave the community.   It is also true that as Hispanics (Miami and Greater Los Angeles) and Asians (Oakland and San Francisco) begin to tip the balance of population that the Black community's political and economic power become marginalized.

In summary - in the fight where the "White Power Block" is seen as the adversary and its take over the common goal - the interests of the Black Community is not assured in this victory.

The best advice that I can give is that the Black Community's message leaders begin to put forth a new base of recommendations by which our people seek future development.


1 comment:

Greg L said...

>>The focus on America's changing demographics and notions of how this is going to favor one group or another politically - does not sufficiently factor in the painful truths that the changing global-economic forces that are now converging or the realities of how America's present debt load is going to increasingly limit her ability to fund the nationalized resource distribution trends that those who feel confident that "their side" will be victorious appear to prefer as a governance model.<<

This is absolutely true. One of the most critical things that needs to occur right now in the African-American community is less talk and more execution. The latter will get people's attention while actually accomplishing something. I'm of the opinion that development of the African-American community is not a mass movement for the same reasons that opening a business isn't a mass movement, but small groups of competent people working almost unconsciously to solve problems and building models of success.

Basically, we need leaders to build models that can be emulated.